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Oliver Turvey

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Oliver Turvey (born 1 April 1987 in Penrith, Cumbria) is a British racing driver from England. He was a notable kart racer, with two national titles, and was the 2006 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner. He currently participates in the World Series by Renault for Carlin Motorsport. His career has been supported by the Racing Steps Foundation.

Career history

Karting

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

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. Although Turvey was expected to graduate to the British F3 Championship in 2007, 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. 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. He will compete in the 2009-10 GP2 Asia Series season and the 2010 GP2 Series season for the iSport International team.

Awards

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

Education

Turvey attended Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Penrith, Cumbria in England which is in Europe 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. His masters will include a dissertation on F1 aerodynamics. He has one sister called Lucie Turvey who also attended Queen Elizabeth Grammar School (QEGS), Penrith.

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