After finishing qualifying for the 61st 12 Hours of Sebring second and fifth respectively in class Corvette Racing men Oliver Gavin and Antonio Garcia have already turned their attention to the race.
“I’m happy with what we’ve got,” said Gavin, who qualified just a tenth down on class leader Gianmaria Bruni. “Yes, I’d like to have the pole, but this is a 12-hour event, it’s not a sprint. I think we can almost start in the back and still win this race. But, I’m pleased with the position we’ve got. I’m happy with our car.”
“Going through the race tomorrow, I think our car’s going to come more and more to us,” Gavin continued. He will share the #4 Corvette with Tommy Milner and Richard Westbrook. “The track’s going to come more and more to us. That’s from our years of experience from working here, driving here, racing here, competing here. You get a feel for it.”
“I think that we’re in good shape. I feel confident. Our team has been doing seven-second pit stops. When you look at stuff like that, you go, ‘That’s pretty cool.’ As a driver, you know that when you come in for your stop, each time – boom – they’re going to be right there. It gives you a lot of confidence.”
Garcia, who will share the sister car with Jordan Taylor and Jan Magnussen qualified fifth fastest, half a second off Bruni’s pace, but he believed there was more possible from the session.
“That wasn’t the perfect lap; I just couldn’t get the perfect lap together like I should have,” he said. “But, that’s not a big deal. It’s a long race and we’ll see about it tomorrow.”
Corvette Racing begin the defence of their team and drivers’ championship double when the race starts at 10:45am local time (2:45pm UK).