What is the Triple Crown in motorsport, has Fernando Alonso won it and which other drivers have earned the accolade?

CARS and circuits come in all shapes and sizes – and some drivers just want to conquer the world.

From Formula One to Indy Car, there are many who have tried to excel in more than one event over the years.

 The 24-hour race at Le Mans has its 2018 winner

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The 24-hour race at Le Mans has its 2018 winner

What is the Triple Crown in Motorsport?

ALTHOUGH an unofficial achievement, the Triple Crown is one of the most sought after in racing.

It is claimed by winning the three most prestigious races in the world.

These are the Monaco Grand Prix, Le Mans 24 Hour and the Indianapolis 500.

The races differ so much with the types of car involved and types of circuit that very few ever attempt it.

In motorsport history, only 19 drivers have competed in all three legs.

 Alonso and his Toyota hybrid were big favourites - and now he has 2/3 of the Triple Crown

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Alonso and his Toyota hybrid were big favourites – and now he has 2/3 of the Triple Crown

Has Fernando Alonso won it?

THE SPANIARD is well known for his exploits in Formula One and is a double World Champion.

He has won the Monaco Grand Prix twice – first in 2006 and once again the following year.

In 2018 he won the Le Mans 24-hour race, bringing it home for Toyota to end their long drought at the event.

Alonso took part in the 2017 Indianapolis 500, but finished 29th.

He needs to win that race to cement the Triple Crown.

Which other drivers have?

ONLY one driver has ever successfully completed the Triple Crown.

That accolade goes to Britain's Graham Hill.

 Graham Hill won Monaco GP, Le Mans 24 hours race and Indy 500

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Graham Hill won Monaco GP, Le Mans 24 hours race and Indy 500

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