Corvette cope with heat and humidity of the Heartland

Olly and Tommy qualifying this afternoon at Mid Ohio

On a steamy summer afternoon, Corvette Racing drivers Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner qualified their Compuware Corvette C6.R race cars fifth and eighth respectively for Saturday’s Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge, the fifth round of the 2011 American Le Mans Series.

Olly will start the No. 4 Corvette C6.R fifth on the GT grid after lapping the 2.25-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in a best time of 1:20.944.  Joey Hand won the GT pole in the No 56 BMW M3 GT with the fastest lap in the 15-minute session at 1:20.539, just 0.11s ahead of his team mate Dirk Werner.

The temperature was over degrees and the track was a toasty 130 degrees when GT qualifying began on the classic 13-turn circuit. Olly was on top in GT after his fourth flying lap and set his quickest time on his sixth circuit, but the competition eclipsed his fastest time in the closing minutes.

“We won from sixth on the grid at Mosport, and I don’t see why we can’t do the same here,” Olly said afterward the 15-minute session. “Our race pace looks competitive, and I’m quietly confident about that.

“We went into the qualifying session thinking that the car would do one thing and then it started doing another.  I felt we were close to our competition up to that point as we’d showed well in practice, but as sometimes happens in qualifying, all of the sandbags came out and our rivals ran faster laps. Our pace on long runs with older tires looks quite good, so we’ll continue to work on the car and see if we can get a bit more speed. And who know? It could rain!

In fact there’s a 70% chance of rain for tomorrow’s 2 hour 45 minute race so anything can – and may – happen at Mid Ohio.

With thanks to Corvette Racing.



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