Anthonio Garcia called Corvette Racing's tightly-fought victory in the GTLM class 'perfect' after he edged out Dirk Werner's BMW by just 0.478s at the finish line for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The 24-hour race came down to a seven-and-a-half minute shootout between Garcia in his Corvette C7.R and Werner after PC class leader Colin Braun crashed his CORE autosport car, causing a full-course caution period. The BMW car closed down the gap with Garcia but wasn't able to pass him, handing victory to the Spaniard and his co-drivers Jan Magnussen and Ryan Briscoe.

"Every time you win here it's very, very special," the three-time Le Mans winner said. "This is a very unique race. It's the first race of the year, so it's very difficult to be at 100 percent right away for the team and for the drivers. Everything ran perfect, and as Ryan Briscoe said, we just kept our nose clean, and I had the best car to fight on the last eight minutes of the race."

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The victory was Corvette Racing's first GTLM class victory at the Rolex 24 since 2001, but the team didn't compete at Daytona between 2002 and 2013, before re-joining in the USCC for its inaugural 2014 season.

Garcia, who won the Rolex 24 in 2009 with Brumos Racing, explained the team did a perfect job in the highly competitive GTLM class.

"You couldn't see a better lineup overall for all the manufacturers here," he added. "Since lap one all the way to the last lap, we showed that GTLM is very competitive and you can't afford to do any single mistake. I'm very proud that I was in the right car, and we just did what we had to do - drive a perfect car."