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Jarvis' win leaves him wanting more

PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 19 November, 2007, 12:00am

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Like the Oliver of Charles Dickens, Oliver Jarvis has returned to the table asking for more. And the Briton hogged all the glory as he won the showpiece 25th anniversary Macau Formula Three Grand Prix in comfortable fashion yesterday.

Jarvis and his Team Reckless Tom's dominated the Guia circuit all weekend. He won pole position on Friday, the first race on Saturday and then the finale yesterday.

'It has been a fantastic weekend for me and my team. A pole and two wins, you couldn't have asked for more,' said the 23-year-old who won the 15-lap race in 38 minutes, 29.452 seconds. He was making his second appearance in Macau. But he did ask for more afterwards, saying: 'Obviously my aim is to one day drive in Formula One. I hope this win will help me get a test drive with one of the teams.'

He hopes to follow in the slipstream of other famous drivers who arrived in Macau as young guns full of bravado before going on to make their fame and fortune.

Twenty five years after Ayrton Senna won the inaugural Macau F3 Grand Prix, Jarvis took the same path with a steady drive. He was rarely challenged. Japanese pair Koudai Tsukakoshi and Kazuya Oshima tried desperately but could not make a dent on his lead.

Tsukakoshi finished second, almost two seconds behind, while Oshima had to settle for third.

'My aim was to put my foot down and get away,' said Jarvis. His only moment of concern was when the safety car came in midway through the race after one of the stragglers had crashed and partially blocked the track.

'A few choice words came to me. I won't say what they were. But I remained cool. This is Macau and we all know that this race very rarely ends without the safety car coming on. I knew the re-start would be crucial and luckily I got away comfortably and maintained my lead.

'This is the biggest win of my career and I hope it will help open some doors. I really don't know what I will do next year. Budgets are a problem but I hope I can approach some teams with this title under my belt,' said Jarvis.

Jarvis arrived in Macau very much away from the spotlight. That was firmly on the illustrious name of Senna - Bruno Senna, the nephew of the late three-time F1 world champion Ayrton.

But Senna's hopes of an emotional victory 25 years after his uncle's feat was dashed on Saturday when he crashed out at 250km/h. His car was declared 'dead' by his team.

All eyes were also on Estonian Marko Asmer, the reigning British F3 champion. But Asmer could only manage to finish in fourth place yesterday.

'It is great to beat such a competitive field. There were champions from all over Europe for this prestigious event. Everyone wants to win Macau and I'm glad I did it,' Jarvis said.

He added, almost wistfully: 'Now my dream would be to secure a test drive in F1.'