Turvey completes NEXTEV line-up

Oliver Turvey will race alongside reigning Formula E champion Nelson Piquet Jr at NEXTEV TCR for the 2015-2016 season.

Turvey made his Formula E debut at the London ePrix double-header in June picking up points in both races in Battersea Park.

The 28-year-old enjoyed a successful junior single-seater career with backing from the Racing Steps Foundation. In 2006, he won the prestigious McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award, which led to him making his Formula 1 test debut for the British team in 2009.

In 2008, he finished 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 a winner in GP2 Asia, but never repeated that in the main series and in 2012 he moved into GT racing with McLaren. 

Turvey said: “I am delighted to be joining NEXTEV TCR for the second season of Formula E. The team gave me a fantastic opportunity when they approached me to race in the season finale in London and I am happy that my performance has led to me being able to re-join them and compete for the full season.”

He added: “I am looking forward to working with the whole team on the development of their new powertrain and I am excited to drive alongside the current champion! I would like to thank McLaren and Honda for their continued support, and for allowing me to compete in Formula E alongside my F1 testing duties and racing commitments in Super GT.”

Steven Lu, NEXTEV TCR team principal said: “We are delighted to welcome Oliver to the team. He put in a fantastic performance in London and is a very intelligent, talented driver. We believe we have the strongest driver pairing on the grid with Nelson and Oliver at NEXTEV TCR and are looking forward to a successful season ahead to build on our achievements from the first season.”

Turvey will line-up on the grid for the opening round of the season in Beijing on October 24.