Oliver Jarvis has set his sights on at least a pair of podiums, if not a win, after qualifying third and second for the latest two races of A1 Grand Prix at Sepang, Malaysia.

Back in the car in place of Robbie Kerr, Jarvis, who comes to Sepang having won the prestigious F3 Macau Grand Prix just a weekend earlier, is keen to continue the form that saw him win on his last appearance in the car at Zandvoort.

Indeed, having proved the driver to beat during practice, Jarvis was a hot favourite for pole position come qualifying. However, the Brit had no answer to the form of Neel Jani in the Switzerland entry in either session as the Champ Car World Series star dominated proceedings on the way to two pole positions.

Nonetheless, Jarvis will be there to challenge Jani in the races after qualifying third for the sprint race and second for the feature event. Indeed, while Jarvis admits he would not have been able to beat Jani in qualifying, he has renewed confidence for the races.

"It was quite a difficult qualifying, especially in Q1 where I got caught out by the car and made a mistake so didn't set a competitive time. For Q2 I had to take it quite cautiously but still managed to set a good enough lap for P3, but if I hadn't had to be cautious I think pole position could have been possible.

"Q3 and Q4 went really quite smoothly. I think I could have improved slightly on Q4 but congratulations to Neel Jani (A1 Team Switzerland) as there is no way I could have beaten his lap, so second on the grid is probably the best we could have hoped for and we will be looking to have a strong race from there. We'll be looking to move up places in both races, but the aim is to at least get two podiums, if not a win."

A1 Team Great Britain principal Katie Clements was equally impressed by Jarvis' performance and is expecting him to deliver more points to haul them further into the championship fight.

"The set-up changes we made ahead of Q1 didn't work and caught Olly out. But the team did a fantastic job continuously working away throughout qualifying to get the best out of the car. Q3 and Q4 went really well, but A1 Team Switzerland just did an even better job. Olly drove fantastically and will be in the heart of the action for tomorrow's races."

 

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