Turvey wins 2006 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award

Bracknell, 4 December, 2006. Formula BMW UK Championship driver, Oliver Turvey (Team Loctite) last night scooped the prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Award at the Autosport Awards in London and with it an exclusive McLaren Formula One test drive and cheque for £50,000.

The 19-year-old from Penrith, Cumbria edged out five other finalists to claim the coveted prize, awarded to the most promising young British driver. Former winners of the award, David Coulthard and Jenson Button, presented the trophy at a glittering awards ceremony held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane.

Turvey, who is currently studying for an Engineering degree at Cambridge University, finished second in this year's Formula BMW UK Championship, securing an amazing five race wins and seven poles, despite having missed the first six races of the season.

The winner was decided at an intensive two-day selection process at Snetterton in November, where the six nominees were assessed on their driving skills and attitude both on and off the track. The judging panel comprised some of the leading names in motorsport including BRDC President - Damon Hill, Head of Race and Test Engineering at McLaren - Steve Hallam, and former Formula One racer - Martin Brundle.

The prize also includes a test in a GP2 car, a £4,000 'Grand Silverstone' watch and lifetime membership of the BRDC.

Speaking from the Awards ceremony, Turvey commented " It hasn't sunk in yet, I still can't believe it - this is the perfect end to the year for me. Having missed a big chunk of the season, I was really proud to finish second in the Formula BMW UK Championship."

He continued " The budget has always been the hard bit and hopefully this award, and the prestige of winning it, will make things easier next year. This success is down to a lot of people and just makes me want to work harder and focus more. It's given me the confidence to go on to greater things and believe that I can achieve my ambitions. I'm hoping to do Formula Three next year, so the £50,000 prize money will help with that."

Peter Walker, General Manager, Sports Marketing, BMW (UK): "A talented driver and a Cambridge undergraduate, Oliver Turvey is proof that a successful racing career does not have to come at the cost of a good education. His professionalism and determination makes him a worthy winner of this prestigious award. He is a fantastic ambassador for the Formula BMW series and we wish him continued success in his racing career."

-credit: bmw.co.uk