Defending Rolex 24-hour winners CORE autosport are fully-focused on retaining their title in the Prototype Challenge category.

The South Carolina-based team return to the Daytona International Speedway circuit with the same line-up as 12 months ago, with Jon Bennett, Colin Braun, James Gue and Mark Wilkins sharing driving duties.

The team hope their ORECA FLM09 package can repeat the trick of last year when they took the PC class crown and finished a creditable ninth overall.

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"After last year, we certainly know what it takes to win," Braun said. "It's nice to be doing it again with the same group of people. I think it gives you a little bit of comfort knowing that we already did it and now we just need to do it again.

"We're a group of guys that want to win everything we compete in, so I think we're feeling the same way about it we did last year. If anything, we put the pressure on ourselves to do a good job."

Team owner and driver Bennett is content with the developments made by CORE autosport over the past 12 months, despite the Prototype Challenge regulations limiting what they can do to their car.

"We were impressed with the new power in our less-restricted Chevrolet motors," Bennett said. "We are hoping to see regulations that improve our top speed on the oval to help separate the classes. We spent most of the Roar experimenting and not concentrating on outright lap time."

The four-time United Sports Car Championship winners are also hunting for their fifth title in a row but Bennett said the build up to the new season has been a challenging one.

"Starting the season with a 24-hour race can be stressful," he added. "There is a lot of effort that goes into a 24-hour race. An extremely busy December usually pays dividends in January.

"But compared to last year, CORE autosport now has a successful template to work from. Last year, CORE was preparing for our first 24-hour race ever and building a full-on factory program with our partner Porsche North America."