Oliver Gavin is set to join Tomáš Enge in a Reiter Engineering-prepared SaRENi Camaro GT3 on his return to ADAC GT Masters at Motorsport Arena Oschersleben in Germany (24-26 April).
Gavin is a full-time competitor in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship with the works Corvette Racing squad and will also face the 24 Hours of Le Mans French endurance classic at Circuit de la Sarthe in June.
However, the Briton is no stranger to ADAC GT Masters. He contested three rounds of the series in a Callaway Competition Corvette in 2014, achieving two race wins at the Red Bull Ring in Austria and a podium finish on German soil at the Lausitzring.
This time around, Gavin will pilot a 650bhp Reiter Engineering-prepared Camaro, which has been extensively developed over the winter months to ensure the team has a successful 2015 ADAC GT Masters season, beginning at the technical Oschersleben circuit this weekend (24-26 April).
The 3.69km German track will host two one-hour sprint races over the course of the weekend and both Gavin and his Czech teammate Enge will have an opportunity to take a start and receive the chequered flag, with the minimum drive time for each competitor set at 25 minutes.
As a result, the racing is fast and frenetic and Gavin suggests an alternative, more aggressive approach may be required, saying: “I’m pleased to be returning to ADAC GT Masters, as the success I had in 2014 has left me with very fond memories of the championship. The racing is very close and it can get quite physical due to the sprint format, leaving you very little time to sit and wait and see how things develop. You’re in full attack mode from lights-to-flag.
“Being involved in ADAC GT Masters gives me another chance to test myself, as it’s very different to the TUDOR Championship and Australian V8 Supercars. I will definitely have to switch gear and use all of my guile and experience to ensure we first and foremost survive the races and also come away with some good results.”
Gavin added: “Reiter Engineering has worked hard over the winter and is confident it has moved on with the SaRENi Camaro GT3. I’ve driven the car before and I think a podium will be a good result in Oschersleben. Another positive is that I know Tomáš (Enge) very well. We’ve raced against each other countless times over many years and we’ve always had a good relationship, as there’s a lot of mutual respect there. On his day he can do some pretty remarkable things in a racecar and, in addition to that, he’s one of motorsport’s most colourful characters. There’s never a dull moment when you’re with Tomáš.”