Audi has confirmed that Britain’s very own Oliver Jarvis will be its official “factory” driver as he participates, for the fourth consecutive season, in the German Touring Car Masters (DTM). Born in Burwell, Cambridge, this 27-year-old racer will be part of the Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline and will be racing with the “current” Audi A4 DTM.
This will be the second consecutive year that Oliver will be driving for Audi. Oliver revealed that he is happy to be part of the Abt team for the second year. While the previous year’s result was not what the team expected, Oliver added though that he had built a strong relationship with Audi’s team and that it remains to be an environment that he is more than happy to work in.
As this is his fourth year to race in the DTM, Oliver further added, he is familiar with most of the tracks. However, a new track located in Austria was included for this year’s competition, he cautioned.
Still, Oliver continued, he will continue to enjoy the chance to run in a new track as learning about them is what he has been doing his entire career. Jarvis started with a single-seater racing car but prior to the start of the 2008 season shifted to the Audi A4 DTM touring car.
Currently he is having a wonderful career with the brand in the DTM. In just his second year with the Audi Sport Team Phoenix, Jarvis raced in 2009 inside a “used” A4. That year he managed to make it to the rostrum two times.
He then rounded off this season by being named as the best Audi driver for a car that was a year old. Aside from participating last year in the DTM, he also showed his driving skills using an Audi R8 LMS and racing on Nordschleife’s Nürburgring 24 Hours.
Jarvis was also part of Team Kolles and raced in the Le Mans 24 Hours driving an Audi R10 TDI sports-prototype. Oliver shared further that while last season, his first year with the Audi A4 was a bit tough, his goal continues to be same which is to win at races and be able to compete for championships.
It will be just as important this year, he continued, as he seeks a place in the podium. This 12-race series will start in May with part of the race being held at Brands Hatch and set to end by November in Shanghai, China.
With a new tyre manufacturer for this season, Jarvis revealed, everyone will have a level playing field. He remains to be optimistic that both he and the brand will continue to be competitive, said Jarvis. Jarvis has recently been part of the annual fitness training camp sponsored by Audi Sport and held in Ofterschwang, Germany.