Burwell’s Oliver Jarvis is Britain’s highest-placed driver in World Endurance Championship
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Burwell’s Oliver Jarvis has finished the highest-placed British driver in this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship (LM P1).
Jarvis finished fourth in the final LM P1 category standings of the eight-race series that came to a close in Bahrain on Saturday November 21.
Jarvis recorded eight top-seven finishes, including one podium, in his first full WEC season at the wheel of a diesel-hybrid Audi R18 e-tron quattro with co-drivers Lucas di Grassi and Loïc Duval competing for Audi Sport Team Joest.
Oliver finished sixth in last weekend’s race after his Audi had led the early stages of the race but lost valuable time due to a brake disc defect.
“The Bahrain result pretty much summed up our season in that we had the pace again to challenge for a podium, and possibly a victory, only for a small issue to cost us any chance of success,” said Jarvis.
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“We were very fast and led the opening stages but luck wasn’t on our side once again.”
Oliver, who has been a “factory” Audi Sport driver since 2008, realised his dream this year of a “full time” WEC “seat” when nine-time Le Mans 24 Hour race winner Tom Kristensen retired. Jarvis contested his first sportscar race in an Audi R10 TDI for a privateer team in 2009 while a year later, made his Le Mans debut, collecting the “Rookie of the Year” Trophy for the best newcomer.
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Jarvis, who claimed a class win in the 2013 Daytona 24 Hours in an Audi R8, finished fourth at Le Mans this year having achieved third place finishes in 2012 and 2013.