Podium and pushing at Lausitzring

In his second appearance for Callaway Competition in the ADAC GT Masters race, Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin travelled to the 3.4km circuit of Lausitzring, and had a weekend of mix fortunes with a podium finish and a 9th place from the two races.

Gavin’s team mate, Daniel Keilwitz, started in a very positive way by gaining pole position for Saturday’s race in the Corvette ZO6.R GT3 – the young German bouncing back well from a difficult last two rounds.  However, a rain front over the circuit meant that Oliver and the team were forced to gamble on whether to continue with Keilwitz’s tyres or go for a new set of rubber.  Unfortunately the decision to not change tyres turned out to be disadvantageous and the Briton qualified in 10th place.

In Race One Keilwitz made a good start and, on new tyres, was able to go on the attack and build up a gap to the pursuing pack.  When the pit stop window opened, two back-markers emerged from the pit lane ahead of the German and, when one of them failed to notice the Corvette, Keilwitz was pushed into the track-side dirt, eliminating the lead built up.  A further glitch in the pit stop meant a place was lost to a competitor in the standings and a small spin for Gavin saw the Callaway pairing finally end the race in third place.

Oliver said afterwards:  “That was quite frustrating, because we could have fought it out for second place with the Porsche. But there was no way we could have matched the pace of the Mercedes in the second stint. But at least we made it onto the podium; that’s the best result the team has had so far this season, and we can see that we’re heading in the right direction.”

The second race was held in sunny conditions, but it proved to be a tough day in an aggressively competitive field.  Oliver made a good start but was then hit by a Porsche at the first corner and speared across the grass, and was further spun around by another car on the same lap.  The duo recovered to finish 9th – just one second away from 7th which demonstrates just how hotly contested the ADAC GT Masters is!

Oliver’s next on-track appearance will be with Corvette Racing at the official test day for the 24 Hours of Le Mans on Sunday 1st June.  He will be driving the No.74 Corvette C7.R with Tommy Milner and Richard Westbrook.

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