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Turvey joins Jota SportJota Sport will welcome one of Britain’s most exciting young racing talents into its fold for the 2013 season after inking a deal with McLaren development driver Oliver Turvey.

The 25-year-old will join Jota Sport regular Simon Dolan in the team’s Zytek-Nissan LMP2 for the full European Le Mans Series campaign while also contesting selected rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship, including a planned assault on the Le Mans 24 Hours pending invitation from the ACO.

Penrith-born Turvey first rose to prominence in 2006 by winning the prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, marking him out as one of the most promising talents in motorsport and securing a test with the multiple world title-winning Formula 1 squad. Backed by the Racing Steps Foundation, his progress continued with a runner-up finish in the 2008 British F3 championship before race-winning campaigns in F1 feeder series Formula Renault 3.5 and GP2.

2011 saw Turvey take on an increased role at McLaren as he formed part of the development driver line-up for the MP4-12C GT3 project. In 2012 he was appointed a reserve driver for the British marque’s iconic Formula 1 squad, testing the grand prix-winning MP4-27 in Abu Dhabi, while also continuing to undertake selected GT races in the MP4-12C.

Turvey joins Jota following a promising 2012 season for the British squad which saw a memorable LMP2 class victory at the 6 Hours of Spa and a spirited run at the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Sam Hignett, Jota Sport Team Principal: “We are thrilled to start 2013 by announcing the signing of Oliver Turvey. Needless to say, it’s fantastic to have secured a driver of his undoubted ability and pedigree.

“In particular, we are delighted to have gained Oliver’s superb engineering knowledge and acumen. Despite his young age he can teach us a great deal, and I know that Simon as well as the technical team are eager to begin working with him.

“What’s more, signing Oliver is a clear indication of Jota’s ambition to succeed at the highest levels of world motorsport. By securing one of the most promising young talents available, we have made it clear that our goal for this year is to fight at the very front from the opening race and challenge for the championship.”

Oliver Turvey: “I am thrilled and delighted to be joining Jota Sport for the 2013 season. I am extremely excited to begin working with the team and can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the LMP2 car. I would like to thank Simon and Sam for putting their trust and support behind me. I look forward to a successful season with Jota Sport.

“I have been very impressed with both the facilities and preparation that Jota Sport have put towards the 2013 season and believe that we have a winning team ready to compete at the highest level.

“I would also like to thank Vodafone McLaren Mercedes for their continued support and allowing me to pursue this opportunity alongside my test driver role with the team. I am confident the experience I have working with one of the most successful teams in Formula 1 will benefit me in my preparations for LMP2.”

Jota Sport remain in discussions with potential drivers for the third seat at the team and will make an announcement in due course. Their first racing engagement of the season will come on home turf when the European Le Mans Series opens at Silverstone on April 13.

For further press information please contact Laura Hanson: l.hanson@jotagroup.com.

To keep up to date with the Jota Sport team follow them on Twitter: @JotaSport.

Max Chilton qualified in a competitive seventh place in Monaco today, following a chaotic GP2 session around the principality this afternoon. Team mate Oliver Turvey was 16th quickest, having been taken out mid way through the session by eventual pole man Giedo van der Garde.

A 30 minute practice session this morning allowed the GP2 drivers to familiarise themselves with the Monaco circuit. Predictably, it was a session filled with disruptions, with several yellow flags and one red flag period. Chilton was on the pace in the early stages; the 20 year-old was fourth quickest with ten minutes to go while Turvey was 11th.

The main interruption came with 13 minutes to go, when a red flag was needed to clear debris at turn 16. Heading back out on track after the interruption, Chilton was 12th while Turvey was 19th. Chilton would improve in his final laps to finish inside the top ten in ninth.

If this morning’s practice session was eventful, this afternoon’s qualifying session was chaotic. Several drivers were involved in collisions on track and as the pressure mounted, driving standards seemed to suffer.

Both Carlin drivers were on the pace in the first half of the session and were both in the top ten, with Turvey seventh and Chilton ninth. Turvey was soon the innocent victim of an accident however which effectively ended his session. Giedo van der Garde closed in on the Carlin driver through the swimming pool complex and rammed Turvey off the track, bending his front right track rod in the process.

Several red and yellow flags disrupted proceedings with seemingly an accident every lap at Rascasse. With three minutes remaining on the clock Chilton was 10th while Turvey was 12th, but the times soon started to tumble as drivers tried to make the most of new tyres.

Having been forced to pit for repairs, Turvey saw his qualifying session seriously compromised. With no time to make a full repair, the Racing Steps Foundation graduate returned to the track still with a damaged front right corner and wasn’t able to complete a flying lap on his new tyres and finished the session 16th.

Chilton meanwhile found space on his final lap and improved to 8th, which becomes 7th when Jules Bianchi’s five place grid penalty from Barcelona is taken into account.

Speaking about his qualifying session, Chilton said, “Today’s qualifying session was a really good performance by the whole team. I was well within my target to qualify within the top ten and was able to get a couple of clear laps and push really hard with a good car. It sounds like I was pretty fortunate and missed a lot of incidents this afternoon. There was more and more debris on track with every lap but I managed to stay out of trouble and push when the circuit was green. I’m really looking forward to the first race tomorrow.”

The GP2 drivers will take to the track again at 11.15 local time tomorrow for Race 1.

It was a weekend of mixed fortunes for the Carlin team in Nuburgring this weekend, as the team’s Formula Renault 3.5 drivers Oliver Turvey and Jaime Alguersuari enjoyed strong races on Saturday, but mixed results on Sunday. Turvey made the most of his sixth place grid slot in race one to finish fourth, while Alguersuari was on a charge to finsh in fifth. Race two however was a different story, with Turvey retiring due to a mechanic problem and Alguersuari managing to cling on to sixth place.

Both drivers maintained a 100 per success rate in making it through to the Super Pole session on Saturday. With only the top 12 drivers making it through to the 10 minute Super Pole session, Turvey continued his good form to qualify third, while Alguersuari battled with understeer to qualify tenth.

The first race of the weekend kicked off on Saturday and saw the top eight qualifiers from Super Pole reversed. Turvey therefore lined up sixth with Alguersuari tenth. Turvey made a fantastic start and did well to make it round after being squeezed at the first corner. Alguerusari meanwhile had made a lightning start and had catapulted up to fifth place.

The Carlin duo both saw some scrappy racing as the race continued and did well to avoid any accidents as they were passed by John Lancaster and Fairuz Fauzy which pushed them down the order. However, Lancaster was later handed a 10 second penalty, which moved the Carlin racers back up a place. As the race came to a close Turvey and Alguersuari were line astern, with Turvey crossing the line in fourth place, and Alguersuari fifth.

As the drivers lined up for race two, Turvey took his third place grid slot with Alguersuari once again lining up in tenth. While Alguersuari managed to keep his tenth place, Turvey dropped to seventh after losing out at the start. Having dropped down the order, Turvey found himself in stuck in traffic, prompting the team to pit Turvey early to give him space on track. Following quick in and out laps and a fast stop by the Carlin team, the Racing Steps Foundation driver had made up one place by the time he returned to the track. Turvey’s fortunes changed on lap 16 however, when a mechanical problem put him into retirement.

Alguersauri meanwhile was moving gradually up the order. Following a quick pit stop, the F1 racer was sixth, the position he would retain to the chequered flag.

Alguersuari said, “I don’t think this weekend was one of our strongest of the season; I was suffering from understeer in qualifying and again in the races. We made a lot of changes to the car before the second race, and I think the car we had at the end was probably the best it had been all weekend. I think we should be fairly happy with the results this weekend, you have to have some difficult races and some good races to keep learning. I think we have to look forward to the next race at Motorland which will be tough as no-one knows the track, but at the same time it will be exciting.”

Jake RosenzweigJake Rosenzweig joins Carlin’s British F3 racers for this weekend’s round of the 2009 Cooper Tires British F3 International Series in Spa. The American racer comes fresh from his first F3 Euro Series podium in Zandvoort last weekend and will be hoping for a repeat performance on his British F3 debut. Rosenzweig will be racing alongside championship leader Daniel Ricciardo, Max Chilton, Henry Arundel and Philip Major.

Last time out at Donington, Daniel Ricciardo took a podium in race one to boost his championship standing, but lost out in race two having been the innocent victim of an over ambitions overtaking manoeuvre by Renger van der Zande. Chilton meanwhile came home in a strong sixth place in race one, adding a seventh place to that in race two. Having struggled in qualifying and suffering a clutch problem on the grid for race one, Henry Arundel fought back with a 13th place and a solid sixth place finish in race two. The newest member of Carlin’s British F3 squad, Philip Major, finished 15th in race one but was unable to finish the second race of the day following an incident on lap three.

Meanwhile team mate Jake Rosenzweig made it three podiums in three different countries for Carlin last weekend, with a well fought third place in race two at the Zandvoort circuit in the Netherlands. The American racer finished seventh in the first race of the weekend; earning him a second place grid slot for the reverse grid race on Sunday. From there, Rosenzweig raced hard to hold off fourth place man Christian Vietoris and take his first ever podium in Formula 3. Rosenzweig’s podium in Zandvoort followed podiums for Oliver Turvey and Jaime Alguersuari in the Formula Renault 3.5 race in Le Mans and of course Ricciardo’s third place at Donington.

Speaking about joining his Carlin team mates in the British series, Rosenzweig said, “I’m really excited to racing in Spa this weekend, it’s always good to get as much race experience as possible and it will be a new challenge to compete in a new championship on different tyres. It was a good confidence boost to finish on the podium at the last Euro Series round at Zandvoort, so I’m hoping to make the most of this opportunity in the British Series this weekend.”

Team Principal Trevor Carlin added, “Spa is always a highlight on the British F3 calendar and is a particular favourite of the team having been the location for our first ever 1-2-3-4 finish last season. As other teams have become more competitive we’re not expecting the same result this year, but we’ll still be aiming for the top step. Spa is a great challenge for all the British F3 drivers; let’s hope they can just get on with racing, rather than playing the team orders game which may have been the case at previous events this year.”

Jaime AlguersuariJaime Alguersuari and Oliver Turvey took a podium each for Carlin Motorsport this weekend, with two third places at the Le Mans round of the Formula Renault 3.5 championship. Alguersuari took third place in the second race today, while Turvey took his consecutive third place in race one yesterday. The Racing Steps Foundation driver had looked good for more solid points today, until a problem in his mandatory pit stop dropped him down the order.

With both Carlin drivers having made it through to Super Pole on Saturday, both Turvey and Alguersuari started in the top 12, Turvey qualifying third, with Alguersuari fifth.

With the top eight reversed for race one yesterday, Alguersuari lined up fourth, with Turvey sixth. Both drivers made a clean start despite a long wait for the lights to go out, although Alguersuari dropped to fourth, while Turvey moved up to fifth. Turvey stayed close to his Carlin team mate for duration of the race, keeping the Spanish racer under pressure until a locked brake on lap 23 caused Alguersuari to run wide, allowing Turvey to surge through to fourth. Unbeknown to Turvey, the British racer had just claimed the final podium spot, with second placed man Marco Barba having been handed a ten second time penalty for exceeding track limits, which also put Alguersuari fourth.

Lining up for race two today, Turvey was third with Alguersuari fifth. At the start Turvey dropped to sixth place, just behind team mate Alguersuari in fifth. With all drivers required to make a mandatory pit stop in today’s race, Alguersuari was the first Carlin driver to pit for new tyres on lap six, returning to the track following a quick stop by the Carlin crew. Team mate Turvey made his stop a few laps later, but a problem with the rear left wheel nut delayed his exit, meaning the British racer lost several places on track.

With all drivers having made their pit stop, Alguersuari had made up one place to lie third, while Turvey had dropped to 13th. Currently the top rookie in the series, Turvey pushed hard to make up for his misfortune in the pits and crossed the line in 11th place. Alguersuari meanwhile took his first Formula Renault 3.5 podium and finished as top rookie.

Commenting on his podium, Alguersuari said, “We had a good race, I think we are definitely making progress, so it was nice to see that rewarded with a third place today. For sure we still have a lot to do, in particular in improving front end grip. We need to focus now on raising our game and arriving at each race with the possibility to win.”

Speaking about his podium on Saturday Turvey said, “Qualifying went well, and we made a good improvement in Super Pole to qualify third. I got a good start and was able to overtake Charles Pic and got alongside Jaime but couldn’t get by. We had good pace and then Jaime made a mistake in turn four and I was able to get past him. I didn’t realise that we were competing for a podium, but it was great to finish third in the reverse grid race.”

Team principal added Trevor Carlin added, “With the quality of the drivers in the team this year, I’m not surprised to see both of them challenging for podiums and once again they have been consistently amongst the front runners all weekend. It’s a great shame that Oliver lost out on a probable fourth place today due to a problem in the pit stop, which wasn’t his fault at all, but he can be very proud of his pace and racing this weekend.”

Alguersuari and TurveyJaime Alguersuari and Oliver Turvey head to the Le Mans circuit in France this week, for the sixth round of the 2009 Formula Renault 3.5 Series. The two rookies, who are in their second year as team mates at Carlin Motorsport will be aiming for the podium again this weekend. Racing Steps backed driver Turvey has already claimed three podiums this season – a win in Monaco and two third places at his home race at Silverstone. Team mate Alguersuari meanwhile – currently second in the rookie championship – is determined to turn his front running pace into a podium finish in Le Mans.

Racing Steps Foundation driver and Cambridge graduate Turvey, currently lies fourth in the overall standings and leads the rookie championship. The 22 year-old racer had a strong outing last time out in Silverstone; qualifying in fourth place and taking two third place finishes in front of his home crowd to close the gap to the championship leaders.

It’s been a busy few weeks for team mate Alguersuari, who has been combining his World Series campaign with his role as reserve and third driver for the Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso F1 teams. The 19 year-old racer, who follows in the footsteps of Sebastian Vettel in combining a World Series drive with Carlin and F1 duties, is one of the youngest drivers in the Formula Renault 3.5 field and is currently eighth in the drivers’ championship.

Speaking ahead of the weekend, Alguersuari said, “I really hope we can win this weekend, as we know we have the pace. With a little bit of work, I’m sure we can continue our strong form in qualifying into the Super Pole session and from there we can challenge for the win, as we know we have the pace in the races. Formula Renault 3.5 is a tough championship; there are a lot of drivers who have been in the series for two or three years, so I think both Oliver and I are doing a good job as rookies.

“It’s been a busy few weeks with World Series and F1 duties, but I don’t mind at all; I’m only 19 and I need as much experience and racing miles as possible. I’m very grateful for the opportunities that have been presented to me in recent weeks and I’m feeling more determined than ever to win in World Series.”

Team mate Turvey added, “I’m looking forward to racing in Le Mans, we had a strong weekend at Silverstone and it really felt like we made a step forward. We did a much better job in Super Pole and to get two podiums shows our progress. I haven’t got too much experience at Le Mans, but it shouldn’t be too much of a problem, I’ve already shown this year that I can learn circuits quickly.”

Track action in Le Mans will kick off with collective practice on Friday from 09.50 local time, with qualifying on Saturday from 09.00. Race one will kick off at 14.00, with race two– including a mandatory pit stop – taking place on Sunday at 13.00.

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.”

Oliver Turvey did the double for Carlin Motorsport today, as the team competed in round 18 of the 2008 British F3 International Series. The Racing Steps Foundation driver took the lead at the start as team mate Brendon Hartley struggled away from the line. Turvey went on to control the race and take his fourth victory of the season, as well as a nine point lead in the championship. Team mate Sam Abay suffered massive last lap disappointment, having looked certain to get his first podium of the season until a last lap incident put him out of the race. Jaime Alguersuari came home in sixth place, while Hartley finished ninth.

In a reverse of race one, it was Hartley on pole, with Oliver Turvey lining up second on the grid. As the lights went out, Hartley seemed to struggle to get away, allowing several cars to pass him off the line. Turvey meanwhile was leading the field to the first corner, with Marcus Ericsson closing in behind him in second.

Sam Abay made a lightening start from his sixth placed grid slot and was third by the end of lap one, while Jaime Alguersuari had made up one place in seventh. Having lost out badly at the start, Hartley was 11th as the field completed the first lap. With overtaking difficult around the 2.2 mile track, Hartley had little chance to make up further positions, but managed to pass Max Chilton for tenth place on lap three.

At the front of the field, Turvey had Ericsson just 0.5 seconds behind him, but withstood the pressure brilliantly to hold his position and set the fastest lap of the race on lap eight. Sam Abay was also under pressure, with Nick Tandy close behind challenging for the final podium spot. The 20 year-old Australian kept Tandy at bay, but on the final lap as the two jostled for position, Abay was tagged and spun off.

Just ahead, Turvey crossed the line to take his fourth victory of the season and take a nine point lead in the championship. The 21 year-old also sealed victory in the Mirror.co.uk British F3 Challenge Cup, his point lead sufficient to hand him the title with four races remaining.

New championship leader Turvey said, “It’s been an almost perfect weekend, we have continued the form we had at Spa; we came here with a good car and found a good set up straight away. Carlin and my mechanics have done a great job so I have to thank them. To win both races here makes up for the disappointment of the second race at Spa. Brendon is usually very quick at the start so I’m not sure what happened to him, all I know is that I was into the first corner first and was able to control the race from there. Hopefully we can hold on to the championship lead for the last few races and win the championship in my first year.”

Team Principal Trevor Carlin had mixed feelings about the team’s performance adding, “Obviously Oliver did a fantastic job, he has driven brilliantly all weekend and is the man on form at the moment. It’s a great shame for Sam who drove an awesome race but was tagged by Tandy on the last lap, which took away what would have been his first podium. Brendon was unable to show his potential after a poor start, but I think both he and Jaime will be even more determined to win at Bucharest next weekend.”

CarlinCarlin Motorsport took a 1-2-3 finish at the team’s home race of the season at Thruxton today, in round 12 of the 2008 British F3 Series. Brendon Hartley drove a flawless race to take his second victory of the day, leading home Oliver Turvey in second place and Jaime Alguersuari in third. Sam Abay crossed the line in ninth place. In the National Class Andy Meyrick made his way through the field to take third place, just ahead of team mate Kristjan Einar in fourth.

It was an all Carlin front row as the lights went out, with Hartley on pole ahead of Racing Steps Foundation driver Turvey. Both drivers made a good getaway, with Turvey challenging for the lead into the first corner. Hartley held his ground however to lead the field across the line for the first time. By lap two, the order was Hartley first, Turvey second with Alguersuari third, while Sam Abay had made a great start to move up to ninth from his 11th placed grid slot. In the National Class, Andy Meyrick was flying, having moved up to third place from the back of the grid.

Hartley saw his 1.6 second lead evaporate on lap 15, as the first and only safety car of the weekend came out following an incident involving Atte Mustonen. As racing recommenced on lap 18, Hartley found himself under pressure from second placed man Turvey, while Alguersuari had Sergio Perez challenging for third. As the cars came round to complete lap 19 all three drivers had maintained their positions, which they held to the chequered flag to take Carlin’s fifth 1-2-3 finish in British F3.

Speaking about his second win of the day, Hartley said, “I’m really pleased to have taken two wins this weekend, it means I’m back in contention for the championship. I made a good start and managed to pull out a bit of a gap on Oliver. The restart was quite difficult, it’s so hard to keep people behind you here and stop them getting a slip stream past, so I was really pleased to keep the lead at the restart. The team have done a fantastic job to give us a great car this weekend. I think all the drivers have worked together very well over the last few weeks to develop a really good set up and it paid off today.”

Team principal Trevor Carlin added, “Obviously it’s a dream weekend for the team. It’s a great result for the technical team back at our factory in Chessington who have done a lot of hard work to help get the cars bang on the pace. I was very impressed with the way the top three drivers raced; they gave nothing away but raced fairly. Hopefully we can build on this at the next race at Brands Hatch.”