Olly and his team mate Olivier Beretta will be starting tomorrow’s Utah Grand Prix at Miller Motorsports Park from 6th place on the GT grid after struggling all weekend to find a satisfactory balance for their Corvette C6.R.
Qualifying was fiercely competitive in the GT class and Olivier put in a fastest lap of 1:48.022, just 0.355-seconds off the pole-winning time set by the Ferrari 430 GT of Gianmaria Bruni at 1:47.729.
This event marks the first appearance by the GT-spec Corvettes in the dry heat and thin air of the high desert near Salt Lake City. The 20-minute qualifying session was conducted in hot conditions, with a 91-degree air temperature and 112-degree track temperature on the 3.048-mile, 15-turn circuit.
“We have been up and down, backwards and forwards with the set up on both cars and for some reason just don’t seem to have found a good balance.” Olly said. “This is the first time we have run in Salt Lake City with this high temperature and our car maybe just doesn’t suit this track.
“We are happy with our tyres and are sure that over a stint they will allow the car to come to us more, so are not so concerned for the race tomorrow. We aren’t aiming for a particular place in the race, but will of course give it everything and take what we can under the circumstances and look forward to Lime Rock.”
The 2-hour, 45-minute ALMS Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix at Miller Motorsports Park will begin at 2:35 p.m. MT on Sunday, July 11, and will be televised live on SPEED at 4:30 p.m. ET. Live radio coverage will be available on American Le Mans Radio, Sirius Channel 127, and XM Channel 242.