Oliver Jarvis

RACING IN: Asian LMS /WEC

Biography

Oliver Jarvis is a British race car driver, best known for racing with Audi and Mazda, and now contesting the 2023 FIA World Endurance Championship with United Autosports. 

Key Stats

Nationality

British

Hometown

Burwell

DOB

9th January

Favourite circuit
Watkins Glen
Racing career

Oliver Jarvis was karting from age eight, inspired by his dad and Formula Ford 1600 racing driver Carl Jarvis. Before too long, Olly was making a name for himself at events around the world.

When he turned 18, Jarvis started contesting British single seater championships including Formula Ford and Formula Renault. 

In 2005, he was Formula Renault UK champion. In the same year, 21-year-old Jarvis was given the prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Award which seeks to recognise young UK drivers. Other winners include David Coulthard, Jenson Button, George Russell and Lando Norris. 

Over the following years, Oliver Jarvis raced in a wide range of championships, contesting the British F3 Series, German Touring Cars (DTM), Super GT and more.

In 2013, he signed with Audi Sport, a team he would race with for four consecutive seasons in the FIA World Endurance Championship. In 2017, Jarvis signed with Jackie Chan DC Racing, going on to win the LMP2 class of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and clinching second place on the overall podium. 

The next factory partnership came when Jarvis signed with Mazda for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (2018-2021). He went on to win the 2022 IMSA DPi Championship and in 2023 is looking to defend his title.

Olly is also racing in the 2023 Asian Le Mans Series with United Autosports and the 2023 FIA World Endurance Championship, having secured third place in the championship last year. 

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Oliver is one of the best endurance racers out there.

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Career Highlights

//  Won the Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix and Japanese Formula 3 Championship in the same year (2007)

//  Won the 2022 IMSA DPi Championship

//  Claimed 1st in class and 2nd overall with Jackie Chan DC Racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2017

Radio check: Oliver Jarvis in the garage at WEC Fuji 2019 with teammate Filipe Albuquerque

24 hours of le mans

Oliver Jarvis is part of an exclusive club when it comes to the historic Le Mans 24 Hours race, with 11 participations and eight podiums to his name. 

His greatest success came in 2017 with Jackie Chan DC Racing. The team won their LMP2 class and also claimed 2nd place on the overall podium, outperforming all but one of the LMP1 class manufacturer team entries. 

In 2010, Jarvis was crowned Le Mans 24 Hours’ fastest rookie. More than a decade later, in 2022 when racing with United Autosports, Jarvis was recognised as the most prolific overtaker in the LMP2 class, racking up 361 passes on the Circuit de La Sarthe. Read the race report.

“ White

Le Mans is always a highlight of the season.

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FIA World Endurance Championship 2022

In 2022, Oliver Jarvis pursued the FIA World Endurance Championship title with United Autosports - claiming third place in the LMP2 championship with Alex Lynn and youngest ever Le Mans 24 Hours driver Josh Pierson. The #23 car crew won the opening round at the 1000 Miles of Sebring (read the race report) and celebrated on the podium once again at the season finale in Bahrain (read the race report). In 2023, Olly is contesting the WEC title once again with Josh Pierson and Tom Blomqvist.  

Sebring celebrations: Jarvis, Di Resta and Pierson on the podium, celebrating victory at the 1,000 Miles of Sebring 2022

personal life

When he’s not trackside, Olly enjoys family time with his wife Chelsea, daughters Silva and Mila, and Rosie the dog. Sport is his big passion, of course, so if he’s not with the family he can usually be found on the golf course, tennis court or kitesurfing out on the water.