Revving up ahead of his debut in the DTM at Hockenheim this weekend, Oliver Jarvis is well aware that he faces a 'steep learning curve' in his maiden campaign in the leading pan-European tin-top series, but nevertheless is refusing to play down his expectations ahead of the season curtain-raiser.
The young Briton has precious little experience in touring cars – with no great opportunity for pre-season testing – and he knows he is on the back foot behind the wheel of one of Audi Sport Team Phoenix's 2007-spec Audi A4s.
The former McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year
and Macau F3 Grand Prix winner produced encouraging lap times in Oschersleben last week, however, less than a second shy of the leading pace and a consistent top-eight challenger.
“After a relatively short amount of testing time in the Audi A4 DTM, Hockenheim will be a steep learning curve for me,” the 24-year-old A1GP star readily admitted. “Unfortunately, I don't know the track, but I'm very much looking forward to it and with the help of the Phoenix team I would like to think we can make it into the top ten in qualifying.
“My main aim for the race is to finish, and as it will be my first time at Hockenheim combined with my lack of DTM experience, I hope it's a dry race. It would be great to be among the top ten in qualifying and to finish the race – ideally in the points. The same goes for Oschersleben, where I was able to test prior to the season opener.
“One of the things I'm really looking forward to – and another reason why I joined the DTM – is because of the legendary atmosphere at these races. There is sure to be a large crowd – over 100,000 – and as a racing driver it's always your aim to perform in front of such big, enthusiastic crowds. I'm eager to see where I stand compared with the other drivers, and I can hardly wait for the season to start!”