Newly-promoted works Audi World Endurance Championship racer Oliver Jarvis says speeds in this year’s series will take “a huge step forward”.
Speaking at the series launch in London this week, Jarvis – who replaces Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen alongside Lucas di Grassi and Loic Duval at Audi this season – believes each of the LMP1 class’s grandee marques have taken huge strides.
“We’ve worked very hard over the winter and (at Audi) stepped up from the 2 megajoule class to 4MJ, and our aerodynamics have undergone a huge change,” he said.
“Everyone has done an incredible job to find 3-4 seconds in the test over last year at Paul Ricard – that’s a huge step forward.
"If you’d have asked any driver at the end of last year to predict how much time we'd find, they wouldn’t have said that much.
“Full credit to all the engineering staff at Audi Sport, Toyota and Porsche. It’s looking like a fascinating year.
“We came away from the Ricard test a little none the wiser about where everyone will be at Silverstone, other than it’s going to be very competitive.”