Oliver Gavin

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Oliver Gavin
Oliver Gavin.jpg
Nationality United Kingdom British
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 2001 -
Teams Saleen-Allen Speedlab, Corvette Racing
Best finish 4th overall (2006)
Class wins 4 (2002, 2004, 2005, 2006)

Oliver Benjamin Gavin (born 29 September 1972 in Huntingdon),[1] is a GM factory racing driver from the United Kingdom. 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

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.

Currently, Oliver Gavin is driving for Corvette Racing in the American Le Mans Series with codriver Tommy Milner and endurance codriver Richard Westbrook.

His previous work included being the test driver for the ill-fated mid-90s Pacific Grand Prix team. He nearly drove for the team in the 1995 Australian Grand Prix, but he was not granted the required FIA Super Licence. Gavin also drove the safety car from 1997 to 1999 for the Formula One championship. He has also won his class in Le Mans on a number of occasions.[2] He lives in a village east of Northampton with his wife, Helen, and their three children.[1]


Racing record[edit]

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

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

Complete GT1 World Championship results[edit]

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pos Points
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

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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