Magnussen leads ‘Vette 1-2

July 21, 2012

Magnussen leads ‘Vette 1-2

July 21, 2012

Corvette Racing may already be dominating the 2012 GT points standings, but Jan Magnussen and Oliver Gavin showed they are not about to rest on their laurels by qualifying 1-2 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park today.

Magnussen blew away the GT track records with a time of 1:15.478 (117.285 mph), eclipsing the record set in 2008 by 1.385 seconds.

Magnussen’s pole was his first in ALMS competition since October 2009, and the first for Corvette Racing since August 2010. The Dane was understandably elated after his record-setting run on the fast 2.5-mile Canadian circuit.

I didn’t think a GT car could go that quickly here!” Magnussen said.

“It was a fantastic lap, and a great job by the team to give me this car to qualify. There is so much time to be gained when you get into the flow of this track. I actually surprised myself – on one of my laps, I didn’t look at the time and went four tenths faster!

“We’ve been working around the race setup all this time – this really is our race setup with less fuel.

“The car was so smooth and easy to drive. It felt like my mid-corner speed was up everywhere and I hit every mark. It felt super strong in Turn 5 where the car goes light over a crest. I nailed it just right by landing in the right position to get a good exit out of 5. I am so proud of Corvette Racing today!”

And Magnussen’s other quote of the day…..

“When Ron Fellows buys a racetrack, his car gets the pole”

The new Canadian Tire Motorsport Park co-owner and former driver of the #3 ‘Vette was on hand to congratulate the fast Dane after qualifying (pictured top).

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