Oliver Turvey to race in Japanese Super GT championship in 2015
McLaren-Honda test and development driver Oliver Turvey will dovetail his Formula 1 duties with a full racing season in the exciting Japanese Super GT sports car championship.
Oliver has already cultivated a strong reputation in sports car racing – taking class victory at last year’s Le Mans 24 Hours enduro classic.
For 2015, he joins Drago Modulo Honda Racing, where he will partner 2010 champion Takashi Kogure.
The Super GT championship consists of eight rounds – at Okayama, Fuji Speedway, Suzuka, Sugo, Autopolis, Motegi, and a round at Thailand’s Chang International Circuit. The events ranging in distance from the shorter 250-300km ‘sprint’ races, to the blue-riband Suzuka 1000km, held in August.
“I love Japanese culture, and have been really impressed by the passion for motorsport in the country,” said Oliver. “The Super GT championship offers a very high level of competition, with many experienced and successful drivers, and will be a great challenge for me.
“Racing for Honda is also a fantastic opportunity – to join one of the most historic motorsport manufacturers in the world is a real privilege and an honour.”