Carlin driver Oliver Turvey took third place at Silverstone today, in the first Formula Renault 3.5 race of the weekend. Racing in front of a home crowd at the only British World Series event of the season, Turvey moved up from fifth on the grid to take his second podium place of the season, following a win at Monaco earlier this year. Team mate Jaime Alguersuari also finished amongst the front runners in sixth place to add to his points tally.

Taking part in the first stage of qualifying, both Carlin drivers took to the track in group A, and set times within the top six to make it through to the SuperPole session. On track to decide the top twelve positions on the grid, the Carlin drivers had just 10 minutes to set their grid position for the two races. Turvey and Alguersuari each completed four laps before pitting for new tyres and with two minutes to go, Turvey was second while Alguersuari was eighth. A final flurry of quicker times saw Turvey qualify fourth, with Alguersuari ninth.

With the top eight drivers from qualifying reversed for the first race of the weekend, Turvey lined up fifth for race one, with Alguersuari lining up in the ninth placed grid slot. At the start, Turvey made a quick getaway, and was dicing with James Walker and Fairuz Fauzy for fourth place. Squeezed to the outside of the track, Turvey was forced to settle for fifth place as the drivers crossed the line for the first time. Team mate Alguersuari meanwhile was making progress and had moved up one place to eighth on the first lap.

Both drivers displayed a consistent pace throughout the race, with Turvey keeping Fauzy under pressure throughout the race, and Alguersuari close behind fellow Red Bull driver Brendon Hartley. Turvey took of advantage of a battle between third placed man Daniel Move and Fauzy to snatch fourth place and then moved up to the final podium spot after second placed man Bertrand Baguette took an excursion across the grass, which also allowed Alguersuari through into sixth.

Racing Steps Foundation backed driver Oliver Turvey was pleased with his third place saying, “It was a good result today, it’s always good to get on the podium and I think we showed really good race pace today. Fauzy and I seemed to be two of the quickest cars on track today, we quickly caught Move and passed him and then I passed Baguette after he made a mistake. The car felt very good so I must thank the team, they have worked so hard to get this result. It all adds towards our championship position.”

Team mate Alguersuari added, “I think we had a good race; it’s my first time on the Silverstone GP circuit, so I’m fairly happy to be in the top six. It’s important to be consistent in this championship. I think we still need to work on Super Pole, we need to find a few more tenths and then I think that is something that will come. I feel we are doing a good job and I really think we’re making progress and developing the car. I know the opportunity to win will come soon.”