samedi 9 juillet 2016

Corvette Racing takes GTLM pole postion at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park


Antonio Garcia has taken the GT Le Mans class pole position at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The Chevrolet factory driver of the #3 Corvette C7.R from Corvette Racing was the fastest with a best time of 1:15.198. He will be sharing the car with Jan Magnussen in the lone Canadian event of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship calendar.

Antonio Garcia (#3 Corvette C7.R):

It’s always important to be up front and luckily to be competitive again. The car felt pretty decent all year long, but at some points we were lacking some speed. We seem to like this track a lot. It suits Corvette Racing. We are always competitive here. I think I won two years ago with Jan and a podium last year. Luckily in qualifying, we were able to beat the Ford. We know it’s a three-hour race and everything can change. Track position is really important here.

Second quickest time was set by Dirk Müller at the wheel of the #66 Ford GT from Ford Chip Ganassi Racing. The German driver was just 0.038 behind Garcia's best time.


Dirk Müller (#66 Ford GT):

Unbelievable, and so close to pole position. After all we got after Watkins Glen (in balance of performance), we were just not talking about it. We all just put our heads down, got to work and focused forward. That’s what it’s all about with this team – full concentration on winning races and qualifying, getting the drivers prepared, getting the mechanics prepared and I give credit to the whole Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team to give me the car to qualify p2. It was a hard-fought second. It’s first row and I’m really happy for that.

Richard Westbrook completed the top-three in GTLM driving the #67 Ford GT from Ford Chip Ganassi Racing.

The BMW Team RLL run M6 GTLMs were fourth with #100 car and fifth with the sister #25 entry. Corvette Racing #4 Corvette C7.R was sixth. Risi Competizione #62 Ferrari 488 GTE was seventh. Porsche North America cars were eighth with #912 RSR and ninth with #911 machine.

Photo: Michelin