When the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) gets underway in April; Lucas di Grassi, Loic Duval and Oliver Jarvis will do so as established drivers but crucially as a team for the first time.
Jarvis, who hails from Burwell near Cambridge, has been driving for Audi since 2008 while Loic Duval and Lucas di Grassi joined the manufacturer in 2012.
Since Audi’s old team of Allan McNish, Tom Kristensen and Dindo Capello have retired from careers as race drivers there was an opportunity to freshen up the line-up.
“This gave us the opportunity to combine the three younger talents into a new driver squad,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich.
Duval and di Grassi raced together last year while Oliver Jarvis, who previously occupied the third cockpit in WEC races at Spa and at Le Mans, is now contesting all eight WEC rounds as a regular driver for the first time.
“This has always been my big aim. It’s a huge opportunity that I’m determined to make optimum use of together with Lucas and Loïc” says the delighted 31-year-old Briton from Burwell, who had formerly been active for Audi in the DTM for four years and sealed his first sports car victory in the Sebring 12 Hours in 2013.
Lucas di Grassi has strong ambitions to be the first Brazilian to win the Le Mans 24 Hours. Whilst Duval would preferably give himself a gift two days after his 33rd birthday.
After his first victory at La Sarthe in 2013 alongside Kristensen and McNish, Duval is now aiming to take his next trophy in the classic 24-hour race – the Frenchmen still currently holds the lap record at the course which he set back in 2010.
Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, concluded, “In these three drivers we’ve got a strong squad on the grid that is set on competing with our three-time Le Mans winners Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer.”
Adding, “Our driver line-up for 2015 is balanced, experienced and strong. I can fully rely on them. They’re an important element in the WEC battle with the other three manufacturers.”