10 April 2015
WEC: Jarvis ready to embark on ‘dream’ season
Oliver Jarvis is on home soil for the WEC opener, but Silverstone is just one unfamiliarity for the Briton as he becomes an Audi full-timer.
Audi driver Oliver Jarvis starts his first full World Endurance Championship season in his homeland this weekend, admitting that the campaign is a 'dream come true'.
Despite being on home soil, much is new for the 31-year old this weekend. He already knows the Audi R18 e-tron quattro, having contested five FIA WEC races with it in the past, but everything will be different for the Le Mans podium finisher from April onwards.
“Loïc Duval and Lucas di Grassi are my team-mates for the first time and I contest a complete WEC season for Audi for the first time too,” Jarvis explained, “The benchmark for us are our team-mates Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer in the number 7 Audi, and the three of us want to be just as strong. We will have to complete a learning curve as a driver team and, with this in mind, it's a big advantage that we suit each other and have a similar way of working.”
Of all things, even his home track is relatively new to the Briton, who has spent much of the recent past racing abroad.
“I've only ever driven once on the current version of the track,” he revealed, “I raced in the Blancpain Endurance Series here two years ago in the Audi R8 LMS ultra, but it's a big difference whether you drive here in a GT3 sportscar or now in a much faster LMP1 car. There are many fast corners that require a very committed driving style, and Silverstone offers a real challenge as the first WEC race of the year.”
The opportunity to fight for a title in the Audi R18 e-tron quattro is also unusual for a driver who has played a bit-part role of late.
“Up until now, I had only driven in selected races, but now I have the entire WEC season on my calendar for the first time,” he confirmed, “Being able to contest the entire world championship means that a dream has come true for me.
“It's important to start the season with a good result and to score as many points as possible. I still don't know what to expect, but I'm confident after the WEC prologue at Le Castellet in March. My two team-mates and I feel exceptionally well prepared. We see ourselves as a good, close team and want to have a successful weekend. It would be fantastic to be on the podium.”
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