IT'S GREAT TO BE BACK RACING AGAIN! American Le Mans Series Championship-winning driver, Oliver Gavin, yesterday returned to what he knows best -- and excels at; racing his Corvette C6.R wheel-to-wheel against some of the world's...
IT'S GREAT TO BE BACK RACING AGAIN!
American Le Mans Series Championship-winning driver, Oliver Gavin, yesterday returned to what he knows best -- and excels at; racing his Corvette C6.R wheel-to-wheel against some of the world's best sportscar drivers.
But this time, it was a Corvette with a difference as he and his team mate, Olivier Beretta, took their #4 car into the highly competitive GT2 arena in the sixth round of the ALMS at the Mid Ohio Sports Car Course. The duo finished in fourth place in class, but the result doesn't detract from what Oliver considers to have been one of his best racing weekends in the USA for a long time.
"I had a huge amount of fun, and the whole weekend went extremely well for the new GT2 car which is very encouraging. We were new to the class so a little unsure where we'd fit in amongst the competition but we proved we could mix it up with everyone except perhaps the fastest Flying Lizard Porsche. The race was fantastic and all the Corvette drivers had loads of fun.
"It was, as we expected, very competitive and I must have swapped paint with nearly every GT car in the class as there was plenty of bumping and banging going on. It started before I even got over the start line as the Farnbacher Porsche gave me a good smack on the formation lap!
"Once we got going it took about ten laps to be the tyres up to temperature and then the fun really started. We had a good strategy which got both Corvettes into podium positions, and the car was going well even when it was raining a bit which made the track tricky for a while. I think Jan [Magnussen, in the #3 Corvette] must have scared quite a few of the Challenge Cup cars because they all seemed to be spinning right in front of me, just after he'd been past them! I thanked him specially afterwards for throwing all those mobile chicanes in my way...
"The result of second and fourth for our two cars was a great first time out in GT2, even if it was a bit frustrating for Olivier and I to lose third place to the BMW towards the end. It was a shame that the caution period/safety car split the field as otherwise I think there could have been a five-way fight for the lead. That would have been even more fun!"