Watch Live: Alonso giving masterclass in Daytona rain

Fernando Alonso is delivering a masterclass of race driving during a remarkable stint at the wheel of the #10 Minolta Cadillac in the rain just after the halfway mark in the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The double Formula 1 World Champion entered the cockpit, replacing Jordan Taylor, when the rain began and after a flurry of pitstops he emerged in third and proceeded to scythe through the field and when the rain came down he was at times five seconds faster than any driver, while in traffic, at the legendary event this weekend.

In less than half an hour after taking the lead of the race he extended the gap to an incredible 49 seconds! A long full-course yellow put a temporary end to a jaw-dropping performance.

Monsoon-like rain pelted down relentlessly, with seven hours and 13 minutes to go the race was red flagged.

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