Oliver Gavin has elected to step away from his full-time role with Corvette Racing at the conclusion of the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship season.
The Briton first joined Corvette Racing for the 2002 season and has been a staple of the team’s driver lineup ever since. Gavin has started more races than any other Corvette Racing driver at 201, taking 51 race wins, 25 pole positions and five championships in the process. He also has five 24 Hours of Le Mans victories to his name, along with five wins at both the 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans. Additionally, Gavin won the 2016 24 Hours of Daytona alongside teammates Oliver Gavin and Marcel Fassler, helping to set him up for his final IMSA GT Le Mans driver’s championship.
“To have been with the same team for 19 seasons has been an immense privilege, and I thank from the bottom of my heart each and every person who has shared that journey with me,” Gavin said in a statement. “It’s been an amazing run, and I’ve been very lucky to have been able to drive at such a high level for so long.
“I’m extremely proud of what we’ve achieved together, especially the championship wins and milestone victories at Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring, among others.”
Gavin’s input has been crucial to the development of Corvette Racing’s various cars, as well. The Briton has driven every iteration of Corvette Racing car, from the C5-R to the new mid-engine C8.R, and plays a major role in the technical development and setup work for team’s iconic yellow ‘Vettes.
“I’m also very proud of the part I played in developing four generations of Corvette race cars for both IMSA and at Le Mans, and I look forward to exploring opportunities to represent Chevrolet and Corvette Racing in the future,” Gavin said, alluding to a potential co-driver role for select endurance races in the future.
“No driver at Corvette Racing has started more events, captured more championships or won more races,” added Chevrolet’s vice president of motorsports, Jim Campbell.”Oliver’s success has brought great improvements over the years not just to Corvette Racing, but also to every Corvette that sits in an owner’s driveway.
“We are hopeful of creating more of those opportunities with Oliver into the future.”
Gavin’s exit is the second major driver departure at Corvette Racing in as many years after Jan Magnussen left the team at the conclusion of the 2019 season. Magnussen, who much like Gavin was veteran of the Corvette team, was replaced by American driver Jordan Taylor. The young American driver won this year’s driver’s IMSA GTLM championship alongside teammate Antonio Garcia.
Gavin’s final race as full-time member of Corvette Racing will be the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, set to kick off on November 13th at 9:05 a.m. It’s currently not clear who his replacement could be for the 2021 season.