Audi’s Oliver Jarvis is anticipating a close fight with Toyota and Porsche at the 6 Hours of Spa and the 24 Hours of Le Mans as the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship prepares for two of its biggest annual events.
Jarvis is embarking on his first full year in the WEC in 2015 after being promoted from the third Audi car – used for just two races per season – into Tom Kristensen’s full-time seat after the Dane’s retirement.
After finishing fifth in the 6 Hours of Silverstone in the no. 8 Audi, Jarvis has been testing at Paul Ricard in France to prepare for the two upcoming races at Spa and Le Mans.
“It was a useful few days running and we evaluated lots of aero data and also endurance tested many parts,” Jarvis told the series’ website.
“It is going to be an incredibly tight battle for both the WEC title and Le Mans this year, and as always Audi Sport Team Joest is leaving no stone unturned.”
“Spa is a track that is often compared to Le Mans in some aspects but, actually, it is completely unique. The 2015 LMP1 cars are going to be fantastic around Spa next weekend.
“I actually believe that sportscar racing in the WEC is now better than it has ever been, probably even going back to golden days of Group C.
“The level is incredibly high and it is an absolute pleasure to be racing with Audi against some very tough and experienced competitors.”
Jarvis admitted that he was disappointed to not compete with the race-winning no. 7 Audi at Silverstone after a long pit stop, but felt that the pace displayed in the second half of the race proves that both of the German marque’s cars can fight for the win at Spa and Le Mans.
“It was still a very good opportunity for me and the team to learn more about the package,” he said. “I actually completed the fastest average stint of the whole race and we learnt a great deal about the potential of the car.
“We all came away disappointed not to be able to challenge the no. 7 car, but at the same time it was great to show we can match their pace.”
The 6 Hours of Spa takes place on May 2, with the 24 Hours of Le Mans being held at the Circuit de la Sarthe on June 13-14.