Oliver Gavin to race in V8 Supercars at Surfers Paradise with Kelly Racing
|By Jamie O'Leary||Monday, July 25th 2011, 10:24 GMT|
Oliver Gavin has completed Kelly Racing's line-up for October's Surfers Paradise V8 Supercar races.
The British driver becomes the fourth 'international' driver to sign for the team, joining fellow GT racers Richard Westbrook and Jorg Bergmeister plus IndyCar star Alex Tagliani.
The Corvette GT ace believes that his experience of heavy, V8-powered machines should help him adapt to the Holden Commodore he will share with Greg Murphy without too much trouble.
"Every car and tyre is different and you probably need to have a certain style of driving to get the most out of it," said the former McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner.
"The basic layout of the V8 is similar to the Corvette, but until you get your bum in the seat you're never really sure what it'll be like to drive. I'm relishing the challenge - it will be fantastic fun."
Gavin has a glittering track record in motorsport, having won the British Formula 3 title in 1995 and switching his focus to GT and sportscar racing a decade ago. Since then he has taken three American Le Mans Series GT1 titles and four class wins at the Le Mans 24 Hours - all with the factory Corvette squad.