February 10 2012
Oliver Jarvis Joins McNish for Audi's 2012 Le Mans Bid
Oliver Jarvis, one of British motorsport’s top young stars and former RMA Track Day instructor, has been confirmed as part of the Audi Sport team for the 80th staging of the Le Mans 24 Hours Race, the Cambridge 28-year-old set to make only his second ever appearance in the endurance classic – and first ever as a ‘works’ driver.
Audi, continuing its partnership with Michelin, has nominated Jarvis for one of its four LMP1 prototype cars with Scotland’s two-time Le Mans winner McNish and German pairing André Lotterer – the 2011 victor – and Timo Bernhard also named part of the Audi Sport attack.
For Michelin, this year’s race will see the tyre manufacturer bidding for its 15th straight Le Mans victory having enjoyed a memorable success with the Audi Sport Team Joest trio of Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler in 2011.
Jarvis, who has most recently been competing with Audi in the DTM ‘Deutsche Touring Masters’ touring car championship, previously raced at Le Mans in a customer Audi R10 TDi in 2008. Prior to establishing a career in sportscars, Jarvis was a force in single-seaters – winning the Formula Renault UK title in 2005 and following up with the massively prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Award.
Going on to win races in British Formula 3, A1GP and then testing a McLaren-Mercedes Formula One car as part of his prize for winning the McLaren Autosport award, Jarvis debuted in the DTM in 2008.
The 80th Le Mans 24 Hours Race will take place on 16/17 June.