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Jarvis, Brundle Confirmed at DC Racing

Oliver Jarvis, Alex Brundle lead Jackie Chan DC Racing lineup…

Photos: Audi/VSA

Photos: Audi/VSA

Jackie Chan DC Racing has confirmed the remainder of the driver lineup for its two-car LMP2 effort in the FIA World Endurance Championship, with ex-Audi LMP1 factory ace Oliver Jarvis and Alex Brundle among the drivers.

Jarvis, a newly minted Bentley GT3 driver, will join Ho-Pin Tung and Silver-rated Thomas Laurent in the No. 38 Oreca 07 Gibson, with Brundle alongside Tristan Gommendy and team owner/driver David Cheng in the No. 37 entry.

The 33-year-old Englishman becomes only the second Audi LMP1 refugee to have landed a full-time seat in the WEC for this year.

“I’m so pleased to be able to join such a strong team as Jackie Chan DC Racing,” Jarvis said. “It will be nice to return to my WEC family and challenge for wins with Ho-Pin and Thomas.”

Previously, Cheng and Tung had been the only confirmed drivers in the Jota Sport-run operation, which steps up to a two-car effort under DC’s backing.

While Jarvis is set for his LMP2 debut, Brundle is no stranger to the class or the team, having driven for the Jota-run G-Drive outfit last year in the WEC, scoring wins in the final three races of the season.

“After a hat trick of wins to conclude last season my objective this winter was to return for a full WEC campaign to build on that success,” Brundle said.

“To be able to do that with a hugely professional and dedicated group that I know well is fantastic.”

Gommendy, meanwhile, moves over from Eurasia Motorsport, which contested the European Le Mans Series, with 18-year-old Laurent stepping up to full-time LMP2 competition after a season in LMP3 with Yvan Muller Racing.

The Frenchman made his LMP2 debut in the 2016/17 Asian Le Mans Series, also with DC Racing.

While having made its WEC debut with a single-car effort under the operation of Signatech-Alpine last year, the Chinese squad has set higher expectations for the upcoming season.

“Coming off a years’ worth of experience in the FIA WEC last season, we are really happy to be back this year with two full season cars,” Cheng said.

“I have to thank our co-founder Jackie Chan, Sparkle Roll group and all of our partners for putting their trust and full force behind us. This really enabled us to put together not only such a strong line up, but one with great chemistry between the drivers.

“Together, boosted with experience of our new partnership I’m confident our Jackie Chan DC Racing X Jota Sport team will be challenging up front at Le Mans and all year for the title.”

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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