OliverTurvey, born on 1st of April, 1987 in Penrith, Cumbria, is a British racing driver who has competed in various categories of motorsport.
Successful start in karting
When he was eight years old, Oliver started to drive karting after being taken to the event by his father, who was in the car industry. Over the years, Turvey became more serious about his hobby and started to race at the regional level. After he has won many local championships, Turvey was told that he should think about a racing career.
Turvey scored excellent results in karting racing
In 1999, Oliver was a member of an English national team that won Inter-nations Championship. The following year, he won the Junior Yamaha National Championship and finally won the title in Junior Rotax class in 2002, his final year in karting.
Formula racing debut
He competed in the 2003 British Formula 3 Winter Series, which was a good preparation for the future. In 2004, Turvey debuted in Formula BMW UK, driving for SWR Team. Oliver’s rookie season was a pretty good one as he scored his maiden victory before finishing 7th overall. The season of 2005 wasn’t so good because Turvey failed to win any race he entered but he had 8 podiums. He took the 8th place in the final standings.
Oliver Turvey, Team Loctite Dallara-Mugen/Honda; British Formula 3, Thruxton
In his last year in Formula BMW UK, Turvey finished as a runner-up. Driving for Team Loctite, he won 5 out of 14 races and had other 5 podiums and finished 95 points behind a champion Niall Breen. The important thing to know is that Oliver missed opening six races of the season due to lack of financial backing.
British F3 runner-up
In 2007, as a driver of Jenzer Motorsport, Turvey competed in Formula Renault but without too much success. In Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 he finished 8th overall, while in the Italian Formula Renault 2.0, Oliver was 9th. He failed to win a race in both competitions and left the series at the end of the season.
Turvey has backing from racing Steps Foundation at the start of his career
Turvey returned home to drive for Carlin Motorsport in the British Formula 3. This time he was much better and finished the season as a vice-champion. Four wins, a total of 13 podium finishes and the fact that he didn’t score only twice still weren’t enough for the title as he was 17 points behind a champion Jaime Alguersuari.
His driving was recognized by many and Turvey received McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, British Racing Drivers’ Club National Driver of the Year, Sports Personality of the Year award at the 2008 Cumbria Sports Awards, Daily Mirror Best British Driver in F3 Award, and the Dunhill Future Champion Award at Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The following year Oliver stayed with Carlin, but this time competing in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series. With one victory (Monza) and other three podiums, Turvey finished 4th overall and was the best of all rookie drivers.
Move to GP2 Series and McLaren-Honda test
The GP2 Series looked like a good opportunity for Turvey to get a step closer to Formula 1. Driving for iSport International team, he had a relatively good season. He didn’t score a win but after four podium finishes, he took the 6th place in the 2010 Drivers’ championship.
Oliver Turvey, McLaren
At the end of the year, he drove for McLaren in Formula 1 young drivers test in Abu Dhabi and had the second best time, while Daniel Ricciardowas the quickest.
However, the future wasn’t so bright after his financial backing by Racing Steps Foundation has expired and Turvey wasn't able to race in another GP2 Series season.
Endurance racing was a new opportunity
During 2011, the British racer competed in the selected events of the Blancpain Endurance Series, driving for CRS Racing team, while in 2012 Oliver was McLaren F1 team’s test driver alongside Gary Paffett.
Oliver Turvey, Jota Sport, European Le Mans Series
Finally, in 2013 Turvey secured a full-time drive in European Le Mans Series with Jota Sport. He was driving in LMP2 class alongside Simon Dolan. The two had a very good season, they won the race at Silverstone and finished 3rd overall.
Victory at Le Mans
Turvey was doing fine in the endurance racing. He had a promising start and the situation seemed promising when he signed with Delta Motorsport to race in the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship LMP2 class. Unfortunately, the team missed the season-opening round and soon they completely retired from the championship.
Turvey celebrates triumph at Le Mans 24 hours
Luckily, Oliver was called by Jota Sport to jump into the seat for Le Mans 24 hours. Driving a Zytek-Nissan alongside Dolan and Harry Tincknell, he won the world’s most prestigious race in LMP2 class and earned his place in the history of motorsport.
Departure to Japan
Turvey returned to the Circuit de la Sarthe in 2015 but failed to defend his crown. This time he shared a seat with Dolan and Mitch Evans in Jota Sport’s Gibson-Nissan and finished 2nd in LMP2 class.
Oliver Turvey debuted in Super GT in 2015
The same year he competed in the Japanese Super GT Series, driving for Drago Modulo Honda Racing team but failed to impress and finished 12th in the championship, without a podium finish in any race.
Oliver Turvey had good results with NextEV team on his Formula E debut
Probably the most important moment for Oliver that year was a debut in the FIA Formula E Championship. He raced in the final two races with NextEV team and scored points in both. The following season he stayed with the team and finished 14th overall with 11 points on his account and signed a contract extension for the 2016-2017 campaign.
Oliver Turvey, NextEV, Formula E
At the same time, he continued with his duties in Super GT but despite some improvements, Turvey is still searching for his first success in the Japanese racing series.