Jarvis denied podium place in opening weekend

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Oliver Jarvis endured a frustrating opening weekend in the new FIA World Endurance Championship race as he was denied a possible podium place.

The Newmarket-based driver was aiming to impress on his home track at Silverstone after being handed a seat by the Audi Factory team.

But while it proved a memorable weekend for the factory as team mates Mercel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer clinched a first place finish, Jarvis and team mates Lucas di Grassi and Loic Duval in the sister car had to settle for fifth after two unscheduled pit stops in their Audi R18 e-tron quattro during the six hour race, halted and otherwise promising outing.

n Another Newmarket-based ace will be aiming to bounce back from a disappointing opening weekend as Rob Huff returns to action in round two of the World Touring Car Championship in Marrakesh’s Circuit Moulay El Hassan on Saturday.

Following two DNFs (did not finish) in round one in Argentina, Huff will be aiming to make amends in the LADA SPORT ROSNEFT Vesta TC1 at one of his most successful hunting grounds, having recorded five podium finishes in previous years.

n Elsewhere, Michael Caine will be out to improve on a difficult first weekend in the Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup as round two takes place at Donnington Park on Saturday.

Having only been able to muster two sixth-place finishes and one seventh during the first round, the 45-year-old will be aiming to live up to expectations in his highly fancied Amigos Tequila Beer Ginetta G55.