Motor Sport News - - Interview: Oliver Jarvis -


Hav­ing started his rac­ing ca­reer in mo­tocross, Jarvis pro­gressed through kart­ing with the works Tony kart team be­fore mov­ing to cars in For­mula Ford at the age of 18. Af­ter two years he moved into For­mula Re­nault UK, where he won his first cham­pi­onship ti­tle in 2005 run­ning with Manor ( right).


Jarvis grad­u­ated into Bri­tish F3 for 2006, and fin­ished sec­ond in the cham­pi­onship to Mike Con­way. In 2007 he won the pres­ti­gious Ma­cau GP.


Jarvis was called up to drive for Team GB in the A1GP se­ries and took the coun­try’s first race vic­tory by tri­umph­ing in Mex­ico dur­ing the 2006-’07 season. He won again at Zand­voort in the Nether­lands the fol­low­ing season. Jarvis also made spo­radic ap­pear­ances in Ja­panese F3 and Su­per GT through­out 2007.


Jarvis joined Audi in 2008 for a DTM pro­gramme, han­dling an A4 with Team Phoenix. He fin­ished 13th in his first season. His break­through podium came in the 2009 season-opener at Hock­en­heim with a third­place fin­ish. He also fin­ished sec­ond at Zand­voort on his way to ninth in the cham­pi­onship points.


Af­ter four years in the DTM, which sadly failed to yield a race vic­tory, Jarvis moved to Audi Sport’s LMP1 team. He made his Le Mans debut in 2010 at the wheel of a Kolles-run R10 TDI, but failed to fin­ish. His first shot with the full works team came in 2012 where he fin­ished third along­side Marco Bo­nanomi and Mike Rock­en­feller aboard an R18 ul­tra ( above). Jarvis would record two more Le Mans podi­ums with Audi [2013, and 2016]. Jarvis also joined Team WRT for his only season so far in GT3 rac­ing, tack­ling the 2012 FIA GT1 World Cham­pi­onship in an R8 GT3.


Jarvis en­joyed his strong­est season of pro­to­type rac­ing by fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the FIA World En­durance Cham­pi­onship along­side Loic Du­val and Lu­cas di Grassi. The trio took a break­through win at Spa and capped the year with vic­tory in the Bahrain fi­nale. Audi with­drew from sportscar rac­ing at the end of the year.

Photos: Bent­ley Mo­tor­sport, LAT, Jakob Ebrey

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