Current Mazda DPi driver Oliver Jarvis will join United Autosports for the second round of the 2019/20 FIA WEC season in Fuji, driving its #22 ORECA 07 Gibson.
This marks the WEC return for Jarvis, who was an Audi LMP1 driver in the past and won the LMP2 class at Le Mans in 2017 as part of a campaign with Jackie Chan DC Racing (most recently he drove for Risi at Le Mans back in June). The news also means Jarvis will be driving for a team run by Richard Dean for the first time in over 15 years. Back in 2003, he raced for Team JLR at the Formula Ford Festival in 2003.
In Japan Jarvis will join Phil Hanson and Filipe Albuquerque in the #22 ORECA, standing in for Paul Di Resta who can’t make the trip due to clashing DTM commitments.
“I am delighted to be racing with United Autosports in the Fuji WEC race and whilst it will be the first time for me at United, I feel like I already know the team having raced for Richard Dean at JLR in the 2003 Formula Ford Festival,” said Jarvis.
“It will be a pleasure to be reunited with Richard and of course Flower [Paul Haigh], after so many years. Having watched the team closely over the years and seeing the extremely professional job they have done and now with the move into the WEC with the ORECA chassis, I have no doubt they will be one of the favourites for the championship. I am really looking forward to teaming up with Phil and Filipe who I know extremely well, having been teammates with him at Audi.”
Richard Dean, team owner of United Autosports added: “I’ve known Oliver for a long time, having worked with him back in 2003 in the Formula Ford Festival. We have kept in touch and I’ve always wanted him back in one of our cars, especially at United. He’s had a great career over the last few years and has an impressive CV, so I’m hopeful of a good result at Fuji alongside Phil and Filipe.”
Before the trip to Japan will make its first start as a full-season FIA WEC team at the annual WEC-ELMS double-header at Silverstone at the end of the month.