The French team promises to be the main rival of the Japanese firm which is aiming for a fifth rank crown in the Sarthe, between Saturday and Sunday.
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For their 90th edition, the 24 Hours of Le Mans rolled out the red carpet to stars, whether from the track (Sébastien Ogier) or the big screen (Michael Fassbender). But, for the final victory in the queen category, renamed Hypercar, it is indeed a Franco-Japanese duel that we must expect throughout the 24 hours of a race whose start will be given on Saturday June 11, at 16 hours.
Toyota, on the strength of its recent successes in the Sarthe, will obviously be the favorite to aim for a fifth victory which would make it the equal of the legendary Porsche and Audi. But Alpine, winner of the first round of the season at Sebring, proved that it could do more than resist and that it had adapted perfectly to the new renewable fuels, one of the great novelties of this edition.