Oliver Gavin to retire after one final run for Corvette Racing at Spa
In the case of racing workforce homeowners, Roger Penske’s well-known by his nickname as “The Captain,” and amongst sports activities automobile drivers, the identical reverential title has lengthy been used with Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin, who will grasp up his helmet on the conclusion of this weekend’s FIA World Endurance Championship race in Belgium.
Corvette’s Captain stepped away from full-time duties following the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, however left the door open to different driving alternatives. The Vasser Sullivan Lexus IMSA GTD workforce recruited the 46-year-old Briton for January’s Rolex 24 At Daytona, and with Corvette’s name to enter its title-winning C8.R mannequin at Spa-Francorchamps, Gavin and Antonio Garcia had been chosen.
Removed from the positioning of his first check at Sebring for Corvette Racing in 2001, The Captain confirmed there’s six hours of racing left on his clock.
“Right now I announce that this weekend’s race — my 204th for Corvette Racing — would be the final of my skilled racing profession,” he mentioned. “As I transition out of the race automobile, I open a brand new chapter with the beginning of the Oliver Gavin Driving Academy based mostly in Boxberg, Germany. I’m delighted that my 20-year relationship with Chevrolet and Corvette will proceed as we now have 12 European-spec Corvette Stingrays on order.
“There’s extra to come back on this over the following few months as we prepare for our launch in October. As with every part, household is an important factor. Can’t thank them sufficient for his or her help during the last 30 years and their help as I transfer ahead with this new position.”
Gavin, the 1995 British Formulation 3 champion who regarded to America after his Formulation 1 aspirations went unfulfilled, has been the usual bearer for excellence inside each workforce he’s graced.
“I’ve raced for some superb groups once I look again,” he mentioned. “In fact, Corvette Racing has actually formed my profession with every part that I’ve with them. The individuals I’ve labored with there… superb engineers and an amazing group of individuals, the household environment that Gary Pratt introduced with Doug Fehan, this system supervisor for a few years. That goes proper by means of the newest era of drivers I’ve labored with — the likes of Tommy Milner, my long-time teammate with whom I’ve had a lot success; the likes of Jordan Taylor and course Antonio, my nice pal… additionally Jan Magnussen, who moved on from the workforce a yr or so in the past.
“We had plenty of nice battles and likewise plenty of nice instances profitable a number of instances on the Le Mans 24 Hours collectively. That almost all most likely is the largest spotlight of my profession — standing on the highest step of that podium and profitable three years in a row with the GT1 Corvette towards the good Prodrive Aston Martins and battling these guys. The fifth win at Le Mans additionally was very particular to get with Tommy and Jordan within the C7.R. These are heaps and many nice recollections that I need to grasp onto.”
The prospect to retire in a Corvette whereas sharing the C8.R with an outdated pal at one of many world’s biggest tracks is near perfection for Gavin.
“It’s additionally nice to share a automobile with Antonio Garcia,” he added. “He and I’ve been teammates at Corvette Racing for therefore a few years and we’ve by no means really managed to share a automobile collectively! It’s nice that we’ve really managed to do this this weekend. Of all of the locations to do it… at Spa is simply good.
“I’m delighted I used to be given this chance. The final race at IMSA was my last full-time race with the workforce, however I had an inkling one thing like this was coming. I didn’t count on the race right here at Spa-Francorchamps can be my last one. It’s implausible that I’m capable of race on such a superb observe on such an amazing race weekend and in such an amazing automobile. It feels me with immense delight to have the ability to characterize Corvette Racing, share the C8.R with Antonio and hopefully end up with that win Saturday.”