Oliver Turvey rejoins NEXTEV Formula E team

Oliver Turvey is one of racing’s most multi-versatile young talents. Beyond his role in the Autobacs Super GT Series with the Drago Modulo Honda Racing team, Turvey has also been a test driver for the McLaren F1 team, a class-winning driver at the Le Mans 24 Hours, and most recently, a driver for the NEXTEV team in the FIA Formula E Championship.

On Tuesday, Turvey confirmed that he will return to the NEXTEV squad, partnering inaugural Formula E Drivers’ Champion, Nelsinho Piquet.

In what was a difficult second season for NEXTEV TCR, Turvey scored only eleven points, with a best finish of sixth in the season-opening Beijing ePrix.

However, that sixth place turned out to be the team’s best finish of the season, and Turvey outscored his reigning champion teammate Piquet 11-8 over the course of the 2015-16 campaign.

Turvey will return for the 2016-17 season, but he will have clashes on the first two weekends of the season: The Hong Kong ePrix clashes with the Super GT race at Buriram, Thailand on October 9, while the following Marrakech ePrix in Morocco clashes with the double-header finale at Twin Ring Motegi on November 12-13.

In addition, the 2017 Paris ePrix clashes with Super GT’s return to Autopolis on the weekend of May 20.

Coincidentally, fellow British racer and cancer survivor Dean Stoneman is participating in the pre-season Formula E tests at Donington Park, England in Turvey’s place. Perhaps as a contingency plan for the races where Turvey’s Super GT commitments will keep him from racing in Formula E.

Nonetheless, we’re proud to see Turvey returning to Formula E in conjunction with his run in Super GT. The 2016-17 Formula E grid also features a former Super GT champion, Loïc Duval of Faraday Future Dragon Racing.

 

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