Gavin out of Supercars enduros

Oliver Gavin won’t take part in any of the Supercars endurance races, with LD Motorsport making an eleventh-hour change to its line-up.

Gavin out of Supercars enduros
Nick Percat and Cameron McConville
Nick Percat, Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden
Nick Percat, Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden
Cameron McConville, #1 Toll Holden Racing Team
#4 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner
GTLM winner Oliver Gavin, Corvette Racing
#4 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner
Nick Percat, Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden

The Brit was expected to partner up with Nick Percat for two of the three enduros, missing Sandown because of the Austin WeatherTech clash but returning to Australia for the Bathurst 1000 and Gold Coast 600 events.

However Corvette Racing has now scheduled a three-day test that clashes with the Gold Coast race, meaning that Gavin would only be available for Bathurst. And that has led to Gavin withdrawing from the campaign altogether.

Supercars veteran Cam McConville, who was set to fill in for Gavin at Sandown, will now partner Percat at all three enduros.

“When the tyre test was scheduled, Oli immediately knew he couldn’t put his best foot forward in just one race. He’s professional and knows what’s best for me and LDM, and we understand where his priorities lie,” Percat said.

“Obviously we’re disappointed Oli’s not able to race with us, but we’re also pleased Cameron is able to step in.

“Cam and I have been close since we were both co-drivers at the Holden Racing Team, he’s a quality, race winning driver and we know he will do a great job.”

McConville, who recently left his job at CAMS to focus on a return to more regular racing, says he is pleased to be right in the game for this season of endurance.

“Last month I was just carrying the oranges, but now I’ve come off the bench and am in the game – it’s all unexpected, but I’m excited,” McConville said.

“I was happy to co-drive with Nick just at Sandown, but Oli’s Corvette commitments take priority and it’s opened up a welcome opportunity for me.

“My intentions were to see how Sandown went before throwing my hat into the ring for a full enduro campaign next year, but that’s changed. I’ve kept sharp racing other categories, as well as having some laps in Nick’s Commodore.

“I’m confident I can do a good job for [team owner] Lucas [Dumbrell], Nick, and the team.”

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