Mosport: Corvette Racing qualifying report

Corvette Racing shatters GTS qualifying record at Mosport Oliver Gavin bests qualifying record by nearly two seconds in his first drive at circuit Bowmanville, Ontario -- Corvette Racing's C5-R powered Oliver Gavin to the fastest speed in ...

Corvette Racing shatters GTS qualifying record at Mosport
Oliver Gavin bests qualifying record by nearly two seconds in his first drive at circuit

Bowmanville, Ontario -- Corvette Racing's C5-R powered Oliver Gavin to the fastest speed in qualifying for the GTS class on Saturday at Mosport International Raceway. Gavin and teammate Kelly Collins will start Sunday's Toronto Grand Prix of Mosport from the first row of the GTS class, ninth overall, after qualifying the #4 Compuware Corvette C5-R at 1:14:417, or 118:957 mph. His time eclipsed the qualifying lap record of 1:15:986, set in 2002 by Terry Borcheller, by over 1.5 seconds despite new rule changes that restrict engine power. Ron Fellows qualified his #3 Compuware Corvette C5-R at 1:15:115, or 1:17:851 mph, which also bests the previous qualifying record in the GTS class. Fellows and teammate Johnny O'Connell will start Sunday's race from the fourth position in class, or 13th overall on the 33-car grid.

"I'm very proud of the team today and Oliver Gavin showed that he's truly a professional with that lap time," said Harry Turner, GM's Group Manager for Road Racing. "This is Ron Fellows's home track, so I do not believe we'll be at a loss for excitement once the race begins. We're proud of today's times and we've tested here to ensure we have the right setup for this weekend. We also owe a lot to the work the Goodyear people have done to improve our tire package. The tires are quite good and we can run nearly a full driver stint with virtually no loss in performance. Even with the disadvantage we have with our restrictors, our engines and new chassis are turning out to be so good that we're running about two seconds faster than we did here just one year ago. I'm looking forward to quite a battle this weekend."

Qualifying briefly stopped after Domenico Schiattarella spun his #0 Oliver Garden Ferrari 550M and went off the course at Turn 4. After the green flag dropped again to begin the remaining 12 minutes of qualifying, Corvette factory driver Gavin claimed his 1:14:417 time. Ron Fellows, driving the #3 Corvette C5-R, was held up in traffic but still managed to record a lap better than any of his previous qualifying times; his time also eclipsed the previous qualifying lap record at the circuit.

"It's my first time racing here at Mosport and I must say I've never been so comfortable at a race track," said Oliver Gavin, driver of the #4 Corvette C5-R. "I really got into my qualifying lap and luckily didn't have issues with traffic as Ron Fellows did. I do believe that, if we had run that session with new Goodyears as opposed to the slightly worn-in tires we used, we would have seen times in the high 1:13-second range. I'm thankful to the boys for giving me a great setup and Kelly and I are looking forward to tomorrow's race."

Gavin's fast time marks his third GTS pole position of the season; all three pole positions have broken previous lap records. He is currently tied for first place in the GTS drivers' championship along with fellow Corvette drivers Kelly Collins, Ron Fellows and Johnny O'Connell.

The Corvette Racing team will take to the track Sunday morning for a practice session before staring the 2-hour, 45-minute Toronto Grand Prix of Mosport at 1:30 p.m.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Ron Fellows , Johnny O'Connell , Kelly Collins , Terry Borcheller , Oliver Gavin
Teams Corvette Racing