Bathurst 12 Hour most 'brutal' race Bentley's Jarvis has been in

Oliver Jarvis says he's never seen a race as "brutal" as Sunday's Bathurst 12 Hour, after finishing on the podium on debut for Bentley

Bathurst 12 Hour most 'brutal' race Bentley's Jarvis has been in

Jarvis has joined the British manufacturer as a factory GT driver following Audi's LMP1 exit, with the Mount Panorama endurance race his first outing.

The M-Sport Continental GT3 Jarvis shared with Steven Kane and Guy Smith endured a difficult build-up and started in 23rd place.

However, the trio kept out of trouble - particularly as the early stages claimed a number of high-profile contenders - and picked their way up to finish third, nabbing the final podium position after Shane van Gisbergen's late crash.

"This is an incredible place and I don't think I have ever been in a race as brutal as that," Jarvis said.

"I have been involved in a lot of endurance racing but I have never seen so much carnage within the first three or four hours of a race, and some of the top drivers sticking it into the wall.

"We had a game plan simply to stay on the lead lap.

"We didn't have a great run up to the race with a lot of issues with the brand new car but the team did a fantastic job.

"It didn't stay issue-free throughout the race, but coming out third is a great result and a credit to my team-mates."

Smith believes the unlikely podium was something all three drivers should be proud of, despite not being able to challenge the Maranello Ferrari for the win.

"We had a couple of issues throughout the race and basically were just trying to stay on the lead lap," he said.

"Ultimately we didn't have the pace. [But] if you had told us after qualifying 24th that we would be on the podium we would have taken it all day long.

"We are very happy; the team did a fantastic job and congrats to all the guys here for a great race."

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