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Corvette Racing: Gavin and the #4 Corvette C6.R Claim the Pole at Sebring

by Keith Cornett on March 19, 2009

Gavin and the #4 Corvette C6.R Claim the Pole at Sebring

The #4 Corvette C6.R driven by three-time ALMS GT1 Champion Oliver Gavin posted the fastest lap around Sebring Raceway’s 3.7 mile 17 corner track to take the Pole for this Saturday’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. Gavin earned the pole by lapping the black Corvette C6.R at 1:57.882 (112.994 mph), besting Jan Magnussen by .321 seconds. Magnussen’s fastest lap in the #3 Corvette C6.R was 1:58.203 (112.687 mph).

Gavin has won the GT1 pole three times at Sebring with the last one coming in 2005. This year’s pole gives Gavin 18 total in the ALMS and ties him for second on the series list of pole winners.

“It’s great to come away with a pole as we begin the 10th anniversary for Corvette Racing,” Gavin said. “Anytime you manage to beat Jan in qualifying, you’ve earned your money.

“Sebring is a tough event, very hard on the cars and the drivers, and great preparation for Le Mans,” Gavin continued. “Everyone is very mindful of the fact that Le Mans is the goal, but all of us would like to have the first 10th anniversary victory here in Sebring.”

The day wasn’t apparently without some drama. BadBoyVettes.com reported that during a practice session, an Acura LMP went “Road-Hog” for track position and the unintended contact resulted in a right rear tire puncture and fender damage to the Black #4 Corvette C6.R. Nothing too serious and once repaired it was back to work for the team.

The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring is scheduled to start at 10:30 am EST on Saturday, March 21st. The race will be televised live on SPEED from 10 am to noon and from 2 to 11 pm Eastern.



Source:
CorvetteRacing.com
Photo Credit: AmericanLemans.com

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