Aston Success Spurred Corvette

Le Mans GT1 class winner Oliver Gavin believes that Corvette's success in last weekend's French classic owed much to the team getting fired up by the prospect of a head-to-head fight with Aston Martin

Aston Success Spurred Corvette

The pre-event hype surrounding Aston Martin, including their class win at Sebring and their pace in Le Mans testing, installed them as favourites for the GT1 crown but Corvette turned the tables and grabbed the win.

And Gavin claims that the interest in Aston Martin's return to Le Mans was just the spur Corvette needed to make the improvements they needed to win.

"The success of the Aston Martins in their first races actually motivated us very much in our preparations," said Gavin. " When we came to the official test here on the 5th June and found ourselves some way from the Astons' pace, the general assumption was that we were sandbagging, sticking strictly to the 3m55 rule. 

"That wasn't actually the case so, the week in between the test day and the race, our engineers went back to Detroit and worked like madmen to try and find us a bit more speed here and there and get us more comfortable in the car. 

"They worked wonders because when we came back for the race, the car was far more comfortable to drive and we could do a lap time that was respectable and reasonable.  We knew we had a very good race car."

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