RACING driver and Old Elean, Oliver Jarvis made a pit-stop at King’s Ely this week to talk to pupils at his former school about his exciting career as a factory driver for Audi.

Oliver (28), who was a pupil at both King’s Ely Junior and Senior until 2000, recently secured a podium finish at Le Mans 24 and currently competes in the FIA GT1 World Championship.

After talking about his career in the fast lane, Oliver was given a tour of the whole school, and it wasn’t long before he was picking up his fountain pen once again to sign autographs for his newfound fans. He also returned to the Monastic Barn to join pupils and staff for lunch, only this time, he didn’t have to queue.

Oliver said: “The school has changed so much over the last 12 years, with the development of so many new buildings and facilities, but I am pleased to say that the spirit of King’s is as strong as ever.”

As well as advising pupils on the dedication and commitment needed to make it to the top, Oliver also has a degree in Business Studies and stressed the importance of a good education in whatever career path they choose.

“My racing career won’t last forever, said Oliver, “and having a good education has given me the confidence and aptitude required to handle all kinds of situations, such as negotiating business deals and being interviewed live on television, helping me stand out from other drivers.”

Head Sue Freestone said: “It was great to welcome Ollie back to King’s Ely and to hear him speak with such enthusiasm and real humility. He was a great inspiration to the students of today.”

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