Challenging Mid Ohio

This weekend’s Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge, the sixth round of the 2010 American Le Mans Series, marks the first anniversary of Corvette Racing’s debut in the production-based GT category.  While it hasn’t altogether been the easiest of transitions in terms of outright results, Oliver Gavin is very proud of what has been achieved since last year in what, he believes, is a ‘golden period of GT racing.’

“GT is a fiercely competitive class in the ALMS,” says the 37-year-old from Yardley Hastings in Northamptonshire, a two-time GT1 winner at Mid-Ohio with his regular team mate, Olivier Beretta.  “It’s got top flight entries from BMW, Ferrari, Porsche – all with full professional line ups – plus we’ve got Jaguar and Ford there too so there’s a full representation of manufacturers.

“We’ve had some fantastic races, and all of us have enjoyed our time in the GT-spec Corvette,” he continued.   “In the first race we did with the GT2 car at Mid-Ohio a year ago, our car was very, very good. Now we realize that we are in a dogfight every single weekend. You cannot give any quarter, and you cannot make any mistakes.

“I think we are really in a golden period of GT racing.  In five or 10 years, people will look back and say, ‘That was really fantastic!’ Winning is what we’re here to do – and to win in this class is quite an accomplishment. When that first victory does come for the No. 4 Corvette, it will be really great.”

Olly has been at the historic Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course since the beginning of the week as the Corvette Racing team has been testing here at the 2.25 mile track, which sits between the cities of Colombus and Cleveland in Ohio.  

“Monday was good and we managed to validate some areas we’d tried through the year so far.  Then we were looking to try some new things for Tuesday, when Olivier and Jan were driving, but it rained and we only got about three laps of dry running.  By that time, the track had changed – it changes a lot with the heat, the sunshine and, of course, the damp.  Any testing, however, is good and we’ll just have to see how things go for the weekend.”

Corvette Racing’s next event is the Mid-Ohio Sports Challenge at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. The 2-hour, 45-minute race will start at 3:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, August 7, and will be televised by CBS Sports on Sunday, August 15, at 12:30 p.m. ET. Live streaming video can be viewed on americanlemans.com, and live radio coverage will be available on American Le Mans Radio, Sirius Channel 127, and XM Channel 242.

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