Corvette Racing will start tomorrow’s 62nd Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring from 4th and 5th places on the GTLM grid after Olly qualified the No. 4 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R just two thousandths of a second ahead of Antonio Garcia in the No.3 entry.
The Briton’s best lap was a 1:59.222 in the Corvette he shares with Tommy Milner – the duo won in class last year at Sebring – and Robin Liddell. The Scot had a good day today (Friday), with a win in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge driving a Camaro Z/28.R.
Corvette Racing tested the Corvette C7.R multiple times at Sebring during the offseason. The rough nature of the track was the ideal place to optimize the new car. The new aluminum frame is 40 percent stiffer than the Corvette C6.R from last season and helps keep the car stable over the considerable bumps and turns around Sebring’s 3.7-mile layout.
Michael Christensen set a new qualifying lap record with a GTLM pole lap of 1:58.933 in a Porsche. The top six cars were within 0.315 seconds of each other, demonstrating just how close the field is.
Olly said afterwards: ““It was a very close session and the Porsche has obviously come out and put down a very good lap. It was kind of a strange session because the Conti (Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge) race before us left quite a bit of their rubber on the track and our car felt quite different to drive than before. It was unusual the way the front tires came in before the rears did. We never really got that matched up and I think, if we had managed to, we would have had an even better shot of getting pole.
“It was a clean run with no traffic and I think the circuit is going to be very different for the race – something you’re constantly fighting against here as it changes almost from hour to hour. The wind direction changed as well so it was blowing us down the back straight, into T1 and out of T17. All these different things you have to take into account. We’re reasonably happy with the car and looking forward to the race tomorrow.”