McLaren Formula 1 star Fernando Alonso will make his much-anticipated sports car racing debut this weekend when he lines up on the grid for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Renowned for being one of the most gruelling and testing races in global motorsport, the 24-hour race at Daytona International Speedway has welcomed many of racing’s iconic drivers through the years.

Alonso will become the latest driver to join that list this weekend, as well as taking a first step towards the endurance portion of his ‘triple crown’ goal that may see him enter the 24 Hours of Le Mans later this year.

Alonso aside, there are a number of big stories at Daytona this year. While the likes of Cadillac, Nissan, Acura and Mazda are likely to fight for top honours in the Prototype class, Ford, Ferrari, Porsche, BMW and Corvette will duel for GTLM victory, with other manufacturers including Lamborghini, Mercedes and Lexus featuring in the GTD class.

When is the Rolex 24?

The Rolex 24 race starts at 7:40pm in the UK on Saturday January 27. The race will last 24 hours, giving a finish time of 7:40pm on Sunday January 28.

How can I watch it?

For viewers in the UK, Eurosport 2 will be broadcasting the start of the race. Its coverage will start at 7:20pm on Saturday before concluding at 8:30pm.

Eurosport 2 will then broadcast the finish of the race on Sunday, with its coverage starting at 6:45pm and finishing at 8pm.

The entirety of the race will be streamed live in the UK via IMSA’s website and app. IMSA’s coverage starts at 7:30pm, and will continue until 7:40pm on Sunday, split by a 15-minute break during the night at 4:55am. You can read our complete run-down of everything you need to know about the Rolex 24 at Daytona by clicking here.