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OLIVER GAVIN FIRED UP FOR BRITISH RETURN THURSDAY, 2 August: British sportscar ace Oliver Gavin is eagerly awaiting the chance to race again on home soil when the Le Mans Series returns to Silverstone from September 14-16. Featuring some of...

OLIVER GAVIN FIRED UP FOR BRITISH RETURN

THURSDAY, 2 August: British sportscar ace Oliver Gavin is eagerly awaiting the chance to race again on home soil when the Le Mans Series returns to Silverstone from September 14-16.

Featuring some of the stars and cars from the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Le Mans Series will stage its final European 1000km race of the season at the Northhampton track.

Gavin is a former winner of the McLaren Autosport young driver of the year award and is an ex-Formula 1 test driver. He has now made his name as a member of the factory Chevrolet Corvette team in the American Le Mans Series - winning two championships in the "LM"GT1 class as well as four class victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

But after establishing a successful career in the US, the Northampton-based Gavin has his sights set on contesting his first race on British soil since 1998.

While he drives for the factory Corvette squad in the US, Gavin has been recruited to also do a number of races for ex-downhill Ski World Cup Champion Luc Alphand's team in the Le Mans Series - actually driving the very same Corvette he used to win at Le Mans last year.

"I haven't raced at Silverstone since 1998 so I can't wait for the Le Mans Series round," Gavins said.

"The last time was in the Porsche Supercup event in support of the Grand Prix. I went really well that weekend and finished 2nd in wet and really tricky conditions – it was certainly a lot of fun.

"I can't wait to get back there. The chance to race the same car I have run for the past six years in the US and Le Mans is a great opportunity. It really is kind of a dream for me.

"It will be nice to share the weekend with family and friends and actually sleep in my own bed the night before a race – I haven't done that for a very long time."

BRITISH PROTOTYPE SQUAD AIMING FOR HOME SUCCESS

While Peugeot's new diesel-powered prototype has proven to be the car to beat in the 2007 Le Mans Series, the British RML squad has is looking to continue their winning ways in the "LM"P2 category for less powerful, yet lighter prototype sportscars.

Brit Mike Newton and British-based Brazilian Thomas Erdos took their third victory at the last round of the championship at the Nurburgring in Germany.

The duo have dominated the category in recent seasons, but have suffered a string of last minute problems including a late-race engine failure which lost them last year's class championship in the final race of the year.

Newton and Erdos currently hold a five point advantage in this year's championship battle.

The "LM"P2 class is one of the most hotly contested in the Le Mans Series with 11 cars fighting it out for victory.

THE CAR BEHIND SILVERSTONE'S F1 TEAM

At the Le Mans Series event, race fans will get the chance to see the car race that lends its name to Silverstone's very own Formula One team.

While you won't see the Spyker Formula 1 car drive up the M40, you could see a Spyker C8, especially on race day at Silverstone.

Spyker is a Dutch manufacturer which produces high performance sports cars. Two Spyker C8 Spyder GT2R machines will be on the grid at Silverstone in the "LM"GT2 class competing against rival manufacturers Porsche, Ferrari and Panoz.

The factory Spyker Squadron entry is driven by Dutchman Peter Kox and Jarek Janis. The Speedy Racing Team Spyker line-up includes Formula British Formula 3 champion Jonny Kane teamed with Andrea Belicchi and Andrea Chiesa.

Local fans will get the chance to see the Spyker "LM"GT2 car race at Silverston from September 14-16. Tickets for the UK round of the Le Mans Series can be booked online or call Silverstone on 08704 588 260.

-credit: www.lemans-series.com

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Oliver Gavin , Peter Kox , Jonny Kane , Luc Alphand , Andrea Chiesa , Mike Newton , Thomas Erdos , Andrea Belicchi , Jarek Janis