Beretta on GTS Pole Position for Corvette at Road America
Chevrolet on pace for Manufacturers' title in Elkhart Lake
ELKHART LAKE, Wisc. - Corvette Racing
driver Olivier Beretta captured the pole position for Chevrolet
during Saturday qualifying at Road America. Beretta, driving the #4
Compuware Corvette C5-R with Oliver Gavin, set a new track record in
class with a time of 2:00.868; Johnny O'Connell, driving the #3
Compuware Corvette C5-R with Ron Fellows, will start from the second
position in class after posting a lap of 2:02.034. The factory
program can clinch the GTS Manufacturers' championship this weekend.
"The session went well and we're happy with the lap times we
saw," said Steve Wesoloski, program engineering manager for
Corvette Racing. "We're still trying to set up a good race car
for a full stint. During the course of the weekend we've tried to
get a good read on what the car feels like with low amounts of fuel.
We've also tried to anticipate what we believe will be warmer track
conditions for tomorrow. Right now the cars are very well sorted in
the high-speed corners but we have to be careful to still provide
drivable cars in the slow-speed corners."
The Corvettes posted record-setting times in each practice session
leading up to Saturday afternoon qualifying. After trading fastest
laps through the weekend, only the #4 car was able to find clear
track during the 20-minute qualifying session. Monegasque Beretta
set the fastest time on his first flying lap.
"The car was almost flying it was going so fast," said
Beretta. "I was lucky enough to get clear track although there
were a few cars that I had to pass. Oliver and I are happy with the
way the car feels but I think we will make a few slight changes.
This track is fantastic and we are confident to be able to push very
Johnny O'Connell said that his #3 Corvette felt fast but that he
found it difficult to get a lap without running into slower traffic.
"We had some traffic," said O'Connell. "I think I
missed out on my third lap, when I came back to the pits. That was
most likely going to be a great lap but, on the other hand, we
managed our tires for tomorrow's start. We're happy that we have
another Corvette on the pole, but it would have been nice to give to
the #3 car team for their hard work this weekend."
The Corvette Racing team will begin the 2-hour, 45-minute race at
Road America on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. CDT.
|Provisional Grid (GTS Class)
||#4 Chevrolet Corvette C5-R
||#3 Chevrolet Corvette C5-R
||#71 Dodge Viper GTS-R
||#63 Saleen S7R