Gavin makes it 12 for 12

January 22, 2015

Gavin makes it 12 for 12

January 22, 2015


Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin has kept an amazing streak alive. Since the debut of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship last January, 12 different drivers have claimed pole position in the 12 qualifying sessions staged today.

The driver of the No.4 Corvette C7.R rounded out the dozen today “with a little help from my friends”. Gavin and teammate Jan Magnussen both drafted each other around the Daytona International Speedway road course during qualifying.

Gavin was able to make the most of the teamwork to claim pole with track record time of 1:43.488 – more than 3/10ths of a second faster than the AF Corse Ferrari of Gianmaria Bruni.

“We’re a year in with the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R. The guys have done a fantastic job,” Gavin said.

“I have to thank Jan (Magnussen) a lot; he towed me around a lot on that lap and helped me get this pole position so I have to thank him for that. I tried to repay him for that by towing him around for a few laps. I just had a little bit of extra straight-line speed. I’m really thrilled to start 2015 with a bang and pole position.”

“We’re optimistic for the race. It’s 24 hours – a long one that’s brutally hard. The cold will play a big factor into it, plus how the traffic works. There is a huge load of ramifications here. We’re pleased to be on pole. I’m delighted for everyone at Team Chevy and Corvette Racing.”

“We didn’t think we had the overall pace to get pole. I think it was just a perfect qualifying session. I went out just behind Jan, and everything seemed to sync into place – the tire pressures, the temperatures. I think our car was a little bit better that Jan’s and just chipped away at it. But without the tow from Jan, I don’t think we would have had pole. It was a great bit of teamwork.”

Pedro Lamy’s Aston Martin and John Edwards’ BMW made it four different makes in the top four in qualifying.

After winning the race last year, Porsche didn’t have the best of qualifying sessions with Nick Tandy, Brian Sellers and Fred Makowiecki taking the final three spots in the class.

In the GT Daytona class Australian James Davison made it an amazing five pole positions in a row. The Aston Martin driver took the final four pole positions of 2014 and has now continued his streak into the new year.

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