Now midway through the busy summer ALMS race period, attention turns for the seventh round to a favourite venue for Olly and nearly every other driver in the field – Road America in Wisconsin.
The fast, flowing nature of the 4.048 mile, 14-turn circuit has a habit of producing exciting races and tight finishes and is the fastest track visited by the ALMS. With three wins from the last six rounds, and a hold on the championship lead, three-time Road America class winner (2004/5/7) Olly can’t wait to return to the circuit.
The four-hour race on Saturday offers two additional points for each finishing position and a good finish will definitely be the aim for Olly and team mate Tommy Milner. They have every reason to be confident, given their strong performances to date.
“I think a four-hour race at Road America suits Corvette Racing’s strengths”, he says. “We seem to have a good approach to these longer races and it’s a track you can race hard at and, more importantly, pass at. The longer race means strategy comes into it as well, but to be honest I think we can race anyone in the series now. It’s not easy, of course, as almost every car in the class has an opportunity to win. Porsche and BMW are always up there in the mix, and Ferrari has traditionally been fast at Road America.
“We’re coming into the Road America weekend on a bit of a high from Mid-Ohio and we’re obviously looking to clock up some more points as it’s vital to keep that scoreboard ticking over. I’m looking forward to a competitive but hard weekend of close racing; it should be another cracker!”
The next round of the ALMS will be the Road Race Showcase at Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin on Saturday, August 18. The four-hour race will start at 2:30 pm ET and will be shown outside the USA on alms.com.