Jarvis signs up for Super GT season

Jarvis signs up for Super GT season

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Jarvis signs up for Super GT season

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Oliver Jarvis will dovetail his Audi program with a Super GT campaign with Toyota’s Lexus brand.

The Briton, who will be confirmed with Audi for the Spa and Le Mans 24 Hours World Endurance Championship rounds imminently, will drive a Lexus RC F for the SARD team in the Japanese-based series.

“Audi has been fantastic about this and the precedent has been set with Andre [Lotterer] and Loic [Duval] continuing to race in Japan,” said Jarvis, who will share the car with Hiroaki Ishiura. “They only see it as a benefit if their drivers are busy competing in a professional and challenging environment.”

Jarvis, who raced in Japanese Formula 3 in 2007, explained that he had had contact with Super GT teams in the past, but he felt that the time was now right time to sign up for a program in Japan.

“With new cars in Japan and the program that I will have with Audi, it made sense to do it now, because if I didn’t it would probably never happen,” he said.

It is expected that Jarvis will test the new Lexus, which is powered by a four-cylinder direct-injection turbocharged engine, three times before the opening round of the series at Okayama on April 6.

Jarvis, who replaces Juichi Wakisaka at SARD, is the only newcomer in the five-car Super GT lineup. Fellow Briton James Rossiter will continue at the TOM’S team with Toyota WEC driver Kazuki Nakajima as teammate. Reigning champions Yuji Tachikawa and Kohei Hirate will remain with the Cerumo team for the title defense.

Jarvis, who race an Audi R8 LMS in the United SportsCar Championship opener at Daytona last weekend, said the he expected to race one of the GT3 cars again this year.

“There are possibilities for me to do some more enduros, but Sebring and Petit Le Mans [rounds of the TUDOR Championship] both clash with Super GT races,” he explained.

Jarvis “won” on his only previous Super GT outing in the Suzuka 1000Km in 2007. The Briton took part in practice and qualifying, but was essentially a reserve driver and didn’t get behind the wheel of the winning Lexus SC430 shared by Andre Lotterer and Juichi Wakisaka during the race.

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