AIM Autosport have endured a confident start to what is only their second Rolex 24 at Daytona, the team running eighth after the sixth hour, nine positions up on their qualifying position.

Arguably something of an outsider for a top ten result due to their inexperience, the partnership of Brian Frisselle, David Empringham and Mark Wilkins has steadily made their way through the field to be inside the top ten as the race heads into the evening.

"We're plugging away," said Empringham. "The car's really, really good. We're trying to save the car, but also push as much as we can without risking anything. just got sprayed with oil so I couldn't see anything, but the track's really good."

Their performance in the GT class, with Dave Lacey, Greg Wilkins, Lance David Arnold, Tom Papadopulus and Johnny Mowlem at the wheel, has been equally impressive, the team getting their Porsche 911 GT Cup car into fifth place.

"I'm thrilled with the way the weekend's going so far," said Lacey. "We had a great start. The whole race has been caution-free, which is highly unusual. It's been great running for us - this really plays to our strength because our drivers are so consistent in their times. The car is very sound mechanically; we were one of the last GT cars to pit under the fuel window."