Just five points were Oliver Jarvis and A1 Team Great Britain's reward on a difficult day in Sepang, one that showed plenty of speed but ultimately little luck.

Heading into the races with confidence after qualifying third and second, Jarvis was rarely out of the running but that meant he was caught up in a handful of incidents that led to two points finishes, but only in seventh and tenth.

Starting third for the first race, Jarvis got a good start but in his attempts to get the better of France ahead, he out-braked himself and clipped the back of Loic Duval's car. Damaging the front-wing, Jarvis slipped to seventh place as he wrestled with his ill-handling machine.

"In the Sprint race, I made a reasonable get away coming down into the first corner and was comfortably in third. I moved to the middle of the track braking fairly early and Canada shot up the inside. This wasn't too much of a problem, the problem was that France was almost at a standstill and unfortunately we made contact coming into turn 2. There was a bit of damage and I struggled with the car, which felt very snappy."

Nonetheless, the new Macau Grand Prix Champion had renewed hope from the front row in the second race but despite a strong getaway, an aggressive first lap eventually saw him end it in fourth behind France and Brazil, an open throttle blamed for the mistake.

Back up to third following the safety car induced pit stop, Jarvis fought over second place with Switzerland's Neel Jani on the restart, but while he initially got past, he eventually lost out and then dropped to fourth again behind an opportunistic France.

Worse was to come though when Jarvis was punted into a spin by Germany's Michael Ammermuller, dropping him to sixth. Although suffering a sticking wheel-nut in his pit stop, Jarvis was still heading for fifth place, only to find out he has been given a drive-thru penalty for pit lane speeding.

Dropping down the order significantly, a valiant effort saw Jarvis take tenth place - and therefore a single point - on the very final corner. However, despite the exciting end to the race, Jarvis was frustrated with the day as a whole.

"At the start of the Feature Race, going into the third corner, the throttle stuck so when I braked I locked the front wheels, and ultimately lost two places on the exit. The team did a great job in the first pit-stop and we got ahead of France coming back out on track in third.

"On the restart, I managed to get Switzerland round the outside, but he had a better run out on the second corner and drove down the inside of the third pushing me out wide to allow France back through leaving me in fourth. I put pressure on France for many laps then Germany made a ridiculous move hitting the left rear and causing me to drop a couple of places.

"Unfortunately we got a drive through penalty after the second pit stop as I couldn't get my car to slow down enough for some reason, which lost us valuable time. It's probably the hardest race I've ever had to only get a point. It's a disappointing result for the team and hopefully we will do better in Zhuhai."



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