News and views from Oliver Gavin


  • Oliver Gavin gives Corvette C7.R its public track debut at the Daytona ROAR Before The 24 test
  • Corvette Racing satisfied that it has achieved its objectives at the conclusion of the ROAR
  • Marcel Fassler returns to the Corvette Racing squad as teammate to Olly and Tommy Milner
  • Dramatic fire on-board the #4 Corvette curtails first day of running at the ROAR

  • Oliver sets fastest Corvette Racing test time at the ROAR
  • 1m45.106s is 0.020s ahead of sister car
  • The time puts the #4 Corvette second in GTLM
  • Oliver completes 40 flying laps, despite losing day one of the ROAR test

    Oliver says:

    On the 2016 Weathertech United SportsCar Championship….

    “It looks like we are building up to a very exciting season, particularly in the GTLM class, with strength in depth throughout the field. The addition of the new Ford GT will bring added competition and interest for sure.”

    On the new Corvette C7.R….

    “The C7.R is a big step forward over last year’s car. The work done by Corvette Racing and Michelin to marry a tyre to the car has made significant advances and changes to the aerodynamics are particularly noticeable. Overall the car is more focused and aggressive to drive, in a good way!”

    After the Daytona ROAR Before The 24…

    “Overall I’m very pleased that we got through the programme and did what we set out to achieve before the test. We were able to try the car in a low-drag Daytona configuration and we confirmed that it works well with the new Michelin tyre, so we should be in good shape for the race.”

    On THAT fire…

    “Seeing flames coming from the C7.R on-track with Tommy (Milner) at the wheel was obviously concerning. Thankfully, Tommy got out safely and the guys were able to work hard to get us back on the track on the second day of the test. It appears that some fuel escaped from a check valve and ignited on the hot surfaces in the engine, which is obviously not ideal.”

    On Marcel Fassler…

    “It’s great to have a true pro like Marcel back in our car for the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup. This was Marcel’s first trip to Daytona and he was immediately fast, as you would expect. Working with him you can see why he is a three-time winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours and he will be an asset in the #4 Corvette for definite.”

    Ahead of the Daytona 24 Hours…

    “Having a 24-hour race as the WeatherTech United SportsCar Championship curtain-raiser is always a challenge and, as ever, Corvette Racing will be very well prepared and have attended to every detail. Last year we achieved a podium in the #4 car and our sister car won, so I have every reason to be confident for a good result in 2016. Hopefully this time one or two steps higher on the podium.”

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