Jarvis moves to Bent­ley after Audi with­drawal

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British sportscar racer Oliver Jarvis will join this year’s Blanc­pain En­durance Se­ries after sign­ing a fac­tory con­tract with Bent­ley.

Jarvis, 33, was left without a drive for this year after Audi Sport pulled the plug on its FIA World En­durance and Le Mans LMP1 pro­gramme last sea­son. Jarvis had just en­joyed his best P1 cam­paign to date, fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the WEC points along­side Lu­cas di Grassi and Loic Du­val.

Jarvis will now join Bent­ley reg­u­lars Steven Kane and Guy Smith in an al­lBri­tish line-up aboard a Con­ti­nen­tal GT3 in Blanc­pain. Jarvis will also con­test the 24 Hours of Spa and Bathurst 12 Hours in Aus­tralia.

“Driv­ing for Bent­ley is some­thing spe­cial, and that’s not lost on me: I have to say that the 2003 Le Mans 24 Hour­swin­ning Speed 8 is one of my favourite rac­ing cars of all time,” said Jarvis.

“Once Audi pulled out I was try­ing to find a suit­able drive with another man­u­fac­turer, so I was de­lighted to reach a deal with Bent­ley.”

Bent­ley motorsport head Brian Gush added: “Olly’s cre­den­tials are clear and he sees the po­ten­tial of GT rac­ing. He wants to make it his fu­ture, so hope­fully this can be the start of some­thing long and fruit­ful.”

Jarvis last raced in GTS when he took part in the 2012 and 2013 FIA GT Se­ries with the WRT and Phoenix Audi teams re­spec­tively.

The sec­ond fac­tory M-sport car will be crewed by Vin­cent Abril, Andy Soucek and Maxime Soulet.

Jarvis will race in Blanc­pain GT

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