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On breaking his podium run…oliver gavin laguna

“The Continental Monterey Grand Prix at Laguna Seca was a tough race for us in many ways. We worked hard on getting a good balance on the new Michelin ‘Le Mans-spec’ tyres, which historically haven’t suited us very well at Laguna. In the last stint, things were coming together and I was the fastest car on-track, reeling in the Ford and the Ferrari. I think with another couple of laps, seventh could have been fifth.”

On the problematic second pit stop…

“Unfortunately we had a problem with the air jack wand being a little too slow to release. Our stops were heavily choreographed and I was watching the Crew Chief and the Wand Man and anticipating the moment to engage the clutch and gear. The momentary pause in the car coming down off the jacks meant the wheels were spinning while the car was in the air and that is against the rules.”

On the objectives for the next round of the championship…

“We salvaged some points from the Monterey Grand Prix and we’ve got some more testing on the latest Michelin tyres at Elkhart Lake in readiness for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June. Hopefully we can get them to work better on our front-engined Corvette, as they seemed to favour the mid-engined Fords and Ferraris at Laguna Seca. We still have the lead in the WeatherTech United SportsCar Championship and consistent points finishes are key if we are to maintain that advantage. That will be our goal.”

On a busy month of May…

“We’ve got a bit of a busy month ahead. Testing will be followed by some General Motors PR events in Frankfurt and then I will venture into Asia to continue with my young driver development programme. The first stop will be Shanghai with formula cars and then I’ll be dealing with LMP3 cars in the new ACO Sprint Series in Kuala Lumpur, before returning to the USA for the next round of the WeatherTech United SportsCar Championship at Belle Isle Park, Detroit. I will be home for three days!”

Source. BAM Motorsport Promotions/Photo. Richard Prince Photography


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