Jarvis targets DTM podium finish at Brands Hatch
Oliver Jarvis heads to his one and only 'home' German Touring Car Masters (DTM) race of the year at Brands Hatch this weekend, aiming to kick-start what has been a frustrating season to date.
The Audi sport driver, who lies eighth in the championship standings with four rounds remaining, has set his sights on beating his best finish of sixth at the Kent circuit.
"My aim going to Brands is to fight for a podium," confirmed Jarvis. "Brands Hatch is one of my favourite tracks and of course having the added advantage of 'home' support always helps.
"Last year we were very quick and it would have been possible to score a podium but unfortunately I suffered damage at Turn 1 on the opening lap when I was hit by Ralf Schumacher which then hampered my race pace."
The 2011 season is a key season for the 27-year-old. After a strong debut year in the DTM with Audi in 2008 and an excellent follow-up season that included two podium results in a year-old car, Jarvis was unable to follow up these impressive results last season.
Recruited into Abt Sportsline's championship-winning team for 2010, a fourth place was his best result of the year, but Jarvis has already improved on that this year with a third place.
"The first six races have been a mixture of emotions," he said. "We simply lacked pace in the first two races and I was not comfortable with the balance of the car. Before the third race, we had a test and made a big step forward and since then, I have been consistently quick."
Jarvis is one of four British drivers in the DTM series alongside former F1 driver-turned-BBC-pundit, David Coulthard, Gary Paffett, Jamie Green and Susie Stoddart but he is the only Audi driver in that quartet in the face of Mercedes opposition. So, who will have the upper hand at Brands?
"One thing that I can guarantee is that Brands will be a tough fight between Audi and Mercedes," Jarvis said. "It has been extremely close between the two manufacturers this year and I expect Brands to be just as close, if not even closer due to the short nature of the track. It's definitely a weekend where thousandths of a second can make all of the difference."
The seventh round of the German Touring Car Championship (DTM) is staged on Sunday 4 September at Brands Hatch, Kent. Ticket information can be found from Motorsport Vision.