Second row start for Olly at Mosport

Oliver Gavin qualified his Corvette C6.R in fourth place in the GT class for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Mosport – a race he will start with new team mate, Jan Magnussen, who has moved from the #4 car to join Olly in the #4.  He posted his quickest time on the second lap of qualifying on the 2.459-mile Canadian road course with a time of 1:17.66.  Just 0.634 seconds separated the top six GT qualifiers.

The No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 430 GT driven by Gianmaria Bruni took pole position with the fastest qualifying time of 1:17.160 but the red car will be forced to take the start from the back of the grid after a late driver change.  This means that Olly will start from the second row,

“I knew that I needed to get a quick time in the first three laps when the tyres were at their best,” Olly said. “And I made a bit of meal of it really!  I was trying to find a gap, and it seemed that every lap I had a car in front of me, or a car spinning ahead of me so I didn’t get the most out of the tyres at the right time. 

“I went out too late and I got behind the Risi car and a load of GTC cars and I knew the time was backing up.  I got on a good one and then came into Turn 8 and found Gimmi Bruni backing up after his quick lap and I thought “Oh, no; that’s not fair!”  I followed him all the way through to Turn 10 which cost me, maybe, a couple of tenths which could possibly have taken us a bit further up the grid. 

“Realistically we probably weren’t going to get the pole today, the Ferrari was just so strong.  We looked at the split times afterwards and the fastest that the Risi car could have done was a 1:16.6 if he’d put it all together and no one would have been able to compete with that.

“We’ll have to see what happens tomorrow instead.  Tyre wear is going to play a bit part, I think.”

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