JARVIS CLAIMS FIRST WEC WIN
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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