It’s a stunning start for Oliver
PUBLISHED: 11:29 04 October 2007 | UPDATED: 12:52 04 May 2010
GREAT Britain began the A1GP season in winning form thanks to motor racing sensation Oliver Jarvis. The 23-year-old from Burwell guided the British team to a dominant victory in the feature race at Circuit Park Zandvoort, in the Netherlands, on Sunday. Fo
GREAT Britain began the A1GP season in winning form thanks to motor racing sensation Oliver Jarvis.
The 23-year-old from Burwell guided the British team to a dominant victory in the feature race at Circuit Park Zandvoort, in the Netherlands, on Sunday.
Following a strong drive in the 12-lap sprint race in which he finished seventh, Jarvis produced a stunning drive in the second race of the day.
Having qualified third on the grid, Jarvis overtook Team Germany's Christian Vietoris and, thanks to a superbly-timed pit stop, overhauled the lead of South Africa's Adrian Zaugg.
Jarvis went on to extend his lead over the field and cross the line five seconds ahead of the South African.
Jarvis said: "That's the start to the A1GP year I was anticipating before we came here.
"It was a fantastic race, very tough both physically and mentally.
"After the start it was a case of pressurising Germany, who I knew were a lot slower than us, and I managed to pull off an overtaking move down the inside - that really made the race for me.
"The team made all the right pit stop calls.
"We pitted as soon as the first pit stop window opened and pushed hard to close the gap to try and jump South Africa which we achieved.
"I got my head down as it was then a case of controlling the race and making sure I didn't make any mistakes.
"It's a special win for me with my whole family here but for the team it's a great start to the season."
Great Britain's team principal Katie Clements said: "It is a fantastic result for the team and a great start to our championship challenge.
"The feature race saw plenty of action and our race pace and pit-work were first class.