British F3 International Series title hopeful Oliver Turvey has been given a boost ahead of this weekend's event at Silverstone after being awarded the first ever Cambridge Blue for motor sport.

The Extraordinary Full Blue was presented to the 21 year-old Carlin driver, who has combined his racing with engineering course at Cambridge University, during a ceremony at Silverstone by secretary of Cambridge University Men's Blues Committee, Dr John Little.

"I'm immensely proud to be receiving this award," Turvey admitted. "It's a huge honour for me personally, long overdue recognition for motorsport generally and is a welcome reflection of the tremendous support I've received over the years from so many people.

"It's been an extraordinary year for me in more ways than one. The Racing Steps Foundation stepped in and saved my racing career with a fully-funded drive with Carlin Motorsport, the most successful team in F3. I've come through my third year at university successfully and now I'm to get a Full Blue.

"The plan now is to cap it off with the F3 Championship."

Turvey's Full Blue is the latest in a line of awards handed down, which includes the prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC young driver award and a place on the new BDRC Superstars scheme put in place earlier this year.

BRDC president Damon Hill was amongst those present as Turvey was handed his award and said it was a worthy honour for the youngster.

"His commitment to his education, in addition to his driving career is unusual in motor sport and sets new standards of aspiration and attainment," he said. "But none of this additional talent would be enough if he could not also deliver as a driver. Fortunately, he has repeatedly shown he is eminently capable of doing just that."

During the course of the Silverstone weekend Turvey will receive further recognition as on Saturday, Racing Steps Foundation ambassador John Surtees is to present him with the Dunhill 'Future Champion' prize.

The award, made last month by Goodwood Festival of Speed founder Lord March, aims to pinpoint the up-and-coming British driver with the best chance of lifting a top motorsport title.

"Oliver has real championship potential," he said. "He possesses the quiet determination, intelligence and on-track ability to get to the very top of motor sport and thoroughly deserves to do so.

"I have watched him since his early karting days and been most impressed by his approach and attitude, often under quite difficult circumstances. He is a thinking driver with the detailed engineering knowledge that is needed in today's technological age. This enables him to provide the informed feedback that allows him and his team to compete at the front.

"Without doubt the way he has performed in F3 so far - particularly over the last few rounds - augurs extremely well for the future. He is a credit to his family, university and Fitzwilliam College which has worked behind the scenes to accommodate his racing activities. He thoroughly deserves his Blue."

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