CORVETTE'S OLIVER GAVIN EAGER TO RENEW HIS ACQUAINTANCE WITH SILVERSTONE
The current American Le Mans Series GT1 Championship leader, Oliver Gavin, will make his debut in the European-based version of the series this coming weekend with the French Luc Alphand Aventures team. It will be the first time the Northamptonshire based driver has raced at the Silverstone circuit since 1999 and he can't wait to appear in front of his home crowd as he has many good memories of racing and winning at the track.
Oliver will join Jerôme Policand and Patrice Goueslard in their Corvette C6.R for the final two rounds of the 2007 Le Mans Series, the first of which is at Silverstone. He has already driven for the team in the Spa 24 Hours at the end of July, finishing 6th overall.
"I really like Silverstone," said Oliver. "And it's a circuit I raced on for many years before I started racing in North America. My first time there was back in 1991 in a Formula First, and I think it's fantastic we're going to be racing on the full Grand Prix circuit this weekend because I think it's the best configuration at Silverstone. My best memory of Silverstone was winning the Formula 3 British Grand Prix support race in 1993 in front of all the F1 team owners.
"As we've seen from the past, the circuit will really suit the Le Mans Series cars and especially the Corvette C6.R," continued the British driver. "We are usually very good on high and medium speed corners, and the car is quite stable so I'm looking forward to seeing how it will perform there. The Luc Alphand Aventures car was very fast at Spa earlier in the year and I've every reason to believe it will be just as quick at Silverstone against some quite tough competition."
Oliver is very aware that his new French team mates are just one point shy of the lead in the GT1 Drivers and Team Championship tables so there is all to play for in Sunday's 1000 kilometre (or six hours, whichever comes first) race. "It will be a bit of a learning curve, driving for the first time with Jerôme and Patrice, seeing how everyone fits in and gets on. They seem to be very fast and professional, and it's important for us to get a good finish and to try and help them win the Championship.
It's going to be a busy weekend for Oliver, with lots of friends and family coming to watch him race. And what's he looking forward to most? "Being able to sleep in my own bed and come home at the end of each day and spend time with my family rather than trudge back to yet another hotel room!"