Defending ALMS GT champions Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner, in the No.4 Corvette C6.R, were runners-up for the second consecutive season on the streets of Baltimore after one of the wildest and most unpredictable races in the series’ history. The duo finished behind their Corvette Racing team mates, Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia, and the result ensured their continued lead in the points’ standings.
The race featured a red-flag period of almost an hour after a massive crash blocked the circuit immediately following the start of the race. Olly was fortunate to avoid this, having taken the start from second on the grid, but he had a short day’s work. The length of the race was shortened from two hours to approximately 70 minutes, and both Corvettes were involved in a slight incident on the subsequent restart.
After making their one and only pit stop, Tommy rejoined the race in third place and chased down Maxime Martin’s BMW, moving into second with 41 minutes left. The race’s fourth and final caution period led to Jan making a well-timed move on Tommy and another BMW going into Turn 1 and the No.4 settled in for a good points-earning finish.
Olly said afterwards: “I’ve never been in anything like that before. You see a wreck like that at the start, and you think it’s going to be nasty. Cars start bouncing around and ricocheting everywhere and there is nowhere for anyone to go. I was off-throttle as the Level 5 car went into the wall and I thought for sure he was going to bounce back across so I got to the left and managed to miss him. He took numerous other cars in our class out including all three Porsches and the Risi Ferrari, and there was chaos behind me.
“We sat there for over 45 minutes waiting for them to clear up the mess and restart the race but then there was the added complication of the city-regulated 6:00pm racing curfew so the event went from being 2 hours to 1h15. I think I only had about three racing laps in the car before handing over to Tommy so it wasn’t the longest day I’ve had, but it was certainly one of the weirdest.
“It’s pretty amazing that considering at one point (after the re-start) we were sitting in a wreck at Turn 4 – both cars – with others, we’ve somehow managed to pull a 1-2 out of that! It was one of those wacky races that you couldn’t take your eyes off of. You have to take every single one, and I’m very happy to take second in this one.”
Olly returns to action at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, for the eighth round of the ALMS championship on Saturday 21st September.