It appears that Oliver Gavin will have a couple of rides in 2011, assuming that he maintains his seat with Corvette Racing in the American Le Mans Series. Olly announced that he will be racing in the Grand Am/Rolex Series with Banner Racing’s Chevrolet Camaro. Gavin will share the No. 07 The Cool TV Camaro with Gunter Schaldach for the seven round series. Where the calendar conflicts with the ALMS, the C6.R driver expects ALMS races to take precedence.
We found this to be an interesting move for Gavin as last year he signed up to race Corvettes in FIA competition in Europe with Mad Croc, only to leave the season early to focus on ALMS racing. Jan Magnussen raced in Grand Am last year, driving the Stevenson Motorsport’s Camaro. Magnussen is expected to return to that seat this year as well.
“I’m excited to be going back to the Grand-Am series and Daytona,” said Olly, “especially after missing out on racing in the Rolex 24 last year. Banner Racing has got a lot of experience in the series and the GT class, which I’m sure is every bit as competitive as other series. It’ll be great to be driving another Pratt & Miller car – we all know what a fantastic job they do on the engineering front.
“There will be a bit of extra spice to the challenge in the eight rounds I can be at as I’ll be up against my regular Corvette team mate, Jan Magnussen. That should make for some interesting racing!”
The 49th Rolex 24 at Daytona is set for January 29-30th at Daytona International Speedway.
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Photo Credit: Rick Dole 2009