Oliver Gavin secures podium at Spa 24 Hours

by James Thompson
Spa 24 Hour 2016 - Barwell Lamborghini - Credit: Craig Robertson/Racephotography.net

Oliver Gavin partnered Jon Minshaw, Phil Keen and Joe Osbourne in the #666 Demon Tweeks Lamborghini Huracan GT3 and put a beast of a performance at 2016 Total 24 Hours of Spa to secure the final spot on the podium, despite dropping down from 2nd in class due to a puncture with three hours remaining.

Keen qualified the Lamborghini in 20th position, but due to the penalties handed out to rivals, it lined up 9th on the grid. Despite issues with malfunctioning wheel guns, punctures and contact with another car, Gavin enjoyed the trip to Spa, a race he last competed in 2009.

“It was an intense race full of changing conditions, great strategy calls and big pressure as the competition was even more intense, a much higher level of driving. My teammates all did a fantastic job, no question and in the end secured a great result for the team.” said Gavin.

After a successful trip to Belgium, Gavin now heads across the Atlantic and back to his day job, driver of the #4 Corvette in order to retain his championship lead in the IMSA Whethertech SportsCar Challenge GTLM category for next weekend’s race at Road America (5-7 August).

He comes off the back of securing, Corvette Racing’s 100th Class win at Lime Rock to extend his lead in the GTLM over the Ford GT of Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe.

“Road America has been good historically for Corvette Racing and going from Lime Rock to there is really quite a jump, in terms of circuit size and layout. It’s a real challenge and always provides great racing for the fans.”

After all of his years racing Corvettes, adapting to the Lamborghini wasn’t too difficult. “It is a different beast, but the three main differences in the Lamborghini are the ABS, the Pirelli tyre and the engine being in the middle!”

“It takes some getting used to but we found the pace and I did my bit.”

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