Jarvis receives early present after being given top Audi seat

Oliver Jarvis ANL-141223-093251002
Oliver Jarvis ANL-141223-093251002
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Oliver Jarvis is of the opinion that he will never get a better chance to win the Le Mans 24 Hours race after being given a seat in the Audi factory team.

On Wednesday it was announced by the German manufacturer that the Newmarket-based driver would be taking the seat of the recently retired endurance racing legend Tom Kristensen.

The move will see the 30-year-old contest the full 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), which starts for Jarvis on home soil in the six hours of Silverstone in April, and includes the world-famous twice-round-the-clock contest in France, in an Audi R18 e-tron quattro.

“It is a great privilege and honour to get this seat at Audi as outside Formula One this is a good as it gets,” said Jarvis, who will be partnered by Loic Duval and Lucas di Grassi in 2015.

“In the WEC our competitors look stronger on the shorter circuits and Audi will be playing catch up but they will work hard as possible to achieve that and we will take the fight to the other teams.

“As for Le Mans it was unfortunate that I did not get to find out how I would have got on this year but I am never going to be in a better position to win it than the one I am in now.”

While delighted with his early Christmas present Jarvis, who recently became a father for the first time, feels that it will be a tall order to better the achievements of nine-times Le Mans 24 hour winner Kristensen.

“Tom’s shoes are so big to fill it is going to be almost impossible to do what he has done as he was one of the best sports car drivers in the world. It is maybe that no one ever betters what he does,” said Jarvis.

“I am starting with a clean sheet of paper and it will be a case of gelling with my team mates and focusing on what we achieve as a team and not what Tom did.

“I want to grab this opportunity with both hands as I have worked hard to get this far. I know pressure will come with it but I want to keep the seat for years to come.”