Olly Calls It A Day In FIA GT1 Championship

Britain’s Oliver Gavin has a vast amount of experience and proven success as an International sports car driver with the GM factory Corvette Racing team, including multiple Championship titles and victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

This experience is much in demand in both Europe and North America right now, particularly within the intensely competitive GT class of the American Le Mans Series which boasts an in-depth field of factory and factory-supported entries. 

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With a need to focus on this North American challenge, it has been agreed that Gavin will concentrate fully on the remainder of the 2010 ALMS and will take no further part in any of the rounds of the 2010 FIA GT1 World Championship.  Gavin’s participation in the FIA series has failed to yield the results expected or deserved, despite some excellent showings with the tight knit and well-run Patrick Selleslagh SRT team in previous years.

Oliver said of the mid-season change of direction:  “I’ve enjoyed my time with Mad Croc Racing and working with Patrick and his team, but we’ve agreed to end our agreement earlier than planned.  This is primarily due to my commitments to Corvette Racing in the ALMS – the competition is so intense that we are putting in a lot of extra time and effort to that series in order to achieve success.  I have had some great fun with the close racing in the series and securing the odd fastest race lap, but working with Pertti Kuismanen was also proving to be extremely challenging each weekend. 

“I wasn’t going to be able to do the Nürburgring round anyway as it clashed with Mosport, and I’m sure there are many drivers available who would like an opportunity to participate in the FIA World Championship.  I wish them all a safe completion to the season, and I very much hope I might have another opportunity to race with Patrick and his team again in the future.”

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