Did you know... Turvey was the first person ever to be awarded a Full Blue for motorsport by Cambridge University?
After joining the Formula E series for the Season 1 finale in London, Oliver Turvey has become an important member of NextEV line-up.
The team's difficult Season 2 car limited his opportunities to shine, but he did brilliantly to make both Super Pole sessions in the London double header. His strong qualifying form continued into Season 3 and he scored his maiden pole in Mexico where he led the race until a mechanical issue caused his car to stop on track.
Turvey starting his karting career after being taken to an event by his father, who was in the car industry and wanted to try something new. He instantly took to it and begged his family to let him race every week. Shortly after, his hobby became something more serious when he started taking part in races at his local track.
A few local club championships later and Turvey was told he should think of racing professionally. He made his single-seater debut in the British Formula Renault Winter Series and a year later in Formula BMW UK. The following year he didn’t have the budget to race the full season and had to miss the start of the Formula BMW season.
In 2006, he beat five other finalists to win the prestigious McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award, which led to him making his Formula 1 test debut for the British team in 2009. He remains part of McLaren’s testing roster to this day.
In 2008, Turvey was runner-up to Jaime Alguersuari in British F3, which led to a season of Formula Renault 3.5, during which he won at Monaco. He was the first driver to be given backing by the Racing Steps Foundation. He was a winner in GP2 Asia, but never repeated that in the main series and in 2012 he moved into GT racing with McLaren. He currently races in Super GT and in sportscars in the LMP2 class and was the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours class winner for Jota.