5-time Le Mans champion Oliver Gavin will cling up his helmet following this weekend’s 6 Hours of Spa Francorchamps FIA WEC race. The 48-year previous Briton appears to be like like he belongs in yellow Corvette overalls, as that’s how the world has seen him for the final twenty seasons of racing since he joined Corvette Racing in 2002.
Gavin delivered early in his profession with the Bowtie model, as he received Le Mans in 2002 teamed with Ron Fellows and Johnny O’Connell. Along with accolades at Le Mans, he has additionally received the 12 Hours of Sebring 5 instances, Petit Le Mans 5 instances, has received 5 IMSA championships, and throwing it means again to his open wheel days, was a British System 3 champion. It’s secure to say that it doesn’t matter what occurs this weekend, he can retire secure within the data that he’ll at all times be a motorsport legend.
“At present I announce that this weekend’s race – my 204th for Corvette Racing — would be the final of my skilled racing profession,” mentioned Gavin. “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.
“Likely the largest spotlight of my profession is standing on the highest step of that podium [meaning Le Mans], successful 3 times in a row there with the GT1 automobile in opposition to the nice Prodrive. Additionally the fifth win at Le Mans was very particular, getting that win with Tommy [Milner] and Jordan [Taylor] with the C7.R.”
A lot of the previous guard Corvette squad has retired out of the system, getting changed in recent times with youthful and quicker wheel males. Gavin was an incredible expertise to look at on monitor, and I’ll actually miss his sunny demeanor across the paddock. I’m a little bit bit stunned he didn’t resolve to hold on by August in an effort to get a sixth Le Mans victory, however I suppose when it’s time, it’s time.