McLaren ’50 in 50′: Oliver Turvey

26 year old British driver Oliver Turvey is currently one of McLaren’s two test drivers (the other being Gary Paffett).

Turvey joined the team as a test driver back in 2009. In 2006 he was the winner of the McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year, earning himself  test outing with the team. He made his Formula One debut at the 2009 Young Driver Test in Jerez, appearing again in 2010 when he went second quickest in Abu Dhabi. In 2011 he was promoted to reserve and simulator driver. Since then he has completed six test days for the team, completing 298 laps and 1,589km.

Away from McLaren, Turvey has had a successful racing career. He started karting in 1996, winning championships between then and 2004. In 2004 he made his debut in the Formula BMW Championship, taking one win. He continued in 2005 where he picked up six podiums, and one pole position. 2006 proved to be successful as well, with five wins, ten podiums, seven pole positions and points in every race he entered. He ended the year as Vice Champion. Between 2007 and 2009 he raced in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, Porsche Carrera Cup, A1GP, and British F3 Championship to name but a few. He became Rookie Champion in the 2009 Formula Renault 3.5 series and raced in GP2 in 2010 and 2011. His McLaren association extended into the Blancpain Endurance Series, being entered as a works driver for the GT3 Team. This year Turvey drove in the Le Mans 24 Hours with Jota Sport and in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Away from racing, Turvey has an engineering degree from Cambridge.

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