Oliver Gavin is primed for a podium finish in the Oak Tree Grand Prix at Virginia International Raceway (21-23 August), mindful that such a result could go some way to bolstering Corvette Racing’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship title bid.
Corvette Racing’s seventh outing of the 2015 TUDOR Championship at Road America (7-9 August) produced some enthralling and adrenaline-fuelled on-track fights and concluded with Gavin going toe-to-toe with Lucas Luhr’s Team RLL BMW Z4.
However, the 2h40m race at the historic Wisconsin circuit never yielded the hoped for results and Gavin was left feeling a little frustrated in seventh position, having been unable to threaten the leading Porsches and Ferraris for the GTLM podium.
The sister #3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R of Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia currently sits atop the GTLM points table and the #4 car driven by Gavin and teammate Tommy Milner will be playing a supporting role for the remainder of the 2015 season in a drive to solidify Corvette Racing’s title bid.
Gavin is determined to bounce back from the disappointment of Road America and do the best job possible for the Pratt & Miller-led Corvette Racing team and, while he expects Ferrari to have a potent package at VIR – a 3.27mile white-knuckle ride near Danville, Virginia – the Briton is prepared to pounce if an opportunity to reach the podium presents itself.
“I really hope the championship organisers have assessed the performance differentials between the different marques so everybody in GTLM has a shot at the top, but I think Ferrari will be a force to be reckoned with this weekend, as the 458 Italia is well suited to the circuit’s demands,” said Gavin. “Nevertheless, Tommy and I will be going out completely refreshed and revitalised, ready to face whatever the race throws at us and back up the #3 Corvette’s title push. I’m always targeting silverware and we will be ready to snap up a podium finish is an opportunity presents itself, although we have to do what’s best for Corvette Racing and make sure our priorities are straight. VIR is another classic racetrack – we’re so lucky to visit so many epic circuits – and I hope we have some more entertaining battles.”
Qualifying will be streamed live on the official IMSA.com website from 16.40 ET on Saturday (22 August), while the Oak Tree Grand Prix itself will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 from 13.00 ET on Sunday (23 August).