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Hire A Hubby-backed Gavin primed for opening V8 Supercars enduro at Sandown

The Hire A Hubby-backed Oliver Gavin is primed for a second consecutive run at the Australian V8 Supercars PIRTEK Enduro Cup, starting with the Wilson Security Sandown 500 (11-13 September).

Gavin, who became a five-time winner in the 24 Hours of Le Mans earlier this year, is gearing up for a high-intensity end-of-season programme that consists of five races on two continents in seven weeks.

The British ace from Yardley Hastings, Northamptonshire will cross oceans while dovetailing his full-time commitments as a factory Corvette Racing driver in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship with a second consecutive attack on the V8 Supercars PIRTEK Enduro Cup as teammate to Nick Percat in the #222 Repair Management Holden VF Commodore.

Gavin first sampled a V8 Supercar in the 2011 Gold Coast 600 when he and Greg Murphy achieved a brace of top six finishes, but made a resplendent return to the Aussie V8s grid as Percat’s co-driver three years later in 2014.

It was a formidable union, as the Anglo-Australian pairing finished eighth in the final classification after Gavin became the first international rookie since 1989 to reach the podium in Australia’s great race, the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Happily, Gavin and Percat will reunite in the 2015 Wilson Security Sandown 500 (11-13 September), this time in a Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport-prepared Holden, and the teammates are understandably optimistic about their prospects after last year’s successes.

Gavin, whose PIRTEK Enduro Cup campaign will be supported by Hire A Hubby, said: “I’ll be trying to use muscle memory from last year’s visits to Sandown International Raceway, Mount Panorama and Surfers Paradise to reacclimatise to the circuits, the driving techniques and the style of racing you typically see in Australian V8 Supercars. I’ve been focusing on switching tack ever since the flag fell on the TUDOR  Championship race at Virginia International Raceway in August and I really feel my head is in gear and primed for the challenge ahead.

“Racing a V8 requires a completely different approach to what I’m used to with the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R. The Holden is a unique beast that needs to be tackled in a very specific way, which I came to understand in 2014. Of course, it’s great to be partnering Nick once again. He’s a really talented young driver, we work well together and, given what we achieved last year, I feel we will have a good shot scoring consistently strong results in this year’s PIRTEK Enduro Cup.”

Gavin will contest all three rounds of the Australian V8 Supercars PIRTEK Enduro Cup, which consists of the Wilson Security Sandown 500 (11-13 September), Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 (8-11 October) and Castrol Gold Coast 600 (23-25 October).

Parties interested in either supporting the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia or becoming a Hire A Hubby franchisee should contact BAM Motorsport Promotions or Oliver Gavin directly:

David Madgwick (BAM Motorsports)
E: dmadgwick@bam-promo.com
T: +44(0)1442 891500
M: +44(0)7884 318272
Oliver Gavin
E: oliver@olivergavin.com

For more information on Oliver Gavin and his racing activities, please visit the official www.olivergavin.com website, ‘like’ his Facebook page or follow @olivergavinon Twitter.

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End of season Q&A – 2009

1. How did it feel to say goodbye to the Corvette GT1 car in the ALMS after so many successful seasons?

It felt quite sad because the car had generated a huge amount of success for the team and me personally, and I got so much enjoyment out of driving it. With my team mates, I won Le Mans four times in the GT1 car, starting in 2002 and then three great victories with Olivier [Beretta] and Jan [Magnussen] in 2004/05/06. I also won three ALMS championships with Olivier so it played a huge part in my career. The GT1 car spanned a decade of successful competition which is really impressive; I’m pleased to have been part of the history of such an important and special car. Read more →

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Oliver Gavin joins SRT for SPA 24 hours

Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin has agreed a deal with leading Belgian FIA GT sportscar entrant, Selleslagh Racing Team (SRT), to be part of its driver line-up for the Spa 24 Hours on 26/27th July.

For his second outing at the Spa classic, round four of the 2009 FIA GT Championship, the 36-year-old from Yardley Hastings, Northamptonshire will be taking to the wheel of the SRT Corvette C6.R with highly experienced Belgian Bert Longin, the reigning FIA GT3 Champion, James Ruffier of France, and former Belgian GT Champion, Maxime Soulet. Read more →

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Corvette racing second in wild finish to ALMS season finale

Corvette racing scores fifth podium finish in five races with GT2 Corvette C6.R

MONTEREY, Calif., Oct. 10, 2009 – Corvette racing teammates Jan Magnussen and Johnny O’Connell finished as runners-up in the season-ending Monterey Sports Car Championships at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The race ended as Magnussen spun across the track and hit the wall on the pit straight in the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R. The Danish driver was examined and released from the trackside medical center after his encounter with the concrete barrier as the Corvette’s safety systems and energy-absorbing structure performed as designed in the impact. Read more →

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Corvette racing will wrap up GT2 test program in ALMS season finale

Four-hour Monterey sports car championships is final test for new production-based GT2 corvettes

MONTEREY, Calif., Oct. 7, 2009 – While most teams in the American Le Mans Series are looking to Saturday’s Monterey Sports Car Championships at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca as the end to a long season, Corvette Racing will go to the scenic California circuit to wrap up its test and development program for the GT2 version of the Compuware Corvette C6.R race car. Read more →

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Corvette racing splashes to fourth and sixth in rain-shortened Petit Le Mans

Corvette C6.Rs run one-two before early finish to rain-soaked race

BRASELTON, Ga., Sept. 26, 2009 – The torrential rain that has inundated Georgia returned today, forcing officials to red flag the scheduled 10-hour Petit Le Mans after four hours and 50 minutes of racing. With heavy rainfall and runoff continuing to drench the Road Atlanta circuit and no hope of drying the track, the event was declared official at 8:44 on the race clock. When the race ended with the cars parked in the pit lane, Corvette Racing’s No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R was fourth in the GT2 class, one lap behind Risi Competizione’s GT2-winning No. 62 Ferrari 430. The No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R was classified sixth, two laps down. Read more →

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Petit Le Mans is first endurance test for GT2 corvette C6.R

Roller Coaster Road Course to Challenge New-Generation Corvettes in the Long Run

BRASELTON, Ga., Sept. 22, 2009 – The GT2 version of the Corvette C6.R will face its sternest test yet at Road Atlanta on Saturday, September 26, in the 1,000-mile/10-hour Petit Le Mans, the ninth round of the 10-race American Le Mans Series. The grueling race on the Georgia road course will be the first test of endurance for Corvette Racing since the debut of the second-generation C6.R in the GT2 category. Although the new-generation Corvette race car has finished on the podium in the last three sprint races – including its maiden win three weeks ago at Mosport International Raceway – Petit Le Mans will be the longest race yet for the Corvette ZR1-based machines. Read more →

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Corvette racing to start third and seventh in GT2 at Petit Le Mans

Beretta knocked off GT2 pole in closing minutes of qualifying at road atlanta

BRASELTON, Ga., Sept. 25, 2009 – Corvette Racing drivers Olivier Beretta and Johnny O’Connell qualified third and seventh respectively for Saturday’s 1,000-mile/10-hour Petit Le Mans, the ninth round of the American Le Mans Series. Today’s 25-minute GT2 qualifying session was held in hot and humid conditions, but with a 90 percent probability of rain in the weather forecast for race day, the rolling Road Atlanta circuit could be dramatically different when the green flag falls. Read more →

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It’s great to be back racing again!

With the past three rounds of the American Le Mans Series now under his belt, as a fully paid-up member of the super-competitive GT2 class, Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin reflects on how exciting and fun the racing has been and looks forward to the prestigious Petit Le Mans event at Road Atlanta, Georgia.

“Being back in the ALMS has been fantastic. When you are away for a number of races, and you then return, you realise how good the championship is; the atmosphere, the people, the quality of the drivers and teams in it – it never seems to drop and is always high. Read more →

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Corvette racing to rock Toronto financial district

Corvette Racing to Rock Toronto Financial District

Pit Stop Demonstration at Brookfield Place Will Showcase American Le Mans Series in Downtown Toronto

TORONTO – Corvette Racing will bring the sound and fury of international road racing to Canada’s financial center as a prelude to the Grand Prix of Mosport, the eighth round of the American Le Mans Series to be held at Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ont., on Sunday, August 30. The clatter of air guns will echo through Brookfield Place, the heart of Toronto’s financial district, when the Corvette Racing crew stages a pit stop demonstration at midday on Wednesday, August 26. Read more →

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