Two Oliv­ers seek­ing more Corvette suc­cess

Motor Sport News - - Le Mans Preview - Stephen Lick­o­r­ish

There will be two Bri­tish Oliv­ers rac­ing Corvettes at Le Mans this year. How­ever, Oliver Gavin and Oliver Bryant have vastly dif­fer­ent lev­els of ex­pe­ri­ence of the twice-round-the-clock con­test.

This year’s race will be the 16th time that Gavin has lined up on the start­ing grid, while Bryant will make his de­but.

Gavin will be seek­ing a record­e­qualling sixth GT class tri­umph. The works Corvette driver was a class win­ner for the first time since 2006 last sea­son as he tri­umphed in a chaotic race for the GT cars and will again race along­side Jor­dan Tay­lor and Tommy Mil­ner next week­end.

But for Bryant it’s all new – well some of it. He has never driven the car be­fore, but does have ex­pe­ri­ence of the cir­cuit and 24-hour races.

“I’m de­lighted to be do­ing it – it’s some­thing I’ve al­ways wanted to do,” says Bryant, who has raced both mod­ern GTS and his­toric cars in re­cent sea­sons. “I’ve done the Le Mans Le­gends sup­port race so I know where the track goes and the ACO has in­tro­duced a manda­tory sim­u­la­tor ses­sion for rook­ies so I’ve got used to hav­ing LMP cars go­ing past you. I’ve also got a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence in GT cars, mainly front-en­gined ones as well [like the Corvette], so I’m sure get­ting used to the car won’t be a prob­lem.”

Bryant will drive for Team AAI, which is run by the Bel­gian Prospeed squad, in the GTE Am di­vi­sion and he will be us­ing the same chas­sis that Gavin was vic­to­ri­ous in last year. He will be joined by Johnny O’con­nell – and Mark Pat­ter­son.

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