Driver of the No. 4 Corvette C7.R, Oliver Gavin, says the fight for the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship’s driver championship is getting close after the No. 67 Ford GT took another win in last weekend’s Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix at Mosport.
Gavin and teammate Tommy Milner currently sit 5 just points ahead of Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook in the championship. Westbrook and Briscoe closed their gap to Milner and Gavin after taking an unexpected win Sunday, a result that came after the pairing won at Watkins Glen and Laguna Seca.
“The championship battle is getting a little tight at the top, we now lead by five points from the 67 Ford,” Gavin said post-race in Canada. “The great thing about this weekend was that our outright pace was so much more competitive, at least we can now fight.”
The Briton and his American co-driver rocketed into the GTLM driver’s lead driver’s after taking victories at the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring and turning up second in Long Beach. They are still looking for a third win in 2016, but with a top-notch crew backing Milner and him up, Gavin remains confident.
“But the really key thing that I take away from the last two races is how well we are working as a team,” Gavin added. “Tommy and I are working well together with the engineering staff and our crew is operating at the highest level. We are regularly gaining spots during the pit stops. (Crew Chief) Brian Hoye has the boys practicing and practicing the stops every day and it’s paying off. The whole team is working as that, a team. It’s great to be a part of that.”
Gavin and the rest of the Corvette Racing camp will take this weekend off before heading to Lime Rock Park in Connecticut. The 1.5-mile road course is the most compact track on the IMSA GTLM calendar, putting traffic management at the forefront of driver’s minds.
“Lime Rock Park is the smallest track we race on all year and it will be an intense and crazy two-day day race weekend,” he said. “All four classes will be competing on the track – roughly 40 cars – and it’s likely to be a very bruising affair with so much traffic. I can hear my crew chief now ‘keep the fenders on it!'”