Oliver Jarvis primed for the Rolex 24 At Daytona
Oliver Jarvis will line-up on the front row of the grid for this weekend’s IMSA SportsCar 59th Rolex 24 At Daytona.
The Burwell-based driver is partnering Harry Tincknell in the Mazda Motorsports this year in the IMSA Weathertech SportsCar Championship, with the two British drivers having been in opposing Mazda cars last season.
In the Roar Before The Rolex 24 event, which determines the starting order for next weekend, Jarvis had qualified in first place but was immediately put under pressure by Kevin Magnussen and Tristan Vautier.
Magnussen had the lead and, at the first restart, Vautier went round Jarvis at turn one to take second place, and the Brit lost momentum to fall to seventh.
A shunt brought out the yellow flag, and all cars pitted for slicks, apart from leader Magnussen.
With Tincknell at the wheel of the Mazda, they got back up into fourth place. The Action Express Cadillac of Felipe Nasr took the lead with 50 minutes remaining.
On the final pitstop sequence, with 34 minutes to go, Nasr handed over to Pipo Derani, while the Mazda jumped up to second.
Nasr and Derani, who had been relegated to a sixth-place starting position after qualifying for a failed technical inspection for being underweight, won in 1hr 41min 6.688sec, with Jarvis and Ticknell 3.664sec behind in second.
Derani said: “We used this as just a normal race.
“For us, it’s really important to try everything we can so we can get here next week understanding all our needs for a good race.
“A race win is a race win, whether it’s 35 points or 350 points. That’s how we go racing. We always try our best.”