Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin received the Colin Chapman trophy at the annual British Racing Drivers Club (BRDC) awards luncheon on Monday, an award given to drivers who display a great deal of team spirit.
Gavin was given the coveted award by Formula 1 world champion Damon Hill. Former recipients of the Colin Chapman trophy include F1 legends such as Sir Frank Williams, Ron Dennis, Ross Brawn and Christian Horner.
This year Gavin drove the No. 64 Corvette C7.R to victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans GTE Pro class with Tommy Milner and Jordan Taylor, his fifth class win at the annual endurance race. Gavin said the race defined his year in 2015 and that the trophy reflects the entire team’s efforts that week, not just his.
“I was very honoured to receive the Colin Chapman Trophy” said Gavin. “My season this year was defined by one event, the Le Mans 24 Hours and the roller coaster of emotions and events that week made it an extraordinary race. This award reflects the efforts of the whole team throughout that week which resulted in our ultimate victory in the GTE Pro Class. To get my 5th victory at Le Mans is very special.”
Gavin’s career has spanned two decades and is split between open-wheel and sportscar racing. The Briton won the British Formula 3 Championship and was recognized as the McLaren Autosport Young Driver of the Year on his rise to Formula 1 and later established himself as one of the world’s best endurance and GT drivers. This year he’ll be back behind the wheel of the C7.R – starting with the annual Rolex 24 At Daytona on the last weekend of January.