Pre-24 Hours of Le Mans news and views from Oliver Gavin

sm_ecd6cb00-f304-49d6-b04e-3bc1141b96d8Oliver Gavin’s incredible Le Mans record

  • 15 times a 24 Heures du Mans competitor
  • Five-time winner
  • Eight-time podium visitor
  • 14 attempts in a Corvette
  • Most successful Corvette Racing driver at Le Mans
  • 32 per cent entry-to-win ratio
  • 53 per cent podium ratio
  • Official Le Mans test report (5 June, 2016)

  • Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Jordan Taylor return, reuniting the 2015 Le Mans-winning line-up;
  • Corvette Racing ended the official Le Mans test in first and fourth in GTE Pro, Gavin in P4;
  • Ultra-competitive GTE Pro field promises to provide the closest of fights for victory across all of the manufacturers;
  • Chevrolet Corvette C7.R runs 2016 aero and new Michelin tyres at Le Mans for the first time, with satisfactory results;
  • Fastest pre-race testing pace ever: lapping Circuit de la Sarthe two seconds quicker in similar conditions suggests a very fast race pace in the 24 Hours of Le Mans itself.

    Gavin says…

    Ahead of his 16th visit to the 24 Hours of Le Mans…

    “Our whole year at Corvette Racing is geared up around this event. It’s huge for the team and for me. I love it when June comes around each year, although it represents an enormous amount of work and effort by all involved.”

    On the official Le Mans test…

    “We ran through the intended programme and were pleased with the results of the test day. Jordan (Taylor) only flew in from Detroit that morning after competing for Wayne Taylor Racing in the WeatherTech United SportsCar Championship. It was good for us all to be back together at Le Mans.

    On the 2016 Corvette C7.R at Le Mans…

    “It felt good. We were really pleased with the balance. It’s the first time that we have run the updated aero package in conjunction with the new tyres from Michelin, and I have to say the results were very satisfying. We ran the aero kit in the Rolex 24 at Daytona and it performed very well there, but we were on the low-energy Michelin tyres, so it was great to get to grips with the new package.”

    On the competition and the chief threats for victory…

    “I see threats coming from all directions, pretty much. All the manufacturers in GTE Pro look very strong and the pace was fast from the start of the test to the end. You couldn’t take your eyes off the timing screens for a second, as different cars were posting faster sectors here, fastest laps there. It is going to be ultra-competitive, that’s for sure!”

    On his chances of achieving victory number six…

    “We have a good chance; the test showed we have good pace, but we will have to see what the opposition was really doing. Some may have been driving to a delta time, others may have been laying everything on the line. We will only find out when we come back for the race. We have proven reliability, while others have new and untried cars at Le Mans, but everybody is focused on one thing – winning.”

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