CORE Autosport is gearing up to defend its 12 Hours of Sebring crown after winning the race 12 months ago by just 2.428 seconds.

The team, who finished a frustrating second in the Rolex 24 Hour race at Daytona in January, maintain the same driver line-up of Jon Bennett, Colin Braun and James Gue in its ORECA FLM09 prototype car for round two of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

Bennett says preparations for the 12 Hour race in Florida are very similar to a 24 Hour race and holds the race at Sebring in very high regards.

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"Sebring has a rich tradition in endurance sport car events," Bennett said. "Sebring has always been part of the Le Mans endurance racing mystique. It's a tough race on teams, drivers and equipment. In many ways, it could be a more difficult race than Le Mans.

"I look forward to the day when the international sanctioning bodies will come together and bring all endurance competitors together for this gruelling endurance race."

The CORE Autosport team currently sit second in TUDOR PC class team standings while they lead the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup standings by four points.

Free Practice for the Sebring event begins on Thursday (19th March) with qualifying taking place on Friday afternoon. The race is scheduled to begin on Saturday 21st March at 10:40AM Eastern US time (2:40PM GMT).