Road America
Aug 13

In The Cockpit: Oliver Gavin, Road America

IN THE COCKPIT- Oliver Gavin, Road America

Photo Credit: John Dagys

Three seemed to be the magic number for our weekend at after qualifying 3rd, finishing 3rd and taking our 3rd podium placing from six races this year in the . Luckily there was one important number one amongst all those threes!

For my team mate Tommy Milner and me, our finishing place gave us enough points to bump us back up into the lead of the GT Drivers’ points’ classification ahead of Dirk Muller and our team mates, Jan and Antonio, who were also on the podium.

After having had a nice sunny, breezy week the rain which started coming down a couple of hours before the start of the race was a bit of a surprise and not a welcome one. It was still raining a bit as Tommy set out in our No.4 Corvette C6.R and there was a lot of spray and jostling for position as the 33-strong field set off.

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Aug 11

Viper Breaks Through For GT Win At Road America

Photo Credit: John Dagys

Photo Credit: John Dagys

Just one year after debuting its new GT class contender, celebrated a historic first win for the Viper GTS-R in a heated battle at .

Gambling on fuel following a race-ending yellow, Marc Goossens took the Riley Technologies-built entry across the line ahead of the pair of Corvette C6.Rs for the GT class victory in Sunday’s Orion Energy Systems 245.

Goossens and co-driver Dominik Farnbacher, along with the pole-sitting No. 93 Viper of Jonathan Bomarito, enjoyed time out front in the 2-hour and 45-minute race, which started under wet conditions and ended under the yellow flag following a late-race accident.

“It was a nail biter,” Farnbacher said. “I think we made it to the finish line with the last drop of fuel. If you look at all those faces [SRT team], they’re almost crying, everybody’s crying. It’s so emotional for us. I’m just speechless at the moment.”

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Aug 10

Bomarito, Viper Take GT Pole At Road America

Photo Credit: John Dagys

Photo Credit: John Dagys

The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón GT battle between and has carried over from Canada to Elkhart Lake, Wis.

One race after a tight battle for the GT class win at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park – a race that the No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6 ZR1 of Jan Magnussen and Oliver Gavin won by 0.267 seconds – SRT Motorsports and Jonathan Bomarito responded with the GT pole for Sunday’s Orion Energy Systems 245 on Saturday morning at . 

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Aug 9

Edwards Paces GT Practice At Road America

Photo Credit: John Dagys

Photo Credit: John Dagys

saved his best for last in Friday’s second practice session for the Orion Energy Systems 245 at . Edwards lapped the 4.048-mile circuit in 2:04.711 (116.853 mph) in the No. 56 BMW North America, LLC/Crowne Plaza BMW Z4 GTE. His best lap came in the final minute of the session, knocking Marc Goossens – who led the day’s first session – out of the top spot in GT.

Lucas Luhr kept the No. 6 Muscle Milk HPD ARX-03c on top of the overall charts with a lap of 1:52.106 (129.991 mph), 5.467 seconds ahead of Chris McMurry in the No. 16 Mazda/Thetford/Norcold Lola B12/60 Mazda.

Quickest in the P2 class was Johannes van Overbeek in the No. 02 Tequila Patrón HPD ARX-03b at 1:57.573 (123.947 mph). Simon Pagenaud, 1:57.969 (123.531 mph), and Marino Franchitti, 1:58.407 (123.074 mph) rounded out the top three.

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Aug 6

Drivers Set For Double, Triple Duty This Weekend At Road America

Photo Credit: John Dagys

Photo Credit: John Dagys

It’s set to be a busy weekend in for a number of sports car drivers, as and the American Le Mans Series races together for the first, and only time.

A total of eight drivers will be pulling double duty between Saturday’s VisitFlorida.com Sports Car 250 Rolex Sports Car Series race and the Orion Energy Systems 245 round on Sunday, including three who will also add Saturday’s Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race to the mix.

Triple Duty drivers are , Bill Auberlen and , all of whom will be racking up plenty of miles around the 4-mile, 14-turn circuit in three different types of machinery.

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