Dunhill Future Champions Award...

FOR RACING STEPS FOUNDATION’S OLIVER TURVEY

Oliver Turvey, the Racing Steps Foundation (RSF) Formula 3 driver for 2008, has received another award.  Judged by Christopher Colfer, CEO of Alfred Dunhill, and the Earl of March of Goodwood, the Dunhill Future Champion recognition is awarded to the race driver seen as the most possible future Championship contender.

With Turvey committed to rounds 13 and 14 of the Formula 3 Championship at Brands Hatch this weekend, RSF Ambassador John Surtees OBE accepted the 21 year old’s award yesterday at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Although hindered by budget constraints in recent years, Turvey has managed to finish second in the 2007 Formula BMW Championship despite missing early races and won the McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Drivers Award. He started in karts aged 8 and was soon spotted by RSF ‘karts guru’, Martin Hines who helped him develop his race driving skills.

John Surtees: “Such is the keen competition in Formula 3 that success has often eluded even some of the most talented. Oliver has demonstrated a consistent combination of speed and results combined with a cerebral approach to his race driving which has impressed us all and which now places him third in the F3 Championship in his first year.”

This is the third Dunhill Future Champion award, the previous being: in 2007 – Michael Conway, the 2006 British F3 Champion who this year is contending GP2 and is a test driver for Honda F1; in 2006 – Gary Paffett who is now a McLaren test driver and is one of Mercedes-Benz’s DTM team drivers.