Audi name Jarvis for Le Mans

Englishman will be part of four-car assault

Last Updated: 02/02/12 6:58pm

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Oliver Jarvis: Will race at Le Mans for Audi this year

Oliver Jarvis: Will race at Le Mans for Audi this year

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Audi announced on Thursday that Oliver Jarvis will form part of their factory line-up for this year's Le Mans 24 Hours.

The 28-year-old Englishman, who has spent the last four seasons competing for Audi in the German DTM series, upgrades to one of the manufacturing giant's prototype sports cars for the famous endurance event.

Audi are set to run four cars - a first for them - in what will be the 80th running of Le Mans on June 16 and 17. They will field two with diesel power and two with hybrid drive, which is making its debut.

Jarvis will be behind the wheel of one of Audi's conventional cars, while Allan McNish has the chance to compete in the team's new hybrid car.

It will be McNish's 13th Le Mans, and his 10th with Audi, who have won on 10 occasions since they first raced in the event in 1999. The 42-year-old Scot has managed one victory.

McNish, who has finished on the podium a further five times, will be aiming to put last year's spectacular crash behind him in which he was lucky to escape uninjured.

Jarvis has competed in Le Mans on just one previous occasion two years ago, when he failed to finish in a customer Audi.

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