Front row start for Olly and Tommy in Baltimore

The mean streets of Baltimore were not so mean to Tommy and Olly in qualifying!

Olly will be starting the No.4 Corvette C6.R from 2nd place on the GT grid in Saturday’s Grand Prix of Baltimore. The positions is a solid one for Corvette Racing and for the drivers, who are leading in the American Le Mans Series’ GT Drivers championship.

Tommy Milner qualified in 3rd on Friday with a time of 1:30.007 around the 2.04-mile, 12-turn street circuit alongside Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Teammate Jan Magnussen in the No. 3 Corvette ended the session fifth at 1:30.132, but a post-session technical penalty for the No.56 BMW means that each Corvette will be moved up a place on the grid.  The No.55 BMW of Auberlen starts from pole.

Saturday’s race is the seventh round of the ALMS championship. Live online coverage begins at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN3. On Sunday, ABC’s coverage starts at noon ET.

Tommy and Olly placed second in last year’s race at Baltimore and they are the only pairing to win more than once in the class this season.  Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia, who stand fourth together in the championship, underwent some drama following an engine issue in the day’s first practice. The No. 3 crew changed the Corvette’s motor in less than two hours, and the car made the next session.

Tommy commented (before the BMW penalty was given), “In the end, I could have gone quicker were it not for traffic early. It is what it is. Third place is good. Based on all the practice sessions and qualifying, it will be an incredible race. I laid it all out there in qualifying. It’s so close that if I didn’t push that extra last little bit, I would have been fifth or sixth and that puts us in a worse position for the race. In this case, qualifying matters because the race matters, and because it’s hard to pass getting the car up front is important. The car feels good and should be great for the race.”

Olly added:  “Tommy had some bad luck with the traffic but then got a good clear lap and, as ever, did a great job.  I think the next lap would have been even quicker but he got traffic again.  That’s the way it goes on street tracks.  As it turns out now, with Joey Hand’s BMW being relegated, we are in a really good position for the race.  All we have to do is keep our nose clean and ride the bumps well!”

 

 

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