Third place finish for Martin

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Silverstone’s John Martin finished third in last weekend’s Rolex 24, the famous Daytona 24-Hour Race in Florida, writes James Beckett.

Driving a Corvette Daytona Prototype, Martin was making his debut in the Florida event, the opening round of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship.

During the event, the regular FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) racer became the first Australian to lead the Daytona 24-Hours in its history. He said afterwards: “This is a great race. I have really enjoyed being part of the team here at Daytona and I look forward to coming back in the future.”

The second Action Express Racing team car, similar to the one that Martin was driving, won the race driven by Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipladi and Sebastien Bordais.

The FIA WEC season starts at Silverstone in April, although the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, the organisers of the WEC and the Le Mans 24-Hour Race, will announce the accepted entries for the 2014 Le Mans event early next month. Several local teams are expected to be on the entry list including Whittlebury’s Strakka Racing, who will be using a Dome prototype this season in the LMP2 class, and the Silverstone-based Delta-ADR squad.