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‘Vettes Own Qualifying at VIR

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, August 27 2016
The Chevrolet Corvette Racing C7.Rs qualified 1-2 at VIR. (File photo by Richard Prince for Chevy Racing)

The Chevrolet Corvette Racing C7.Rs qualified 1-2 at VIR. (File photo by Richard Prince for Chevy Racing)

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Corvette Racing ruled GT Le Mans qualifying for Sunday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Series race at Virginia Raceway Park on Saturday.

Earning the pole was the No. 3 Corvette C7.R co-driven by Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen. The pole-winning lap was at 1:41.557.

“I’m so happy,” Magnussen, who was at the wheel for the pole-winning lap, said. “It’s an overall pole so that is even better! The team has done a fantastic job with our Corvette C7.R. It’s so close out there. I knew I needed every single hundredth (of a second) to beat the No. 4 Corvette! It’s a fantastic effort for everyone at Corvette Racing. We really pulled things together after a great test earlier this week and were able to use some of that here. We can’t wait for tomorrow. Hopefully the two Corvettes can have a great race together from the front.”

Earning the other front row starting spot was the No. 4 C7.R of Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner with a fast lap at 1:41.568.

“Pole position is not anything we really try to achieve,” Corvette program manager Doug Fehan said. “We focus more on giving the drivers a car they can use throughout the scope of the entire race. Finishing 1-2 in qualifying is a testament to how hard our engineering team has worked and how well our Corvette really likes this race track. Every time we have shown up here, we have reached a higher level of performance. Here in Virginia, the Corvette really likes the countryside! We’ll take that into tomorrow and see what kind of result it can give us.”

Third fastest was the Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT co-driven by Joey Hand and Dirk Mueller.

Fourth was the Rizi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE of Toni Vilander and Giancarlo Fisichella.

“I think it was a difficult qualifying session,” Fisichella said, “but I think fourth is the maximum we could achieve. The circuit was really hot and very slippery. We probably made a small mistake on the tire pressure by starting them a bit higher to have the tires come in early, where my fastest lap was my last lap. Apart from that, the car balance wasn’t too bad and we are quite confident for the race base. Tomorrow is going to be another day and we’ll see.”

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, August 27 2016
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