Oliver Jarvis will make his first LMP1 appearance in almost three years as a late addition to Team LNT’s lineup for for this weekend’s FIA World Endurance Championship season-opener.
Jarvis has been called up to fill in for Chris Dyson, who was due to share the No. 6 Ginetta G60-LT-P1 AER at Silverstone with Mike Simpson and 2003 Le Mans winner Guy Smith.
Dyson picked up a wrist injury in a crash during last weekend’s Trans-Am round at Road America, which has forced him to miss the four-hour race.
“I had a pretty big hit after losing the brakes and whilst the injury isn’t too bad it simply would not be sensible to put myself into an LMP1 car where I have to do some very heavy lifting,” explained Dyson.
“I’m upset to be missing the season opener but looking forward to joining the team in Japan for round two.”
Jarvis last raced an LMP1 car when he was a part of Audi Sport Team Joest’s 6 Hours of Bahrain-winning driver lineup in 2016, which was the German manufacturer’s final race in the top prototype class.
After Audi’s LMP1 exit, the Englishman moved to the LMP2 category where he finished second in the 2017 standings with Jackie Chan DC Racing, before refocusing his career in North America.
Jarvis currently drives for Mazda Team Joest in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and is also a member of the KCMG Nissan squad’s Intercontinental GT Challenge powered by Pirelli program.
“I was surprised to get the call from Lawrence [Tomlinson, Ginetta chairman] this morning, and whilst it’s never good to have to step in under such circumstances I am really looking forward to being behind the wheel of an LMP1 car,” he said.
“To be doing so on home ground with an all-British line-up and an all-British car is the icing on the cake. I look forward to doing what I can to give Ginetta a good result.”
Jarvis is now set to make at least two WEC appearances this season, having already been confirmed to sub for Paul di Resta in the United Autosports Oreca 07 Gibson at Fuji.