Five-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, Oliver Gavin, will remain with the factory Corvette Racing team for a 15th consecutive year in 2016.
The announcement comes as Gavin readies himself for the concluding part of the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship – Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta this weekend – as well as the second instalment of the Australian V8 Supercars PIRTEK Enduro Cup – the Supercheap Autos Bathurst 1000 (10-11 October) on the legendary Mount Panorama circuit.
British driver Gavin is synonymous with Corvette Racing having first joined the Pratt and Miller ranks in 2002 and it has been a lucrative partnership; Gavin has gone on to win the world’s greatest motor race, the Le Mans 24 Hours, on no fewer than five occasions and achieve four American Le Mans Series (ALMS) titles with the beloved Velocity Yellow sportscars.
Tommy Milner, Antonio Garcia, and the experienced Jan Magnussen, will also remain within the team’s driver line-up for the duration of 2016, when Corvette Racing launches another attack on the WeatherTech United SportsCar Championship and Le Mans with the striking Chevrolet Corvette C7.R.
“I’m delighted to be back with Corvette Racing for my 15th year,” said Gavin. “It has been an amazing career with the team, and we’re looking to build on the last couple of seasons with the Corvette C7.R.
“We were able to win the biggest three events in endurance racing this year. The goal is to build on that and repeat that success next year.
“The continuity of our driver line-up is fantastic. We have a great mix of youth and experience. It shows with the successes that we’ve had – the championships and race wins – that the core four drivers work well together. ”
This weekend Gavin will vie for his sixth Petit Le Mans win and, as the NAEC is still within reach for him and teammate Milner, there is a keen desire to return to victory lane this weekend.
“I won my fifth Le Mans 24 Hours this year, and I’d very much like to win Petit Le Mans for the sixth time to close the 2015 season,” continued Gavin.
“The Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup is still very much in play for Tommy and I. It’s an important championship and an achievement we would gladly take.”