CORVETTE RACING AT LAGUNA SECA: Pole Position for Gavin, No. 4 Corvette

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CORVETTE RACING AT LAGUNA SECA: Pole Position for Gavin, No. 4 Corvette

Magnussen qualifies third in GTLM championship-leading C7.R

 

MONTEREY, California (Sept. 8, 2018) – Oliver Gavin captured pole position Saturday for the GT Le Mans (GTLM) category ahead of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s America’s Tire 250 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. It was the first pole position at the circuit for Gavin, who will start just ahead of teammate Jan Magnussen on the GTLM grid.

 

Gavin set a best lap of 1:22.700 (97.421 mph) in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R for his 22nd career pole position in IMSA competition. He and Tommy Milner are fourth in the GTLM Driver Championship standings with two events to go, and they won in class together in 2012 at Monterey.

 

As a program, Corvette Racing has won seven times at Laguna Seca in 19 previous appearances. Sunday’s race will be its 20th start at the 2.238-mile, 11-turn circuit near the Monterey Peninsula.

 

Magnussen, in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, qualified third in the GTLM Championship-leading entry he shares with Antonio Garcia. The defending GTLM co-champion set a best lap of 1:22.806 (97.297 mph) to slot in 0.106 seconds behind Gavin.

 

Magnussen and Garcia lead the GTLM Driver Championship by four points, and they won together in Monterey in 2013 and 2014. The No. 3 Corvette has finished on the podium in six consecutive races dating back to Mid-Ohio in May.

 

The America’s Tire 250 is set for 2:05 p.m. PT on Sunday with live television coverage on FOX Sports 1. Streaming in-car footage along with live audio coverage of practice, qualifying and the race from IMSA Radio is available on IMSA.com.

 

OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – GTLM POLE-WINNER: “It’s always great to get pole position here at Laguna Seca. Thanks to everyone at Corvette Racing and the crew. It takes a massive effort from everyone on the team to get back to P1. I’m thrilled, but this is only a small step in trying to achieve what we want to achieve tomorrow, and that’s a victory. Once the green flag drops tomorrow, this is all kind of forgotten. We have a very good race car; obviously it fell in nicely for qualifying. The Corvette C7.R has been strong all year. We’ve had an amazing team, great strategy and pit stops. We just need to execute tomorrow. The competition is at an all-time high in GTLM, and to be able to beat those guys is pretty satisfying. But the real work is ahead for tomorrow.

“It’s nice to have this moment for the guys on our team. It gives everyone a nice little fill-up going into the race tomorrow. We’ll be pushing like crazy at the start and we’ll work hard tonight to make sure we have everything covered and we’re fully prepared for the race.”

 

JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – QUALIFIED THIRD IN GTLM: “It was a good qualifying day for both cars and a great job for the No. 4 Corvette to get pole. It is very close at the front and a great way to start the race. I was half-expecting for it to be a lot worse, but I think both our cars hit the peak of the tire and got the best out of it. Let’s see if we can have a clean start and do what we need to do in the championship.

“With it being this close, there’s no controlling anything in the race. It’s about going and not making mistakes… running a good race and to the plan we set out to do. Everything you do matters: when you pit, how you conduct your pit stops… I’m not worried about that, though. That has always been one of our strongest points as a team.”

2018 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – GTLM Standings (After nine of 11 Events)

 

Driver Standings Team Standings Manufacturer Standings
1. Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen – 269

2. Richard Westbrook/Ryan Briscoe – 265

3. Dirk Mueller/Joey Hand – 260

4. Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 252

5. Earl Bamber/Laurens Vanthoor – 251

1. No. 3 Corvette Racing – 269

2. No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – 265

3. No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – 260

4. No. 4 Corvette Racing – 252

5. No. 912 Porsche GT Team – 251

1. Ford – 295

2. Chevrolet – 283

3. Porsche – 274

4. BMW – 267

5. Ferrari – 58

 

Corvette Racing at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

Year Class Drivers Result Car Notes
1999 GTS Fellows/Kneifel 2nd Corvette C5-R
2000 GTS Fellows/Pilgrim 2nd Corvette C5-R Fellows pole
GTS Bell/Collins 4th Corvette C5-R
2001 GTS Fellows/O’Connell 2nd Corvette C5-R
GTS Collins/Pilgrim 3rd Corvette C5-R
2002 GTS Fellows/O’Connell 5th Corvette C5-R
GTS Pilgrim/Collins 3rd Corvette C5-R
2003 GTS Fellows/O’Connell 2nd Corvette C5-R
GTS Gavin/Collins 3rd Corvette C5-R
2004 GTS Fellows/O’Connell 1st Corvette C5-R O’Connell fastest race lap
GTS Beretta/Gavin 2nd Corvette C5-R Beretta pole
2005 GT1 Fellows/O’Connell 2nd Corvette C6.R
GT1 Beretta/Gavin 1st Corvette C6.R Gavin fastest race lap
2006 GT1 Fellows/O’Connell 3rd Corvette C6.R
GT1 Beretta/Gavin 2nd Corvette C6.R Beretta fastest race lap
2007 GT1 Magnussen/O’Connell 2nd Corvette C6.R Magnussen pole, fastest race lap
GT1 Beretta/Gavin 1st Corvette C6.R
2008 GT1 Magnussen/O’Connell 2nd Corvette C6.R Magnussen pole, fastest race lap
GT1 Beretta/Gavin 1st Corvette C6.R
2009 GT2 Magnussen/O’Connell 2nd Corvette C6.R Magnussen pole, fastest race lap
GT2 Beretta/Gavin 10th Corvette C6.R
2010 GT Magnussen/O’Connell 6th Corvette C6.R
GT Beretta/Gavin 3rd Corvette C6.R
2011 GT Beretta/Milner 7th Corvette C6.R
GT Gavin/Magnussen 5th Corvette C6.R
2012 GT Garcia/Magnussen 2nd Corvette C6.R
GT Gavin/Milner 1st Corvette C6.R Gavin fastest race lap
2013 GT Garcia/Magnussen 1st Corvette C6.R
GT Gavin/Milner 9th Corvette C6.R
2014 GTLM Garcia/Magnussen 1st Corvette C7.R Garcia pole
GTLM Gavin/Milner 5th Corvette C7.R
2015 GTLM Garcia/Magnussen 7th Corvette C7.R
GTLM Gavin/Milner 6th Corvette C7.R
2016 GTLM Garcia/Magnussen 4th Corvette C7.R
GTLM Gavin/Milner 7th Corvette C7.R
2017 GTLM Garcia/Magnussen 4th Corvette C7.R
GTLM Gavin/Milner 8th Corvette C7.R