JARVIS CLAIMS FIRST WEC WIN

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Oliver Jarvis be­lieves his first vic­tory in the World En­durance Cham­pi­onship at Spa last week­end can kick­start his and his team-mates’ sea­sons.

It was the 32-year-old’s first WEC win at his 13th at­tempt af­ter be­ing pro­moted to a full-time seat for last sea­son in the #8 Audi along­side Lu­cas di Grassi and Loic Duval.

The win was also di Grassi’s first, and the first for Duval since his cham­pi­onship year in 2013.

“It’s a great feel­ing to stand on top of the podium and hope­fully kick­start our sea­son from here,” Jarvis said.

“It’s a huge deal, not just for my­self but for Lu­cas and Loic as well. To get that win in the bank and the mon­key off the back was hugely im­por­tant.

“Last year, at times we had re­ally good pace and we were just miss­ing out on podi­ums and won­der­ing if the win was ever go­ing to come. To get the win is a huge boost.”

It is only Jarvis’s se­cond podium since step­ping up to a full-time ride, hav­ing pre­vi­ously fin­ished third both at Spa and Le Mans in 2013 as a part-time LMP1 driver. While he ac­cepted luck played a part in the Spa vic­tory given the prob­lems that held back the Porsche and the Toy­ota that each led be­fore hit­ting trou­ble, he feels it is payback for some of the bad luck the #8 Audi crew has ex­pe­ri­enced in re­cent times.

“Luck has been against us for a long time,” he said. “We have had races where we should have won on per­for­mance and while we cer­tainly weren’t the quick­est car – the Porsches and Toy­otas had a bit of a per­for­mance edge – we did ev­ery­thing you need to do to win a race.”

Jarvis now heads to June’s Le Mans 24 Hours among the pre-race favourites. But given how closely-matched the three man­u­fac­tur­ers were at Spa, he is ex­pect­ing re­li­a­bil­ity to be de­ci­sive even though he sus­pects Porsche might have the edge on pace.

“A lot of peo­ple have gone away from Spa with work to do,” said Jarvis. “It’s a long time since we’ve seen so many re­li­a­bil­ity is­sues. It’s go­ing to be a tough 24 Hours.

“Pace doesn’t mean any­thing un­less you can have a re­li­able car and keep it on the track.”

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