Oliver Gavin

Yardley Hastings, England
Corvette Racing

Driver Bio

Oliver Gavin enters the TUDOR Championship as one of the winningest drivers in ALMS history. He will return with Corvette Racing in 2014.

Driver History

Finished third in 2013 ALMS GT standings for Corvette Racing, winning 12 Hours of Sebring.
Wins at Long Beach, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and VIRginia International Raceway propelled Gavin and teammate Tommy Milner to the 2012 ALMS GT championship. ...The duo clinched the championship a round early at VIR, where Gavin made his 100th career ALMS start.
Collected four podium finishes co-driving with Jan Magnussen and Richard Westbrook in the No. 4 Corvette C6.R, including a win a the Mobil 1 Grand Prix of Mosport.
At Sebring, an improbable collision in the pit lane with sister car as well as broken headlights when darkness fell caused the No. 4 Corvette to place ninth in class. ... At Long Beach, the No. 4 Corvette started fifth. Teammate Beretta had an encounter wiht a tire barrier which damaged the front bodywork and driver`s door. Beretta handed the car over to Gavin took who had to make two subsequent pit stops for additional repairs. Team finished ninth in GT. ... At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, started third on the GT grid. The No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R lost track position to its rivals on its fourth pit stop, but Gavin charged from seventh to first during his second stint. After the final round of fuel stops, Gavin was in third and within striking distance of the leader – but two late-race cautions stymied his attempts to move up in the finishing order. ... At Miller Motorsports Park, the No. 4 Corvette C6.R of Gavin and Olivier Beretta encountered an electrical problem on the second lap, finishing 10th after losing three laps to the leaders during repairs. ... At Lime Rock Park, the No. 4 Corvette C6.R of Gavin/Beretta finished fifth in the GT class, two laps behind the winning No. 45 Flying Lizard Porsche. A stop-and-go penalty effectively took the No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R out of contention for a victory. ... At Mid-Ohio, Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta drove the No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R to a runner-up finish in the fiercely contested GT class, finishing .582 seconds behind the winning No. 62 Ferrari 430 GT of Jaime Melo and Gianmaria Bruni. Corvette Racing celebrated their one year anniversary of running in the GT class. ... At Road America, Gavin put the No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R on pole. With teammate Beretta, the duo finished third in class, just 4.945 seconds behind the winning No. 90 BMW. The team advanced several position due to strategy and speed during the yellow caution-periods. ... At Mosport, The No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R of Oliver Gavin and Jan Magnussen was fourth across the finish line in the GT class, followed by the sister car. Gavin started the No. 4 Corvette C6.R third on the GT grid; just minutes after Magnussen took over, the Dyson Racing prototype hit the right front tire of the Corvette during an overtaking move causing a destroyed tire and a crash. The E85 ethanol-powered No. 4 Corvette won the Michelin Green X Challenge in the GT category by going the farthest, the fastest, with the smallest environmental impact. ... At Petit Le Mans, Corvette Racing concluded its first full season in the ultra-competitive GT2 category with a victory for Gavin/Magnussen/Collard. The No. 4 entry passed the No. 62 Ferrari as it slowed on the back straight in the final lap as it ran out of fuel.
Made seven starts in the No. 4 Corvette C6.R for Corvette Racing - two in GT1 and five in GT2 - with three podium and five top-five finishes; Finished 11th with Olivier Beretta while running on E85. ...At Sebring, captured GT1 pole and posted fastest class race lap in final appearance of GT1 Corvette C6.R. Drove to runner-up finish with Beretta/Marcel Fassler. ... At Long Beach, part of the winning duo that saw the top step in final Series GT1 race. Teamed with Beretta for second Long Beach victory in three tries. ...Scheduled to debut GT2 Corvette in August at Mid-Ohio, following Le Mans competition. ... At Mid-Ohio, placed fourth with Beretta in debut of Corvette GT2. ... At Road America, changed right side door due to contact with LMP2 car at 1:38 running. Started 13th overall and finished 14th overall in No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R. ... At Mosport, took home third-place class finish and first in MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge with Beretta. ... At Petit Le Mans, drove to fourth-place finish with Beretta/Fassler in rain-shortened event after leading in late stages. ... At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R finished 10th, 12 laps down to the leader after hard contact in a restart at the one-hour mark. The crew replaced the Corvette`s damaged front bodywork and a lower control arm. One class pole and one fastest race lap claimed for the season.
If it could go wrong it did go wrong for defending Series GT1 champions Oliver Gavin and teammate Olivier Beretta. ... Seeking unprecedented class four-peat, struggled throughout season with a run of on-track bad luck and mechanical woes and finished second in driver point standings behind teammates Jan Magnussen/Johnny O`Connell. ... Provided one of the memorial video highlights of season with pit exit shunt with sister car at Mid-Ohio. ... At Sebring, began season with strong car but half shaft failure left them eight laps down to winning sister car. ... At St. Petersburg, led from wire-to-wire with Beretta. Victory was pairing`s second straight at St. Petersburg circuit. ... At Long Beach, ran second with Beretta to sister car as two Corvettes finished a lap behind the overall race winners. ... At Salt Lake City, finished second again after lost time in pits with refueling rig issues. ... At Lime Rock, again finished second with uncharacteristic problems with Corvette`s gearbox. ... At Mid-Ohio, watched Beretta beat and banged at the two-hour mark with teammate Johnny O`Connell at exit to pit lane. .Once cars served nearly eight minutes in penalties, watched O`Connell go by in waning minutes for class victory. ... At Road America, in a heated battled with the sister car, slid off course in the kink resulting in the retirement and third place class finish. ... At Mosport, had hard off in Saturday`s first practice, forcing replacement of entire front-end. Repaired for qualifying and race where pairing finished second. ... At Detroit, won for first time since St. Petersburg and also a top-10 overall finish. ... At Road Atlanta, encountered throttle problems mid-race resulting in loss of six laps and another second place class finish. ... At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca finale, drove opening stint for second victory in three races and second straight at circuit.
Tied Series record with nine class wins in tandem with Beretta to easily win third consecutive class championship. ... Started season in championship form, winning at Sebring, St. Petersburg and Long Beach with pole position starts at St. Petersburg and Long Beach before seeing streak broken at Houston when sister Corvette GT1 entry swept to victory despite another pole starting spot. ... Qualified on GT1 pole at Utah but started at the back of grid because of a tire change and still came out on top in class. ... Finished on top in GT1 at Lime Rock, less than a second ahead of sister Corvette for season`s fifth victory. ... At Mid-Ohio, inherited class pole after No. 3 Corvette failed post-qualifying inspection resulting in 25th career Series win. ... Captured seventh GT1 victory of season with co-driver Beretta. ... Wound up second at Mosport and Detroit before clinching GT1 title at Petit Le Mans by delivering Corvette`s sixth endurance classic victory and seventh of the season for the two Ollies. ... Closed season at Laguna Seca with record ninth single season victory.
Gavin reached the podium in seven races including four class victories en route to a second straight GT1 drivers championship with Beretta. ... Added Magnussen at Sebring and won in class and placed third overall, highest finish for GT1 entry. ... Took advantage of full-course caution to win at Houston and won at Mid-Ohio by one lap over closest Aston Martin entry. Duo set a GT1 record for most consecutive victories, eight, dating back to Portland 2005. ... At Lime Rock, Gavin`s bid for a ninth consecutive GT1 victory vanished as contact with prototype resulted in fourth-place class finish. ... At Salt Lake City, the Gavin/ Beretta team encountered difficulty and wound up fourth in class marking first time that Corvette team did not finish in either first or second place in Series race since October of 2003. ... At Portland, Gavin captured class victory with hard-fought win in extreme heat. ... At Road America and Mosport, took second place in class. ... At Petit Le Mans, saw endurance winning streak with Beretta/ Magnussen come to end with third-place class finish behind two Aston Martins. Posted race`s fastest GT1 lap at 1:18.834 (115.991 mph). ... At Laguna Seca, clinched second straight championship with runner-up finish. Avoided disaster with early-race pit stop under yellow. ... Recorded three fastest race laps.
Took first class championship of career with six wins in 10 starts. ... Reunited with Beretta/Magnussen at Sebring and guided Corvette C6.R to podium (third place) finish in GT1 class after overcoming numerous handling and other problems throughout race. ... Excursion into Road Atlanta`s Turn 10 gravel trap knocked Corvette from second in class to fifth, but Gavin/Beretta successfully navigated way past Maserati and Saleen for third place in class. ... Jockeyed back and forth with Corvette teammates Fellows/O`Connell at Mid-Ohio but had to settle for second in GT1 class and sixth overall. ... Took season`s first win at Lime Rock en route to third overall position behind pair of Audi R8s. ... Second at Infineon after spirited late-race joust with Ron Fellows before winning last five events and subsequent championship. ... Held off Fellows/O`Connell again at Portland. ... More of the same at Road America, as duo won again with Gavin turning fastest GT1 lap for second consecutive race. ... Took points lead with win over Fellows/O`Connell at Mosport. ... Solidified championship position on strength of Petit Le Mans win with Beretta/Magnussen. ... Ended on title run with another win at Laguna Seca, giving Gavin/Beretta combo seven wins in last eight races. ... Two class pole positions and five fastest race laps.
Gavin/Beretta battled teammates Fellows/ O`Connell for class drivers championship all season long as the two Corvette teams dominated GTS. ... Won four times in 10 starts with eight top-three finishes. ... Mechanical failure at Sebring shut Gavin down less than a quarter of the way into the 12 hours. ... Second to Fellows/O`Connell at Mid-Ohio, then reversed order for first win of season at Lime Rock. ... Reached podium (third) at Infineon then shook off sub-par showing to claim second place in class and fourth car overall at Portland. ... Returned to winner`s circle at Mosport, fourth overall, in holding off Fellows/O`Connell and triumphed at Road America which saw Gavin/Beretta duo run third overall. ... Torrid late-season saw third consecutive win, this time at Petit Le Mans, fourth overall, trailing only two Audis and Dyson Lola. ... Second at Laguna Seca. ... One of five drivers (Roman Dumas, Clint Field, James Weaver and Beretta) to record four poles.
In first season as Corvette factory pilot, dominated at Sebring in Corvette C5-R only to lose when the transmission broke late in the race, then won in class at Chevy Grand Prix (with Kelly Collins). ... Also captured GTS win at Trois-Rivieres en route to fourth-place finish among all cars. ... Never finished worse than seventh in class all year, save for Miami, when team did not start due to practice crash. ... Capped season with nice performance at Petit Le Mans, starting 16th on grid and earning podium finish for third spot among GTS competitors and helping Chevrolet clinch Manufacturer`s title by one point over archrival Ferrari.
Joined Corvette team as a third driver at Sebring and Petit Le Mans. ... Drove with Fellows/O`Connell to GTS victory at Sebring and ninth-place overall finish. ... Same exact result at Petit Le Mans. ... Only other start, also with Fellows and O`Connell, was at Road America and resulted in second-place GTS outcome. ... Promoted to full-time works driver at season`s end.
Had two starts, one win that came at Sebring in partnership with Saleen co-drivers Terry Borcheller/Franz Konrad. ... Was first Series win for Saleen as well as first wins for all three drivers.
Started one race, Petit Le Mans, in an LMP900 with Jon Field. Retired early due to mechanical problems.