Audi's LMP1 exit: Jarvis could leave brand to stay in WEC in 2017

Oliver Jarvis is set to end his nine-year stint as a factory Audi driver to try to remain in the World Endurance Championship next season

Audi's LMP1 exit: Jarvis could leave brand to stay in WEC in 2017

Jarvis is currently third in the WEC points with team-mates Lucas di Grassi and Loic Duval, but this month's Bahrain finale will be the Audi's last in LMP1.

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The Briton has been part of Audi's full-time LMP1 roster for the last two seasons, and a factory driver since he entered DTM in 2008.

With his current deal expiring at the end of the season, Jarvis is reviewing his options for 2017, keen to stay in the WEC.

"It's hugely narrowed my options to stay racing with Audi next year, as there's not much now that can be offered to me," Jarvis said.

"There might be a GT racing deal somewhere, but DTM is full and there are cuts across the board.

"My contract is up, and it now comes down to sitting down and looking at my options and what suits me, but in truth I want to stay in the WEC.

"I have fought for so long to get to the top of the WEC, and I love the championship.

"It's home to the best drivers and cars out there, so naturally I want to stay racing here and at Le Mans.

"I've had nine amazing years at Audi, and I've felt privileged to be part of the family for every one.

"But if I have to look elsewhere to continue my career then I will."

Jarvis said last week's announcement "was a real shock", based more on the end-of-2016 exit than the departure itself.

"We were told formally about two hours before the press release went out," he said. "But we knew something wasn't right.

"The biggest shock was the immediacy of it ending this year, as all of the rumours suggested we had another season and the team were already well down the line with development of next year's car.

"Now that's all for nothing.

"Hopefully one door can shut and another can open for me as I feel I've proven myself at this level.

"Manufacturers come and go, and it's a matter of putting yourself in the right places to stay on the radar, and that's what I have to do again now."

The 32-year-old feels he was in for a big 2017 alongside di Grassi and Duval, and that Audi itself was well-placed.

"This year it feels like things have clicked for myself, Lucas and Loic," Jarvis added.

"We had a string of bad luck last year, but this season we got that breakthrough win at Spa-Francorchamps and we've been challenging in each round since.

"It's such a shame that we won't get that third year together when I feel we really could have gone for the Le Mans win and tried to dominate the championship."

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