Turvey is all set for flagship Hong Kong E-Prix

Date: Friday 8th March 2019

EDEN’S Oliver Turvey will be lining up for the Hong Kong E-Prix tomorrow as motorsport returns to the BBC for the first time since 2015.

The Formula E race marks the return of live motorsport to terrestrial channel BBC2 and will be broadcast live from 7-30am.

There have been four different winners of the opening four races in the all-electric series, and the championship’s reputation for fiercely competitive wheel-to-wheel racing continues to grow.

Langwathby-born Turvey, who races for the NIO Formula E team, is among five British drivers in the series, which is now in its fifth season. He will be up against former F1 drivers Felipe Massa and Stoffel Vandoorne in Hong Kong — with the world watching as the race broadcasts live across the globe.

Turvey, who started his racing career in karting at the Rowrah circuit, in West Cumbria, became the first racing driver to be awarded a full blue from Cambridge University. Alongside Formula E, he also supports Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris as a test driver for the McLaren Formula 1 team.

The e-prix takes place in the heart of Hong Kong, with the electric racers speeding along the Central Harbourfront against the backdrop of the city’s famous skyline. As is typical in the series, fans will be up close and personal with the drivers as they battle it out on the city streets, with plenty of wheel-to-wheel action expected.

Turvey said: “Hong Kong is one of the most exciting races on the calendar. It’s a central location on the harbour front and has got a fantastic backdrop with the Hong Kong skyline.

“The atmosphere there is always fantastic, there’s always a lot of fans and a lot of interest in Formula E. The track is challenging — it’s got a variety of corners and good straights for overtaking.”

Turvey has raced in Formula E since its first season after plying his trade in GP2 and Le Mans. The series has recently introduced a new second-generation racer, capable of speeds of more than 170 miles per hour.

“It’s super competitive. The level of the drivers in this championship is one of the highest in the world. The format creates these exciting races and the fact that we can follow closely means a lot can happen,” added Turvey.