The Rolex 24 at Daytona is the first endurance race of the season, and the 2018 edition served up plenty of action. With competitors such as Fernando Alonso and previous 24 Hours of Le Mans winners Romain Dumas and Loïc Duval, the battle for victory was bound to be exciting. So let's go behind-the-scenes!
Won by the Action Express Racing team's #5 DPi Cadillac prototype driven by a certain Felipe Albuquerque, a former official Audi driver, the field at the first endurance race of the year (with both prototypes and GTs) was nothing short of remarkable. The presence of Fernando Alonso, for his first experience in the discipline before taking part in the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans with Toyota, greatly affected the excitement level at the race.
The Spaniard's teammate, Lando Norris (from single-seaters), also made his endurance racing debut, joining Phil Hanson, already somewhat experienced in the LMP2 class after one participation in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2017.
There was also other names well-known in the discipline, like Romain Dumas and Loïc Duval with CORE autosport, finishing third overall, and in GT, Sébastien Bourdais with Ford, and Mike Rockenfeller and Marcel Fässler with Corvette, to name just a few with excellent track records at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
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