Oliver Jarvis fulfils a dream in 2015: he has been promoted to Audi’s regular team in the sportscar squad and now plays in the premier league. As a result, the Briton fights for a world championship title for the first time in his LMP career.
The 31-year old professional racer faces a crucial season. Oliver Jarvis has the opportunity to prove his qualities in the FIA World Endurance Championship WEC. However, it’s all too easy to overlook just what he has already achieved in a sportscar. A year after starting his DTM career at Audi, he contested his first sportscar race at the wheel of an Audi R10 TDI for a private team in 2009. A year later, he started the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the first time. After qualifying, he was awarded the ‘Rookie of the Year’ trophy for the best newcomer.
When Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich gave him the chance to contest the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the factory for the first time, Jarvis and his team mates showed their thanks with third place. A year later, he was on the podium after the race again. In 2013, the Briton from Burwell near Cambridge demonstrated his endurance racing qualities in two North American classics: he won the GT class in the 24 Hours Daytona in an Audi R8 LMS; two months later, he celebrated overall victory in the 12-hour race at Sebring in the Audi R18 e-tron quattro.
“I really like the approach to endurance racing,” says the Englishman. “Stamina, deliberation and tactical nous, but also to drive on the limit lap after lap and to fight wheel to wheel as if it’s a sprint race – these are the exciting challenges.” The ever friendly and cooperative Briton’s training program is just as varied as his profession. Crossfit is the magic word for a variety of exercises that combine weights and cardio training.
Oliver Jarvis fills an entirely new role in his private life. At the end of 2014, his longtime partner Chelsea gave birth to a daughter Silva Olivia. “It’s a wonderful experience, which completes my life,” said the young family father.
Date of birth: January 9, 1984
Place of birth: Burwell (GB)
Place of residence: Burwell (GB)
Status: married, one daughter
Height/weight: 1.80 m/70 kg
Le Mans starts: 4
1997 1st in Kart Nations Race – English Team, 1st in TV Masters, British Junior Karting Championship Formula JICA, McLaren Mercedes Champions of the Future (JICA)
1999 1st in British Junior Karting Championship Formula JICA, 1st in Ayrton Senna Memorial Cup Suzuka
2002 UK Formula Ford Winter Championship, UK Formula Ford Championship
2003 Formula Renault UK Winter Championship, UK Formula Ford Championship, Formula Ford Festival
2004 Formula Renault UK Championship, Formula Renault UK Winter Championship
2005 1st in Formula Renault UK Championship, McLaren Autosport BRDC Award Winner
2006 2nd in British Formula 3 (1st in Rookies Classification), A1GP World Cup of Motorsport for A1 Team Great Britain
2007 1st in Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix, 3rd in Japanese Formula 3 Championship, A1GP World Cup of Motorsport for A1 Team Great Britain
2008 13th in DTM (Audi A4 DTM)
2009 9th in DTM (Audi A4 DTM), 3rd in Round 1 Asian Le Mans Series (Audi R10 TDI)
2010 9th in DTM (Audi A4 DTM), Le Mans 24 Hours (Audi R10 TDI)
2011 10th in DTM (Audi A4 DTM)
2012 3rd in Le Mans 24 Hours (Audi R18 ultra), FIA GT1 World Championship (Audi R8 LMS ultra)
2013 1st in Sebring 12 Hours, 3rd in Spa 6 Hours, 3rd in Le Mans 24 Hours (each time in Audi R18 e-tron quattro), 1st in GT class Daytona 24 Hours (Audi R8 GRAND-AM), 4th in Spa 24 Hours (Audi R8 LMS ultra)
2014 Le Mans 24 Hours (Audi R18 e-tron quattro), Super GT
2015 FIA World Endurance Championship WEC (Audi R18 e-tron quattro), 4th in Le Mans 24 Hours (Audi R18 e-tron quattro)