After two race meetings where he only completed the rookie practice sessions, Oliver Jarvis will get the chance to race an A1GP car for the first time as he makes his debut for A1 Team GB in China this weekend.

After an impressive debut season in the British F3 International Series, where he finished second in the championship standings to Mike Conway, Jarvis will look to build on the solid start Team GB has enjoyed, with Darren Manning and Robbie Kerr having carried the team to fourth in the standings with two race weekends run.

With the Beijing street circuit new to all the drivers, Jarvis won't be at a disadvantage against any of his rivals and he will look to take advantage of that to secure a strong debut result.

"It's great to be heading into an A1GP event knowing I'm going to be in action throughout the whole weekend," he said. "I'm delighted that the team has given me the opportunity to prove myself in China and it's one I intend to seize with both hands! I've enjoyed participating in the rookie sessions but it'll be something special to finally line-up on the grid knowing I'm racing for Great Britain.

"Obviously one of the main challenges for this weekend is getting to grips with the track. It's a level playing field as nobody's raced there before so it'll be down to who can get their car hooked up to the demands and characteristics of the track fastest ahead of qualifying on Saturday. Street races don't normally lend themselves to too much overtaking, usually making qualifying even more important than normal, but last year's A1GP race in South Africa proved otherwise. I can't wait to get going!"

A1 Team GB team principal John Surtees said he was looking forward to seeing Jarvis make his debut, adding that the youngster fully deserved his chance to shine on the A1GP scene.

"Oliver without doubt has proved himself worthy of the chance to represent Great Britain and we're looking forward to monitoring his progress in China," he said. "He's been a great asset to the team in the rookie sessions and we felt he should be given the opportunity to measure up against the opposition in race conditions.

"We'll be expecting him to be up to speed quickly and he does of course have some street racing experience from his time in F3. I'm confident he'll do a good job and build on the foundations already put down by Darren and Robbie in the first two races!"

 

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