Oliver Gavin announces retirement from sportscars – 6H Spa final race

Five-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Oliver Gavin has announced his retirement from professional racing at a pre-race press conference.

The 48-year-old Briton will be make his final professional race appearance at this weekend’s 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps with Corvette Racing and teammate Antonio Garcia.

At a pre-race press conference, he said:

“I announce that this weekend’s race, my 204th with Corvette Racing, will be my last of my professional racing career.

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“As I transition out of the race car, I open a new chapter with the start of the Oliver Gavin Driving Academy based in Boksburg, Germany.

“I’m delighted that my 20-year relationship with Chevrolet and Corvette will continue as I have 12 European-spec Corvette Stingrays (C8) on order.”

With an extensive 20-year stint in the sports car endurance discipline, he has succeeded in the world’s most iconic races on numerous occasions at the Petit Le Mans, Sebring 12 Hours, the Daytona 24 Hours, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

“There’s more to come on this over the next few months as we get ready for our launch in October.

“As with everything, family is the most important thing – I can’t thank them enough for their support over the last 30 years and their support as I move forward with this new role.”

The 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps this weekend is set to kick off Season 9 but marks Gavin’s final race in the professional racing spotlight.