Oliver Jarvis has said he is ready to prove he is the right man to takeover from the retired Tom Kristensen at Audi for the upcoming World Endurance Championship campaign.

Despite Jarvis calling the nine-time Le Mans winner 'a motorsport legend and irreplaceable', he is excited to prove he is able to fill the shoes of Kristensen at the full-factory Audi team in his first full season of WEC.

"It's up to me to accept this challenge and to prove that I deserve this seat in the regular WEC line-up," Jarvis said.

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Jarvis was promoted to a full-time driver seat for Audi in the WEC after impressing the team with a series of strong performances. The Cambridgeshire driver won the 12-hour race at Sebring in the Audi R18 e-tron Quattro in 2013 and has scored two podium finishes at Le Mans with the team.

Jarvis will co-drive with Lucas di Grassi - who he partnered in 2013 - and Loic Duval.

"Duval and di Grassi are two strong driver colleagues, and my other team partners, are a good benchmark for me," he added. "Obviously, we'd like to win Le Mans and the WEC, but a lot depends on the progress we've been making in winter compared to our rivals."

The 31-year-old driver has said he is training hard for the upcoming season as well as working hard in Audi's simulator learning a number of WEC tracks where he has never competed.

"In addition to my regular fitness training, I've still got to familiarise myself with a few WEC tracks I've never raced on. And since, unfortunately, we've got little time for testing on the race weekends I'll still be spending a lot of hours in the simulator."