Darren Turner

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Darren Turner
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Darren Turner
Nationality United Kingdom British
Born

(1974-04-13) 13 April 1974 (age 40)
Camberley, Surrey, England, United Kingdom

24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 2003 -
Teams Prodrive Racing,
Aston Martin Racing
Best finish 5th (2007)
Class wins 2 (2007, 2008)
2014 FIA World Endurance Championship
Debut season 2012
Current team Aston Martin Racing
Car no. 97
Starts 16
Best finish 1st in 2013
Championship titles
2007, 2008
1993
24 Hours of Le Mans – GT1
FFirst Great Britain W. Series
Awards
1996 McLaren Autosport Award

Darren Turner (born 13 April 1974) is an British racing driver currently racing for Aston Martin in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

He was McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year in 1996. He is a former test driver for the McLaren Formula One team, but has raced primarily in touring cars and sportscars since 2000. He spent 2 years in the DTM for Keke Rosberg's Mercedes-Benz-powered team, also winning several ASCAR races. In 2006 he raced sportscars for Aston Martin, but also competed five rounds of the British Touring Car Championship for SEAT, sharing their 2nd car with James Thompson. In his first drive for the team he finished 3rd.

He finished second in the first two races at Knockhill, but lost both results for technical infringements. While running second to team-mate Jason Plato under a safety car in race one, he did not stay close to Plato's car, thus preventing Plato's championship rivals from being close to him. This incurred a 20-second time penalty, dropping him to 10th, however the team then removed the 'Success Ballast' he had earned for second place. As this applies to the order cars cross the line, not the final amended race result (drivers who were elevated by his penalty did not gain extra success ballast), this is a disqualification offence. He remained with the team for 2007, now full-time team-mate to Plato. Luck was again against him at Rockingham - after qualifying on pole the car had an electrical failure before race one. His first win came in race 11 at Croft [1], with two more at Knockhill.

Turner driving for SEAT at the Oulton Park round of the 2007 British Touring Car Championship.

As well as driving for SEAT in the BTCC, Darren also competed in the 2007 Le Mans 24 Hours, competing in the GT1 class driving for Prodrive Aston Martin Racing alongside David Brabham and Rickard Rydell. After a tense fight against the Corvette Racing Corvette C6.R of Johnny O'Connell, Jan Magnussen and Ron Fellows, the Aston prevailed to win a Le Mans class race for the first time since the return of Aston Martin to endurance sportscar racing.

He opened his 2008 racing season by competing in the Rolex 24 finishing 4th in class and overall sharing a Krohn Racing Pontiac-Riley with Niclas Jonsson and Ricardo Zonta. At the 2008 24 Hours of Le Mans Turner won the GT1 class (13th overall) driving an Aston Martin DBR9 shared with David Brabham and Antonio García.

Turner also participated in the Gold Coast 600 race as part of the 2011 International V8 Supercars Championship. He entered the race as a replacement driver to Dan Wheldon, who was scheduled to drive in the race but was killed in a 15-car crash at the IndyCar World Championship race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, less than a week before the race.

In 2012, Turner competed in the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship season with Aston Martin Racing in the GTE-Pro class Aston Martin Vantage.

In the 80th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2012, Turner and the Aston Martin Racing finished third place in the GTE-Pro class along with his co-drivers the German Stefan Mücke and the Mexican Adrián Fernández, their Aston Martin Vantage 4.5 L-V8 covered a total of 332 laps (2,811.65 miles), in the Circuit de la Sarthe without failure or serious mechanical problems. Also the team achieved the fastest lap of the category with 3 minutes and 54.928 seconds.[1][2]

For 2013 Turner continues with Aston Martin Racing[3] and will be entering the FIA World Endurance Championship in an Aston Martin Aston Martin Vantage GTE alongside Stefan Mücke and will be joined by Peter Kox for the 6 Hours of Austin and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Racing record[edit]

Complete Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2000 Team Rosberg AMG-Mercedes CLK-DTM HOC
1

12
HOC
2

8
OSC
1

13
OSC
2

Ret
NOR
1

11
NOR
2

12
SAC
1

8
SAC
2

8
NÜR
1

15
NÜR
2

8
LAU
1

C
LAU
2

C
OSC
1

DNS
OSC
2

DNS
NÜR
1

13
NÜR
2

11
HOC
1

10
HOC
2

6
14th 19
2001 Team Rosberg AMG-Mercedes CLK-DTM HOC
QR

6
HOC
CR

8
NÜR
QR

9
NÜR
CR

16
OSC
QR

14
OSC
CR

DSQ
SAC
QR

9
SAC
CR

Ret
NOR
QR

Ret
NOR
CR

11
LAU
QR

10
LAU
CR

9
NÜR
QR

Ret
NÜR
CR

8
A1R
QR

14
A1R
CR

10
ZAN
QR

15
ZAN
CR

8
HOC
QR

9
HOC
CR

8
15th 15

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2003 United Kingdom Veloqx Prodrive Racing United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
United Kingdom Kelvin Burt
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello GTS 176 DNF DNF
2004 United Kingdom Prodrive Racing United Kingdom Colin McRae
Sweden Rickard Rydell
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello GTS 329 9th 3rd
2005 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Australia David Brabham
France Stéphane Sarrazin
Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 333 9th 3rd
2006 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Czech Republic Tomáš Enge
Italy Andrea Piccini
Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 350 6th 2nd
2007 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Australia David Brabham
Sweden Rickard Rydell
Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 343 5th 1st
2008 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Australia David Brabham
Spain Antonio García
Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 344 13th 1st
2009 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
Netherlands Jos Verstappen
Lola-Aston Martin B09/60 LMP1 342 13th 11th
2010 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Denmark Juan Barazi
United Kingdom Sam Hancock
Lola-Aston Martin B09/60 LMP1 368 DNF DNF
2011 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Germany Stefan Mücke
Austria Christian Klien
Aston Martin AMR-One LMP1 4 DNF DNF
2012 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Germany Stefan Mücke
Mexico Adrián Fernández
Aston Martin Vantage GTE GTE
Pro
332 19th 3rd
2013 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Germany Stefan Mücke
United Kingdom Peter Dumbreck
Aston Martin Vantage GTE GTE
Pro
314 17th 3rd
2014 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Germany Stefan Mücke
Brazil Bruno Senna
Aston Martin Vantage GTE GTE
Pro
310 35th 6th

Complete British Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position - 1 point awarded in first race) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap - 1 point awarded all races) (* signifies that driver lead race for at least one lap - 1 point awarded all races)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Pos Pts
2006 SEAT Sport UK SEAT León BRH
1
BRH
2
BRH
3
MON
1
MON
2
MON
3
OUL
1
OUL
2
OUL
3
THR
1

3
THR
2

5
THR
3

Ret
CRO
1
CRO
2
CRO
3
DON
1

12
DON
2

9
DON
3

4
SNE
1
SNE
2
SNE
3
KNO
1

10
KNO
2

DSQ
KNO
3

4
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

Ret
BRH
3

DNS
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

10
SIL
3

6
14th 41
2007 SEAT Sport UK SEAT León BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

4
BRH
3

DSQ
ROC
1

Ret
ROC
2

6
ROC
3

3
THR
1

3
THR
2

Ret
THR
3

6
CRO
1

4
CRO
2

1*
CRO
3

5
OUL
1

Ret
OUL
2

7
OUL
3

3
DON
1

12
DON
2

6
DON
3

9
SNE
1

6
SNE
2

4
SNE
3

9
BRH
1

3
BRH
2

Ret
BRH
3

15
KNO
1

1*
KNO
2

1*
KNO
3

7
THR
1

18
THR
2

11
THR
3

6
6th 160
2008 SEAT Sport UK SEAT León TDI BRH
1

4
BRH
2

5
BRH
3

Ret
ROC
1

2
ROC
2

3*
ROC
3

Ret
DON
1

19
DON
2

4
DON
3

1*
THR
1

6
THR
2

4
THR
3

16
CRO
1

15
CRO
2

9
CRO
3

Ret
SNE
1

2
SNE
2

19*
SNE
3

16
OUL
1

6
OUL
2

Ret
OUL
3

16
KNO
1

Ret
KNO
2

8
KNO
3

1*
SIL
1

3
SIL
2

Ret
SIL
3

19
BRH
1

7
BRH
2

Ret
BRH
3

12
8th 133

Complete GT1 World Championship results[edit]

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pos Points
2010 Young Driver AMR Aston Martin ABU
QR

Ret
ABU
CR

11
SIL
QR

4
SIL
CR

EX
BRN
QR

2
BRN
CR

2
PRI
QR

10
PRI
CR

16
SPA
QR

10
SPA
CR

6
NÜR
QR

1
NÜR
CR

1
ALG
QR

4
ALG
CR

10
NAV
QR

Ret
NAV
CR

4
INT
QR

2
INT
CR

10
SAN
QR

10
SAN
CR

15
4th 104
2011 Young Driver AMR Aston Martin ABU
QR

Ret
ABU
CR

5
ZOL
QR

Ret
ZOL
CR

7
ALG
QR

4
ALG
CR

2
SAC
QR

3
SAC
CR

3
SIL
QR

Ret
SIL
CR

Ret
NAV
QR

6
NAV
CR

Ret
PRI
QR

3
PRI
CR

2
ORD
QR

7
ORD
CR

5
BEI
QR

2
BEI
CR

1
SAN
QR

DNS
SAN
CR

DNS
2nd 120

Complete V8 Supercar results[edit]

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Final Pos Points
2011 Holden Racing Team Holden VE Commodore YMC
R1
YMC
R2
ADE
R3
ADE
R4
HAM
R5
HAM
R6
PER
R7
PER
R8
PER
R9
WIN
R10
WIN
R11
HDV
R12
HDV
R13
TOW
R14
TOW
R15
QLD
R16
QLD
R17
QLD
R18
PHI
Q
PHI
R19
BAT
R20
SUR
R21

14
SUR
R22

6
SYM
R23
SYM
R24
SAN
R25
SAN
R26
SYD
R27
SYD
R28
59th 165
2012 Holden Racing Team Holden VE Commodore ADE
R1
ADE
R2
SYM
R3
SYM
R4
HAM
R5
HAM
R6
PER
R7
PER
R8
PER
R9
PHI
R10
PHI
R11
HDV
R12
HDV
R13
TOW
R14
TOW
R15
QLD
R16
QLD
R17
SMP
R18
SMP
R19
SAN
Q
SAN
R20
BAT
R21
SUR
R22

7
SUR
R23

17
YMC
R24
YMC
R25
YMC
R26
WIN
R27
WIN
R28
SYD
R29
SYD
R30
NC 0 +

+ Not eligible for points.


Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Class Car Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
2012 Aston Martin Racing LMGTE Pro Aston Martin Vantage GTE Aston Martin 4.5 L V8 SEB
3
SPA
Ret
LMS
3
SIL
2
SÃO
2
BHR
2
FUJ
3
SHA
1
2nd† 142†
2013 Aston Martin Racing LMGTE Pro Aston Martin Vantage GTE Aston Martin 4.5 L V8 SIL
1
SPA
4
LMS
3
SÃO
2
COA
Ret
FUJ
1
SHA
1
BHR
Ret
3rd 125.5
2014 Aston Martin Racing LMGTE Pro Aston Martin Vantage GTE Aston Martin 4.5 L V8 SIL
3
SPA
4
LMS
10
COA
1
FUJ
9
SHA
Ret
BHR
2
SÃO
1
5th 102

† There was no drivers championship that year, the result indicates rank in the LMGTE Pro Trophy.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Jonny Kane
McLaren Autosport BRDC Award
1996
Succeeded by
Andrew Kirkaldy