Oliver Jarvis has had to pass up the chance to climb back into the Team Great Britain car for the next two rounds of the A1 Grand Prix series, as his new F3 deal with TOM's requiring him to be in Japan over the Taupo weekend.

The Briton had been set to drive in New Zealand, having been given the nod to contest all races at circuits new to the A1GP series, and could have been retained for the Eastern Creek round that follows, but will now miss the former as it clashes with a pre-season test with his new All-Japan F3 team.

"With the competition as fierce as ever in Japan, coupled with a new team to get to know, I made the decision to go to Japan as soon as I could to get my pre-season preparations underway," the Briton explained, "Unfortunately, this now means that I'll be unable to represent Team Great Britain in New Zealand as there's a date clash.

"Robbie [Kerr] will drive there now and, with the timeframes and logistics involved, he'll do Australia as well. Hopefully, I'll get a chance to race again for Great Britain but, at this stage, we just need to wait and see how things pan out with all our various schedules."

Although he admits to having had opportunities to remain in the British F3 series this year, Jarvis is confident that moving to Japan will allow him to build on his year of experience in 2006 and take another step towards his goal of an F1 ride.

"Many people have made the switch from Japan to Formula One, and [Adrian] Sutil's graduation to Spyker shows that it's still a relevant option, despite the various categories on offer in Europe," he reasoned, "Formula One is still my ultimate goal, but I love to race cars so if I can make a living as a professional driver then I'd consider myself to be very fortunate.

"I think racing in Japan opens up a few more doors for me without losing sight of my long term aspirations. I still have my test with the McLaren F1 team to look forward to, having won that as part of the BRDC McLaren Autosport Young Driver of the Year Award [in 2005]. It's more than likely that the test will take place at some point this year, so I'll be sure to make the most of it when the time comes."



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