Update: Following post-race tech inspections the winning GT Flying Lizard Porsche was excluded from the results so Olly and Tommy move to 10th in the results and score one point! They are now joint second in the points with Joey Hand/Dirk Muller and 7 points behind Jan and Antonio.
Mosport may have been very rewarding for Olly Gavin this time 12 months ago, as he stood on the top step of the GT winners’ podium, but today’s Canadian Tire Motorsport Park race delivered the cruellest of blows to the British driver and his American team mate Tommy Milner.
A transmission problem side-lined the No.4 Corvette from second place in class after just 14 minutes of running and, although the team was able to make repairs and get the car back out on track some 20 laps later, an eventual 11th place in class yielded little return for their efforts and no points towards the highly competitive title chase.
After qualifying second on the GT grid in a Corvette front-row lock out, Tommy and Olly were confident that a solid race would keep them firmly in the championship hunt. But, as Olly explains, it was an all-round disappointing day for both the team and drivers:
“It hasn’t been the weekend for us, and today has been a pretty dreadful day – to put it mildly! Tommy took the start and was running well when he suddenly lost all drive in the car as he was going to Turn 5. At the moment we don’t know what the problem was as it wasn’t anything obvious, but it will be fully investigated once we get back to the shop. As it was the guys did a great job to replace the gearbox internals and get us back out, albeit 20 laps down.
“From then on it was a case of trying to stay out of everyone’s way and hope that someone else had issues which would drop them down the order and allow us to take away a few points. Unfortunately this didn’t happen today and we finished 11th in class and out of the points.
“As the #3 car also had a few issues and eventually finished 3rd, the points situation isn’t as bad as it might have been and we are only 5 points behind Jan and Antonio now. It could have been a lot worse but it would have been less disappointing and demoralising if we’d managed to take away a couple of points. We’ll just have to do that at Mid-Ohio now…not just a couple but go for maximum points.”
The next round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón is the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge. The sixth round of the 2012 championship is set for 1 pm ET on Saturday, 4th August from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. ABC’s broadcast featuring live coverage begins at 2 pm ET.