With grateful thanks to Corvette Racing:
In 30 oC/90 oF heat on a blistering 45o/114 o track, Olly Gavin’s team mate Jan Magnussen qualified his Corvette C6.R sixth for tomorrow’s Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport. The heat was on at Mosport, with summertime temperatures that far exceeded the cool weather which traditionally prevails on the event’s previous Labor Day date. The Dane turned his quickest time on his fifth lap at 1:17.580, while there is less than 0.5 seconds separating the top six in the ever-competitive GT class. Dirk Mueller put the No. 56 BMW M3 GT on the Mosport pole with the session’s fastest lap at 1:17.083.
“It’s been a little frustrating,” said Olly, “as we’ve been chasing the balance on the car ever since we’ve been here. Both cars have found it challenging and we’ve found some things that really worked and then, when we’ve come to try them again, we’ve had mixed messages. It’s pretty exasperating as last year the car was good around here and we were quite fast – in with a shout of winning.”
Olly continues: “I’m not saying we won’t be there tomorrow but I wouldn’t say, compared to our rivals, that we’re quite as competitive as we were last year. So all in all, we’re sixth and it’s close, and we can race with everyone else but once again the BMW looks way, way faster than everybody else.”
Balance of performance adjustments announced after the Lime Rock race two weeks ago will be implemented in the upcoming round at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
“It was a difficult day at a very fast race track,” said Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan. “You look at the top six cars and they’re within a half a second – almost nothing. I think that promises an extremely close competition tomorrow. As we move on to Mid-Ohio, the performance balancing rules will take effect and we’ll see even closer competition.”