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Audi names Oliver Jarvis as Le Mans veteran Tom Kristensen's replacment

Audi names Oliver Jarvis as Le Mans veteran Tom Kristensen's replacment image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Audi Press | posted December 23, 2014 08:19

'Big shoes to fill in' according to Jarvis

Besides announcing their upcoming R8 LMS successor and improved R18 e-tron quattros, Audi also declared that British racing driver Oliver Jarvis will replace retiring 24 Hours Le Mans veteran Tom Kristensen in the Audi Sport Team Joest seat for the entirety of the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).

“I’ve got some big shoes to fill in replacing Tom, a nine-time winner at Le Mans and last year’s world sportscar champion, but I look forward to rising to the challenge,” said Jarvis. He also added that it is an early Christmas present and also a fulfillment of a dream since he will be turning 31 years-old next January.

Oliver Jarvis driving the Audi R18 e-tron quattro

Jarvis first joined the Audi Motorsport team back in 2008 and first got to compete in the German Touring Car competition (DTM). He then made his Le Mans debut back in 2012 where he won two third-place wins during the 'Twice Around The Clock Marathon'. Today, Jarvis is part of Audi's 2015 WEC team.

“I joined Audi in 2008 and raced in DTM but it was always my dream to compete at Le Mans which I fulfilled in 2012. But to now contest the full WEC championship and fight for a world title is just amazing and something I strived to achieve,” added Jarvis.