Bentley Motorsports has signed 33-year-old Oliver Jarvis to its factory race team. Jarvis is an accomplished driver who competed in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) recently with Audi. He joins Guy Smith and Steven Kane in the #7 Bentley Continental GT3.
Jarvis was born in Burwell, Cambridgeshire, and began racing karts at the age of 8. He has proven to be a steady hand in endurance racing and is a previous winner of the 2005 McLaren Autosport Young Driver of The Year Award. He spent nine years as an Audi works driver in LMP1 and DTM, with the last four driving an Audi LMP1 car for Audi Sport Team Joest.
The newly formed trio begins their season next month with Bentley Team M-Sport’s return to the Bathurst 12 Hours. This is the third year for the works team at the Australian classic, where they have been in contention for the win in each of their previous attempts. They will be joined this year by the #8 works car and a customer car from Heretic Motorsport. At the time this was published, there was no information available as to who will be driving for Heretic.
Speaking about Jarvis, Bentley’s Director of Motorsport Brian Gush said, “We’re delighted to welcome Oliver to the Bentley Motorsport team. He is a quick, confident and well-rounded driver who is easy to work with, which means he will fit-in well immediately. He has a wealth of experience in various machinery and I think he will bring a lot to the team, now and in the future. We’re looking forward to welcoming him at our season-opener in Australia.”
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