Oliver Jarvis left Pembrey after two days behind the wheel of the Team Great Britain car eager for more, and hoping that he may get to play a part in John Surtees' squad this season.

Although mindful that fellow McLaren Autosport Young Driver of the Year Alex Lloyd was effectively sidelined for the year after being selected but not used by Team GB ahead of the 2005-06 campaign, Jarvis is keen to retain an involvement, even though Robbie Kerr and Darren Manning appear favourites for the main race roles.

"The test was exactly what I expected, and I have to thank A1 Team GB for the opportunity," Jarvis said, "There was a great atmosphere within the team and it's a very
professionally run set-up. I was actually quite surprised by how well the car handled. It's a really nice car to drive, the trick is just fine-tuning the balance to get it set up to your own particular style.

"This was a great opportunity for me, and it's always a bonus when you can step up and test more powerful machinery. I'd love to be involved in A1GP, I think it's a fantastic concept and the new season looks like it could be even more competitive than last year's. Hopefully, given the chance, I can work with them again and run some races."

Unlike the two Canadians with whom he was sharing a sole car, the reigning Formula Renault UK champion at least knew the Pembrey circuit, thanks to its popularity as an F3 test venue, but impressed Surtees with both his performance behind the wheel and his feedback between runs over the two days.

"We tried to keep the pressure off Oliver for this test in order to evaluate his capabilities behind the wheel but, like all drivers, he's clearly a competitive individual," the 1964 F1 world champion revealed, "He acquitted himself very well throughout the test, and his feedback was commendable. We purposely made some changes to the car to see how he would respond, and he did so extremely well."

Surtees also admitted that the test was a good grounding, hinting that Jarvis could be involved in future.

"It's given him a good base knowledge of the car, which he can build on in future tests, perhaps starting at Silverstone at the official A1GP tests at the end of August," he said.

 

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