Turvey hopes to make waves with new team

Date: Monday 7th February 2011

OLIVER Turvey will hope to make waves when he lines up on the GP2 Asia starting grid later this month.

Former Penrith Queen Elizabeth Grammar School student Turvey — tipped as a Formula 1 star of the future — has joined the Ocean Racing Technology team. He will take part in three rounds of competition during the next two months, the first of which starts in the United Arab Emirates on Friday.

“I am very happy that, with my management, we have reached an agreement with Ocean,” he said. “I feel totally ready and completely prepared for the challenge we have to face and I have big ambitions. I always race to win and I think we have everything we need to be competitive.”

Turvey’s team-mate for the 2011 GP2 Asia championship and the GP2 Series which follows later in the year is another highly rated driver, Italian Andrea Caldarelli.

Ocean Racing Technology, owned by Tiago Monteiro and Jose Guedes, was formed at the end of the 2008 season.

“I would like to thank Tiago, his partners and the people who are backing me up for the Asian Championship,” said Turvey, who hails from Langwathby.

The 23-year-old finished sixth in last season’s GP2 campaign and recorded a number of podium finishes during a successful first foray into what is the feeder series for Formula 1.

Turvey’s move to Ocean Racing Technology ends months of uncertainty about his future. Three years of Racing Steps Foundation funding ended last year, meaning he and his management company had to search for sponsors to fund his £2 million budget for 2011.