Lime Rock Park
Beretta Puts Corvette on GTS Pole Position at Lime Rock
Monegasque Drives #4 Corvette C5-R to fastest time in class
LIME ROCK, Conn. - The General Motors Chevrolet Corvette Racing team
will start Monday's 2-hour, 45-minute race at Lime Rock from the pole position in
the GTS class. Olivier Beretta, driving the #4 Compuware Corvette C5-R with Oliver
Gavin, set the fastest lap in class with a time of 51.425 seconds; Ron Fellows,
driving the #3 Compuware Corvette C5-R with Johnny O'Connell, will start from the
second position in class after posting a lap of 51.827 seconds. The two-car
Chevrolet team holds the lead in the GTS Manufacturers', Team and Drivers' points
in the American Le Mans Series after two consecutive victories at Sebring and
"The great performance by the Saleen serves as a reminder that in ALMS
racing you cannot sit back for one second against the competition," said Doug
Fehan, GM's program manager for Corvette Racing. "Our team did a great job in
demonstrating that to all the fans here in the Northeast today."
The Corvettes set the fastest times in each practice leading up to Saturday
afternoon's qualifying session, with both the #3 and #4 Corvettes taking fastest
time honors throughout the weekend. For qualifying on the short 1.54-mile circuit,
many drivers found it difficult to find clear track to set their fast times. The
factory Chevrolet drivers used a bit of strategy to slow down on track in order to
find a clear gap in traffic. New driver Olivier Beretta was able to capture the
fastest GTS lap for Corvette; the time represents Beretta's first pole position in
the ALMS since Adelaide, 2000.
"It was a bit of a mess with traffic so I slowed down to find a hole,"
said Olivier Beretta, driver of the #4 Corvette C5-R. "I believe we could
have gone a bit quicker but I didn't want to attack that much-in the ALMS we are
forced to start the race on our qualifying tires."
Ron Fellows was unable to find a string of clear laps during the qualifying
session. Dan Binks, #3 Corvette car chief, brought Fellows into the pits in the
middle of the session to find a gap.
"I figured the pole would be somewhere in the low 51's," said Fellows.
"Dan Binks used some good strategy to pull us into the pits to get a better
spot on the track, but I was only able to get two clear laps. Both of the
Corvettes are well prepared for this race-Olivier got a better spot on the track
to run. I think Johnny and I are happy with the car's feel for the race."
The Corvette Racing team will begin the 2-hour, 45-minute race at Lime Rock on
Monday at 3:00 p.m. Eastern.
|Provisional Grid (GTS Class)
||#4 Chevrolet Corvette C5-R
||#3 Chevrolet Corvette C5-R
||#63 Saleen S7R
||#71 Dodge Viper GTS-R
||#5 Lamborghini Murcielago