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Oliver Benjamin Gavin (born 29 September 1972),[1] is a British racing driver who joined Corvette Racing in 2002. He has won five American Le Mans Series class championships, five 24 Hours of Le Mans class wins, five 12 Hours of Sebring class wins and five Petit Le Mans class wins.

Oliver Gavin
Oliver Gavin.jpg
Gavin in 2009
NationalityBritish
Born (1972-09-29) September 29, 1972 (age 46)
Huntingdon, England
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years2001
TeamsSaleen-Allen Speedlab, Corvette Racing
Best finish4th overall (2006)
Class wins5 (2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2015)

Contents

BiographyEdit

He was raised in the village of Felmersham, Bedfordshire. He attended the local Primary school, Pinchmill. At age nine he attended Lincroft Middle School and then took his GCSEs and A-levels at Sharnbrook Upper School and Community College.

 
Gavin won the British F3 championship in 1995 whilst driving for the Edenbridge Racing team.
 
2011 Rolex Sports Car

Born in Huntingdon, Gavin was introduced to motor racing through the traditional karting route. After finishing as runner-up in the 1993 British F3 series to Kelvin Burt, Gavin graduated to Formula 3000 in 1994 with Omegaland. He failed to score any points in the five races he contested, and subsequently opted to drop back down to F3 for 1995. He managed to overcome rival Ralph Firman in the final round to snatch the title.

He was test driver for the ill-fated mid-1990s Pacific Grand Prix team. It was proposed that he would drive for the team in the 1995 Australian Grand Prix, but he was not granted the required FIA Super Licence.[2] Gavin also drove the Safety Car from 1997 to 1999 for the Formula One championship.[2]

Gavin became a Corvette Racing factory driver in 2002, having raced full-time in the American Le Mans Series GT1 and GT2 classes and currently the IMSA SportsCar Championship GTLM class. His full-time codrivers have been Olivier Beretta (2004-2010), Jan Magnussen (2010-2011) and Tommy Milner (since 2012), whereas Max Papis, Richard Westbrook and Jordan Taylor have been his endurance codrivers.

He has won his class in Le Mans on five occasions (2002, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2015),[3] the 12 Hours of Sebring five times (2001, 2002, 2006, 2007 and 2013), and Petit Le Mans another five times (2002, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2010). Also, he won the ALMS GT1 titles in 2005, 2006 and 2007, plus the GT2 title in 2012.

Gavin lives in a village east of Northampton with his wife, Helen, and their three children.[1]

Racing recordEdit

Complete International Formula 3000 resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pos. Pts
1994 Omegaland Lola T94/50 Zytek-Judd SIL
10
PAU
DNQ
CAT
Ret
PER
Ret
NC 0
Nordic Racing Ford Cosworth HOC
DNS
SPA EST MAG
1997 BSE Salisbury Engineering Lola T96/50 Zytek-Judd SIL
DNQ
PAU
DNQ
HEL
DNQ
NÜR PER HOC A1R SPA MUG JER NC 0
1999 European Edenbridge Racing Lola T99/50 Zytek IMO
12
MON
4
CAT
DNQ
MAG
DNQ
SIL
14
A1R
DNQ
HOC
DNQ
HUN
DNQ
SPA
9
NÜR
8
16th 3

Complete International Touring Car Championship resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Pos. Pts
1996 Joest Racing Opel Opel Calibra V6 4x4 HOC
1

Ret
HOC
2

DNS
NÜR
1

14
NÜR
2

Ret
EST
1

6
EST
2

6
HEL
1

10†
HEL
2

Ret
NOR
1

10
NOR
2

12
DIE
1

17
DIE
2

9
SIL
1

11
SIL
2

Ret
NÜR
1

16
NÜR
2

Ret
MAG
1

12
MAG
2

15
MUG
1

17
MUG
2

Ret
HOC
1
HOC
2
INT
1

11
INT
2

15
SUZ
1

16
SUZ
2

11
23rd 16
  • † — Retired, but was classified as he completed 90% of the winner's race distance.

24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2001   Saleen-Allen Speedlab   Franz Konrad
  Terry Borcheller
Saleen S7-R GTS 246 18th 3rd
2002   Corvette Racing   Ron Fellows
  Johnny O'Connell
Chevrolet Corvette C5-R GTS 335 11th 1st
2003   Corvette Racing   Kelly Collins
  Andy Pilgrim
Chevrolet Corvette C5-R GTS 326 11th 3rd
2004   Corvette Racing   Olivier Beretta
  Jan Magnussen
Chevrolet Corvette C5-R GTS 345 6th 1st
2005   Corvette Racing   Olivier Beretta
  Jan Magnussen
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1 349 5th 1st
2006   Corvette Racing   Olivier Beretta
  Jan Magnussen
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1 355 4th 1st
2007   Corvette Racing   Olivier Beretta
  Max Papis
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1 22 DNF DNF
2008   Corvette Racing   Olivier Beretta
  Max Papis
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1 341 15th 3rd
2009   Corvette Racing   Olivier Beretta
  Marcel Fässler
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1 311 DNF DNF
2010   Corvette Racing   Olivier Beretta
  Emmanuel Collard
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT2 255 DNF DNF
2011   Corvette Racing   Richard Westbrook
  Jan Magnussen
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GTE
Pro
211 DNF DNF
2012   Corvette Racing   Richard Westbrook
  Tommy Milner
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GTE
Pro
215 NC NC
2013   Corvette Racing   Richard Westbrook
  Tommy Milner
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GTE
Pro
309 22nd 7th
2014   Corvette Racing   Richard Westbrook
  Tommy Milner
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R GTE
Pro
333 20th 4th
2015   Corvette Racing   Jordan Taylor
  Tommy Milner
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R GTE
Pro
337 17th 1st
2016   Corvette Racing - GM   Tommy Milner
  Jordan Taylor
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R GTE
Pro
219 DNF DNF
2017   Corvette Racing - GM   Tommy Milner
  Marcel Fässler
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R GTE
Pro
335 24th 8th
2018   Corvette Racing - GM   Tommy Milner
  Marcel Fässler
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R GTE
Pro
259 DNF DNF

Complete GT1 World Championship resultsEdit

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pos. Pts
2010 Mad-Croc Racing Chevrolet Corvette C6.R ABU
QR
ABU
CR
SIL
QR

13
SIL
CR

14
BRN
QR
BRN
CR
PRI
QR

19
PRI
CR

19
SPA
QR

18
SPA
CR

17
NÜR
QR
NÜR
CR
ALG
QR
ALG
CR
NAV
QR
NAV
CR
INT
QR
INT
CR
SAN
QR
SAN
CR
53rd 0

Complete WeatherTech SportsCar Championship resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Class Make Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pos. Points
2014 Corvette Racing GTLM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R Chevrolet 5.5 V8 DAY
5
SEB
6
LBH
3
LGA
5
WGL
4
MOS
6
IMS
5
ELK
7
VIR
9
COA
10
PET
4
10th 291
2015 Corvette Racing GTLM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R Chevrolet 5.5 V8 DAY
3
SEB
9
LBH
7
LGA
6
WGL
7
MOS
5
ELK
7
VIR
8
COA
8
PET
3
8th 261
2016 Corvette Racing GTLM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R Chevrolet 5.5 V8 DAY
1
SEB
1
LBH
2
LGA
7
WGL
4
MOS
2
LIM
1
ELK
1
VIR
9
COA
5
PET
3
1st 345
2017 Corvette Racing GTLM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R Chevrolet LT5.5 5.5 V8 DAY
9
SEB
10
LBH
1
COA
7
WGL
5
MOS
8
LIM
8
ELK
5
VIR
6
LGA
9
PET
4
8th 276
2018 Corvette Racing GTLM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R Chevrolet LT5.5 5.5 V8 DAY
4
SEB
6
LBH
1
MOH
8
WGL
5
MOS
3
LIM
4
ELK
2
VIR
6
LGA
5
PET
2
3rd 310
2019 Corvette Racing GTLM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R Chevrolet LT5.5 5.5 V8 DAY
8
SEB
8
LBH
3
MDO
WGL
MOS
LIM
ELK
VIR
LGA
PET
7th* 76*

* Season still in progress.

Bathurst 1000 resultsEdit

Year Team Car Co-driver Position Laps
2014 James Rosenberg Racing Holden Commodore VF   Nick Percat 3rd 161
2015 Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden Commodore VF   Nick Percat 19th 159

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Corvette Racing Driver Profile: Oliver Gavin". Archived from the original on 17 May 2010.
  2. ^ a b Taylor, Simon (February 2013). "Lunch with... Oliver Gavin". Motor Sport magazine. p. 94. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  3. ^ "FIA GT Championship Driver Biography: Oliver Gavin". Archived from the original on 17 May 2010.

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jan Magnussen
British Formula Three Champion
1995
Succeeded by
Ralph Firman
Preceded by
Unknown
F1 Safety Car Driver
1997–1999
Succeeded by
Bernd Mayländer
Awards
Preceded by
Gareth Rees
McLaren Autosport BRDC Award
1991
Succeeded by
Dario Franchitti
Preceded by
Kelvin Burt
Autosport
British Club Driver of the Year

1992
Succeeded by
Dario Franchitti