Oliver was first introduced to motorsport from an early age when his father, Carl Jarvis, was competing in Formula Ford 1600.
Naturally, it was not long before the very young Oliver Jarvis had aspirations to get into the driving seat himself, and at only six years old he enjoyed his first motocross competition. At the age of eight Oliver made the transition to race karts, where he gained valuable experience and progressed through the categories. During his 10 years in karts he achieved notable success in British, European and World Karting events.
Oliver moved from European Karting when he was 18 to the highly competitive British single seater car championships. He enjoyed two successful seasons in Formula Ford before climbing the ladder to Formula Renault in 2004 finishing third overall in the Winter Series. 2005 proved to be an outstanding year of achievements for Oliver, with 5 wins, 7 podiums, 4 pole positions and 3 ELF/Atol Driver of the Day awards, and the perfect end to the year was receiving the prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver Award in December 2005. In 2006 Oliver competed in the British F3 series. In his first year he won 3 races, achieved numerous podiums and finished second overall in the Championship being the highest placed “rookie”. During autumn 2006 and winter 2007, Oliver made his debut in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport as one of two drivers representing Team Great Britain. Oliver also won the Macau Formula 3 GP and the GT 500 Suzuka 100km in 2007, and finished 3rd in the Japanese Formula 3 Championship.
It was in 2008 when Oliver joined the Audi Sport family, racing in the DTM championship. He continued in DTM until 2011, as well as finishing 3rd in the first round of the Asian Le Mans series (in 2009) and competing in Le Mans 24hr in an Audi R10 TDi and winning “fastest rookie” (in 2010).
Oliver made the move to endurance racing in 2012, finishing 3rd at Le Mans 24hr and 3rd at the 6 hours of spa in both 2012 and 2013, as well as winning both the Sebring 12 hours and Daytona 24 hour races in 2013. It was in 2015 that Oliver was promoted to replace Tom Kristensen to compete in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) for Audi Sport, alongside teammates Loic Duval and Lucas di Grassi in car number 8. The trio finished second in the WEC World Championship in 2016.
In 2017, Oliver joined Bentley Motorsport as a works driver competing in the Blancpain Endurance Championship, alongside teammates Guy Smith and Steven Kane in car number 7. As well as working with Jackie Chan DC Racing run by Jota Sport for the full 2017 WEC in an Oreca LMP2 car, and made history with teammates Ho-Pin Tung and Thomas Laurent at Le Mans 2017 by being the first LMP2 car ever to lead the race outright, and finishing second overall, first in class.
Oliver still lives in the UK with his wife and daughter, and enjoys cycling, running, snow boarding, kite surfing, and competing in triathlon events – Oliver completed the European Ironman Championship in Frankfurt in 2016.