Jarvis completes a trio of Le Mans 24 podiums

PODIUM PLACE: Oliver Jarvis finished third at Le Mans 24 Hour
PODIUM PLACE: Oliver Jarvis finished third at Le Mans 24 Hour
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Oliver Jarvis finished on the podium for the third time in his career during an eventful Le Mans 24 Hour race at the weekend.

The Burwell driver headed into the famous event with two previous third-placed finishes and one fourth to his name.

Speaking to the Journal last week, the 32-year-old admitted that he was on the hunt for a victory that would ultimately define his racing career.

Yet, along with Audi #8 team-mates Loic Duval and Lucas di Grassi, Jarvis was forced to settle for third spot again, although the trio were fortunate to finish that high in front of a crowd that exceeded 260,000.

After the race had got under way behind the safety car in wet conditions, it was the Toyota TS050 Hybrid that seemed destined to triumph.

The team, comprising of Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima, appeared to be cruising to victory, only for disaster to strike with just three minutes remaining.

With Nakajima behind the wheel, the car lost power on the penultimate lap, which allowed the #2 Porsche of Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb to win through at the death.

It subsequently moved the Toyota Gazoo TS040 Hybrid into second place, with Jarvis and his team shifting up to third position.

In total, the trio completed 372 laps of the track, which was 12 less than the eventual race winners.

This Sunday, the World Endurance Championships heads to Germany for the Six Hours of Nurburgring.

Twelve months ago, Jarvis finished fourth at the same event.

n Red Lodge’s Rob Huff is also set to be in action this weekend in the FIA World Touring Car Championship’s meeting at the Circuito Internacional de Vila Real in Portugal.

Last year with the Lada Sport Rosneft team, the 36-year-old struggled to make too much of an impact on proceedings, finishing 10th in race one and ninth in the second race.

However, Huff has enjoyed some of his previous trips to Portugal, having finished first in the Chevrolet car five years ago.

On top of that, he has stood on top of the podium on five separate occasions in the western European country.

Huff goes into the event on the back of his outing at Russia’s Moscow Raceway earlier this month, when he was able to record fourth and seventh-placed finishes over the course of the two-race weekend.

The 2012 champion had previously been as high as third in the drivers’ standings, but he has since slipped down to eighth position with 103 points to his name after six events.