Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin and Tommy have much to be expected of them at this weekend’s 2016 Bubba Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach after winning the 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Daytona earlier this year. The Corvette C7.R is less suited to the tight confined the Long beach Street Circuit, however, and Gavin says you have to get everything just right to win at the So Cal circuit.
“After starting the 2016 WeatherTech United SportsCar Championship with wins at Daytona and Sebring, everybody will be expecting great things from us,” Gavin said in a statement ahead of this Saturday’s race. “The reality is that Long Beach is such a unique challenge at only 100 minutes in duration that everything has to be perfect if you are to deliver a win. Mistakes are punished hard and good fortune is needed to get to victory lane.”
Gavin believes the mid-engine Ferrari 488 and rear-engine Porsche 911 will have the edge at Long Beach, but isn’t discounting the Ford GT – despite Chip Ganassi Racing’s rocky start to the 2016 IMSA season.
“Last year, Porsche was very strong on the Long Beach Street Circuit and Ferrari seemed to have a well-balanced car too, so I am sure they will be the ones to beat again,” he said. “Ford will be keen to have a good showing after poor results at Daytona and Sebring, so I won’t rule it out, but we’ve had the winning car so far this season and I hope to be in the mix once again.”
Corvette Racing will take to the track at Long Beach this Saturday at 7:05 p.m. as they attempt to defend their lead in the IMSA WeatherTech United Sportscar Championship.