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In depth with Oliver Gavin

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Olly Gavin, along with Rob Huff, Richard Meins and Richard Glasson were quick in Class B at the Bathurst 12 Hour but a broken valve spring ended their day
Olly Gavin, along with Rob Huff, Richard Meins and Richard Glasson were quick in Class B at the Bathurst 12 Hour but a broken valve spring ended their day

As we continue to catch up on our Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hours coverage, we were lucky enough to get some time to talk with ALMS and Le Mans legend, Oliver Gavin.

Olly and I were distracted a couple of times and therefore the audio was cut on three occasions.

In this interview, however we discuss Olly’s time at Bathurst and getting used to the Mountain in an Audi GT3 machine.  His team which included 4 time WTCC Champion Rob Huff, GT front runner Richard Meins and Richard Glasson were mega quick but were halted from the class lead with a mechanical issue.  A $50 part put an end to their race.

But we couldn’t talk with Olly without discussing his F1 time and of course, his time in America.  We talk how he got to Corvette and the surprising help he got on the way.  We talk about how it was to race against the big guys in GT1 and what it was like racing against his teammates and no one else in GT1.  We talk the development of the GTE car, his expectations of the C7R and how TUSCC has come together.

I’d like to thank Olly for his candor and his time in this fascinating extended interview.  You can find more out on Olly at his website.

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(yes we know this is Gachot, but Gavin came close to making his F1 debut in the 1994 Pacific!)

 

 

 

 

By Sam Tickell, February 2014

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