The British sportscar ace dominated the top of the timing screens and never loosened his grip on pole position, turning in a best time of 1m43.488s on his fourth flyer to conclude the session with more than three tenths in hand over his nearest rival, Gianmaria Bruni in the AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia and the #3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R driven by Jan Magnussen in fifth.
A big effort by the multiple title-winning Corvette Racing team ensured Gavin had completed significant mileage during the two free practice sessions on Thursday and, while pole position was the target, it was far from a given as qualifying began.
Ultimately, Gavin had enough of a feel for the C7.R and its Michelin tyres to extract the pace and grip necessary to take Corvette Racing to its first Rolex 24 pole position in 15 years and get his 2015 TUDOR Championship campaign off to a perfect start.
“We didn’t think we had the overall pace to get pole,” said Gavin. “I think it was just a perfect qualifying session. I went out just behind Jan (Magnussen), and everything seemed to sync into place. I think our car was a little bit better than my teammates’ and I just chipped away at it. But without the tow from Jan, I don’t think we would have had pole. It was a great bit of teamwork. From the session before, we trimmed the car out a little bit more and it felt really good.”