In a recent interview with The Checkered Flag
, Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin — who just won his fifth Le Mans race this year — shared his thoughts on quite a few topics including his season thus far, his teammates, Le Mans, his history with Formula 1 racing, and more. Here’s some of what we considered to be the highlights of the discussion:
When asked what it means to have so many victories at such a prestigious race as Le Mans, Gavin replied:
“It means an awful lot to win such a prestigious race like the 24 Hours of Le Mans five times; just one victory there is special. I was lucky enough to get that first victory during my maiden season under the Corvette Racing banner in 2002 and to win Le Mans four times between then and 2006 was incredibly special and made me feel very lucky.”
Spoken like a true champ, we say.
TCF then asked Gavin about what he thinks makes one a successful GT racer. Gavin’s response:
“One of the most important skills for a successful GT racer is an ability to race at an extremely high level while dealing with everything else around you. Regardless of what car you’re up against, the chances are that you’ll be competing with a top-line, highly successful driver, so you need to be able to fight with them, but also deal with traffic by keeping one eye on what’s ahead of you through the windshield, what’s bearing down on you in the rear-view mirrors, and have an understanding of where you are in the race. The greatest GT drivers are able to do this year-on-year with very few mistakes.”
Given Gavin’s track record and his recent performance in the C7.R Corvette, we’ll take his word for it.
If you’d like to read TCF‘s interview in its entirety, click here.