Oliver Turvey

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Oliver Turvey
Oliver Turvey.jpg
Nationality United Kingdom British
Born (1987-04-01) 1 April 1987 (age 27)
Penrith (England)
2014 GP2 Series
Debut season 2010
Current team Carlin
Car no. 25
Former teams iSport International
Starts 22
Wins 0
Poles 1
Fastest laps 0
Best finish 6th in 2010
Previous series
2004–06
2007
2007
2008
2009
2009–10-2011
2011
2013
Formula BMW UK
Italian FRenault
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
British Formula Three
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
GP2 Asia Series
Blancpain Endurance Series
European Le Mans Series
Awards
2006
2008
McLaren Autosport Award
Cambridge Full Blue

Oliver Jonathan Turvey (born 1 April 1987 in Penrith, Cumbria) is a British racing driver. He was a notable kart racer, with two national titles, and was the 2006 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner. His career has been supported by the Racing Steps Foundation.[1]

Career history[edit]

Karting[edit]

Like many aspiring junior racing drivers, Turvey began his karting career at eight years old. After three seasons, he progressed to the British Cadet Championship in 1999, in which he was placed fifth overall, and was selected as a member of the English National team, which won that year's Inter-nation Championship. In 2000, Turvey graduated to the Junior Yamaha National Championship and won the title. After a season in Junior TKM, he moved on to the Junior Rotax class in 2002 and added that title to his collection.

Car racing[edit]

Turvey made his formula single seater debut in the 2003 British Formula Renault Winter Series and spent the remainder of the season competing in Zip Formula, in which he was the highest-placed rookie. In 2004, he sidestepped into Formula BMW UK with Team SWR and achieved one race win. At the end of the season, he made a one-off Formula Three debut in the Promotion class of the Asian F3 Championship.

In the following season, Turvey stayed with Team SWR in Formula BMW, making eight appearances (each with two race starts) in the ten-round championship. Budgetary restrictions prevented him from entering more than seven rounds in 2006, but points scores in every race (including five wins) secured second place overall. At the Formula BMW World Final in Valencia, he was the highest-placed British finisher in sixth position. Turvey ended the year by beating five other finalists to win the McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award.[2]

Although Turvey was expected to graduate to the British F3 Championship in 2007,[3] he has instead opted for the opportunity of competing in Europe. He spent the season dovetailing a dual program in Italian Formula Renault and the Formula Renault Eurocup with the experienced Jenzer Motorsport organisation.[4] In 2008, he was runner-up in the British Formula Three Championship, behind team-mate Jaime Alguersuari.

Turvey competed in the World Series by Renault for 2009, where he was once again paired with Alguersuari at Carlin.[5] He won a single race and finished the championship as top rookie, in fourth position. He competed in the 2009–10 GP2 Asia Series season and took part in the 2010 GP2 Series season for the iSport International team.[1]

On 16 November 2010 he took part in the Formula One young drivers test in Abu Dhabi driving for McLaren. Turvey set the second fastest time, 1.1 seconds slower than the quickest time set by Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo.[6]

With his Racing Steps Foundation backing having expired at the end of 2010, Turvey was unable to raise a budget for another GP2 season in 2011. However, he was drafted by Carlin—the team now competing in its first year of GP2—to replace Mikhail Aleshin for the third round of the championship in Monaco; Aleshin also struggling to find enough money for a full season.[7] He finished in the points in his comeback race, but was subsequently penalised due to jumping the start. He was replaced for the following round by Álvaro Parente, and finished 25th in the championship. Prior to the start of the 2011 GP2 Series Turvey drove in the 2011 GP2 Asia Series season for Ocean Racing Technology.[8]

Aside from his GP2 drives, Turvey also competed in selected rounds of the 2011 Blancpain Endurance Series season for CRS Racing, competing alongside Andrew Kirkaldy and Alvaro Parente in a McLaren MP4-12C GT3.[9]

Turvey joined Gary Paffett as a test driver for McLaren for the 2012 season.[10]

Turvey will spend 2012 driving a McLaren MP4-12C GT3 in the GT3 Championship.

In 2013 Turvey stepped up from GTs to Sports Prototypes by signing a deal with Jota Sport to race their LMP2 Zytek Z11SN-Nissan in the 2013 European Le Mans Series season and selected rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship, including the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans.[11] Turvey qualified on pole position and won his first start in the car, at the opening rain-shortened ELMS round at Silverstone.[12]

In February 2014 it was announced that Turvey would partner Fabien Giroix and John Martin in an LMP2 Oreca 03-Nissan run by Delta Motorsport and Millennium Racing for an assault on the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship season.[13] However the team's plans received a setback when they withdrew from the season-opening 6 Hours of Silverstone due to delays in receiving funding.[14] They subsequently missed the second round of the WEC and the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans due to their financial problems.[15] However Turvey received a call up from the Jota squad to race at Le Mans when Jota and Audi reserve driver Marc Gené replaced Audi driver Loïc Duval when the latter was injured in a practice crash. Turvey subsequently shared the LMP2 class win alongside his team-mates.[16]

Awards[edit]

Dec. 2006 - McLaren Autosport BRDC Award[17]
2008 - Sports Personality of the Year award at the 2008 Cumbria Sports Awards[18]
2008 - Daily Mirror Best British Driver in F3 Award[19]
2008 - Awarded the Dunhill Future Champion Award at Goodwood Festival of Speed[20]
2008 - University of Cambridge Extraordinary Full Blue for Motorsport (the first ever for the sport).[21][22]
2008 - British Racing Drivers' Club National Racing Driver of the Year[23]

Education[edit]

Turvey attended Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Penrith, Cumbria in England and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge as an undergraduate, where he studied engineering. In late 2007, he applied to become a Cambridge Full Blue, the highest honour that can be awarded to a sportsman at the university. He completed his bachelors degree in 2008 and was awarded the Full Blue by the university; the first ever racing driver to be awarded the accolade.[21][22] His Master's will include a dissertation on F1 aerodynamics. He has a sister, called Lucie, whom also attended Queen Elizabeth Grammar School. Oliver currently lives in London.

Racing career[edit]

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series results[edit]

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

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos Points
2009 Carlin Motorsport CAT
SPR

4
CAT
FEA

11
SPA
SPR

6
SPA
FEA

14
MON
FEA

1
HUN
SPR

8
HUN
FEA

ret
SIL
SPR

3
SIL
FEA

3
BUG
SPR

3
BUG
FEA

10
ALG
SPR

Ret
ALG
FEA

6
NÜR
SPR

4
NÜR
FEA

ret
ALC
SPR

2
ALC
FEA

5
4th 93

Complete GP2 Series results[edit]

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

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2010 iSport International ESP
FEA

5
ESP
SPR

5
MON
FEA

15
MON
SPR

15
TUR
FEA

14
TUR
SPR

18
VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

12
GBR
FEA

8
GBR
SPR

2
GER
FEA

8
GER
SPR

2
HUN
FEA

4
HUN
SPR

5
BEL
FEA

6
BEL
SPR

5
ITA
FEA

3
ITA
SPR

6
ABU
FEA

2
ABU
SPR

17
6th 47
2011 Carlin TUR
FEA
TUR
SPR
ESP
FEA
ESP
SPR
MON
FEA

14
MON
SPR

8
VAL
FEA
VAL
SPR
GBR
FEA
GBR
SPR
GER
FEA
GER
SPR
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
BEL
FEA
BEL
SPR
ITA
FEA
ITA
SPR
25th 0

Complete GP2 Asia Series results[edit]

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

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 DC Points
2009–10 iSport International ABU1
FEA

8
ABU1
SPR

4
ABU2
FEA

1
ABU2
SPR

5
BHR1
FEA

9
BHR1
SPR

6
BHR2
FEA

9
BHR2
SPR

11
6th 17
2011 Ocean Racing Technology ABU
FEA

18
ABU
SPR

19
ITA
FEA

15
ITA
SPR

8
16th 0

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2013 United Kingdom Jota Sport United Kingdom Simon Dolan
Germany Lucas Luhr
Zytek Z11SN-Nissan LMP2 319 13th 7th
2014 United Kingdom Jota Sport United Kingdom Simon Dolan
United Kingdom Harry Tincknell
Zytek Z11SN-Nissan LMP2 356 5th 1st

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Anderson, Ben (2009-10-14). "Turvey gets iSport GP2 seat". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2009-10-14. 
  2. ^ Turvey is McLaren Autosport winner autosport.com, December 3, 2006. Retrieved on April 21, 2007.
  3. ^ Turvey expected to surprise in F3 autosport.com, December 4, 2006. Retrieved on April 21, 2007.
  4. ^ Turvey signs for Renault Eurocup oliverturvey.com. Retrieved on April 21, 2007.
  5. ^ "Turvey completes Carlin line-up". autosport.com. 2009-01-23. Retrieved 2009-01-23. 
  6. ^ Straw, Edd (16 November 2010). "Ricciardo tops day one of rookie test". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 17 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "Oliver Turvey back at Carlin for Monaco". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 2011-05-26. Retrieved 2011-05-26. 
  8. ^ Beer, Matt (1 February 2011). "Turvey joins Ocean for GP2 Asia". autosport.com. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Turvey lands McLaren GT3 race role". Racing Steps Foundation. 4 May 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  10. ^ Rowland, Nick (1 February 2012). "McLaren unveils its 2012 challenger". Race Department. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  11. ^ "Le Mans Series - McLaren test driver signs for Jota". Eurosport. 10 January 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  12. ^ O'Leary, Jamie (13 April 2013). "Silverstone ELMS: Oliver Turvey and Jota win as rain truncates race". autosport.com. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "Oliver Turvey set for the World Endurance Championship". McLaren. 13 February 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  14. ^ Dagys, John (15 April 2014). "Millennium Withdraws from Silverstone". Sportscar365. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  15. ^ DeGroot, Nick (7 June 2014). "Millennium Racing pulls out of Le Mans". motorsport.com. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  16. ^ "Audi Takes 1-2 Finish in Eventful 24 Hours of Le Mans". msn.foxsports.com. 15 June 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  17. ^ Turvey is McLaren Autosport winner
  18. ^ Cumbria Sports Awards 2008 (2008-11-28). "BBC - Cumbria - In Pictures - Cumbria Sports Awards 2008". Bbc.co.uk:80. Retrieved 2013-06-22. 
  19. ^ "Other sports: athletics, motorsport, superbikes, snooker...and more - Mirror Online". Mirror.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-06-22. 
  20. ^ "| Oliver Turvey Racing |". Oliverturvey.com. 1987-04-01. Retrieved 2013-06-22. 
  21. ^ a b "Cambridge Awards First Ever Motor Sport 'Blue' to Oliver Turvey". British F3 International Series. 14 August 2008. Archived from the original on 12 September 2009. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  22. ^ a b Autosport, August 14, 2008 p.43. Retrieved on August 18, 2008.
  23. ^ English, Steven (7 December 2008). "National Racing Driver: Oliver Turvey". Autosport. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Oliver Jarvis
McLaren Autosport BRDC Award
2006
Succeeded by
Stefan Wilson
Preceded by
Jason Plato (Racing Driver)
Mark Higgins (Rally Driver)
Autosport
National Driver of the Year

2008
Succeeded by
Colin Turkington