Corvette Racing is looking for a repeat of their class win at Daytona in 2001 this year, and so far, things are looking good. Driver of the No. 4 C7.R, Oliver Gavin, put the yellow Corvette on pole position yesterday, edging out AF Corse’s Gianmaria Bruni in his Ferrari 458 by just three tenths of a second for his first pole at Daytona ever.
The team was unsure they had what it took to earn GTLM pole position at Daytona following last weekend’s Roar Before the 24 practice session. The No. 3 C7.R was third fastest during the test, finishing behind the No. 912 Porsche 911 in first, the No, 98 Aston Martin in second and the No. 911 Porsche 911 in third.
“We didn’ think we had the pace for pole after Roar but we had an absolutely perfect qualifying session,” Gavin told Motorsport. “Everything just fell into place. I got a toe from Jan (Magnussen) and without it, we wouldn’t have been on pole. It was a good bit of teamwork.”
The green flag on the Rolex 24 at Daytona will wave at 2:10 p.m. Saturday. Television braodcasts will be split up between Fox, Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2. IMSA will also have live timing and scoring on their website throughout the 24 hour endurance competition.