Andrew Palmer called his back-to-back TUDOR United SportsCar victories 'completely unreal' after the rookie driver claimed victory in the 12 Hours of Sebring race.

The university student triumphed at the North American Endurance Cup curtain raiser, Rolex 24 at Daytona, in January and has followed it up with victory in Sebring in the Prototype Challenge class.

The 20-year-old says the Sebring victory was a special moment for him and his fellow co-drivers Tom Kimber-Smith and Mike Guasch with their PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA-Chevrolet car. The team finished sixth overall in Sebring and 11 seconds ahead of its nearest PC category rival.

"Winning Sebring felt completely unreal," explained Palmer. "Daytona was great but because we took the lead so late it didn't feel like we'd actually scored victory. This is totally different; all the emotions were there when Tom crossed the line and we could celebrate together as a team. It's a super special feeling.

"As a crew we always thought we'd have the pace and car underneath us to challenge. Tom knows what it's like to win big races, but also how lucky you need to be over 12 hours around such a narrow, bumpy and fast circuit. We had a couple of scrapes but nothing major, and the car ran like clockwork throughout."

The young American driver will now have to wait until June for the Watkins Glen race to see if he and the team can make it a hat-trick of victories in the North American Endurance Cup. Until then Palmer is set to compete in Europe for the Blancpain Endurance Series with Lamborghini Squadra Corse.

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"We couldn't have asked for a better start to the North American Endurance Cup campaign and fingers crossed we'll pick up where we left off when the championship continues at Watkins Glen in June," he said.

"But for the next few months my focus switches back to Lamborghini Squadra Corse's Blancpain Endurance Series programme in Europe. We've got a two-day private test scheduled at Vallelunga in Italy early next month when we'll be shaking down the cars for the opening round.

"Plus I've got a mountain of college work to get through!"

The opening round of this year's Blancpain Endurance Series takes place at Monza on 11-12 April.