Oliver Gavin will start from fourth on the LMGTE Pro grid for Saturday’s 24 Hours of Le Mans following a much more encouraging second day of practice/qualifying. The No.74 Corvette C7R will line up behind pole sitter Gimmi Bruni in the AF Corse Ferrari, Corvette Racing’s sister car and the lead Aston Martin Racing entry.
The British Corvette Racing driver set a fastest lap of 3:55.190 and was encouraged by the progress made in the sessions, despite further interruptions for incidents throughout. The gap between all the manufacturers in the Pro category is extremely close which promises a battle of the ages!
“It was certainly better this evening than yesterday,” noted Olly. “We managed to get some decent running in the car and develop it a little more. We feel like we have a better racecar now. I managed to stick in a time in there that put us fourth. It would have been great if Tommy could have had a really good run at it right there at the end with maybe some softer tires.
“We’ve made some steps and it seems like we are right there in the hunt with everyone else. It also seems that pretty much everyone is complaining of low grip and edginess. The circuit, the surface and tyres don’t seem to be bonding and working together so well at the moment. But that could come; the circuit could rubber up more and we could get a more consistent and quicker race car. We’re in a good spot. This should be a dogfight throughout.”
Oliver, who is teaming once again with Tommy Milner and Richard Westbrook, also set his best lap in Thursday’s final session.
The times were improvements from Wednesday’s red-flag filled session in which Garcia set the best time in the No. 73 Corvette at 3:56.443 (128.935 mph). Milner’s best effort in the No. 74 Corvette C7.R was a 3:59.446 (127.319 mph).
The 45-minute warm up begins at 9.00 am tomorrow, and the race start will be given by Ferrari F1 star Fernando Alonso at 3.00 pm (CET). Let the games begin!!