Oliver Turvey is in a confident mood as he heads into the final round of this year's British Formula 3 Championship at Donington Park as the best placed driver to win the title.
Carlin Motorsport come to the final round with the envious 'dilemma' of having three drivers who are capable of wrapping up this season's title, with Turvey being challenged by Jaime Alguersuari and Brendon Hartley, while Sergio Perez is the only non-Carlin racer capable of denying the team.
Turvey has the advantage though, holding a 12 points advantage over Alguersuari, 30 points over Hartley and 39 points over Perez.
Much of that gap can be attributed to a scintillating run of form over the second half of the season, the rookie driver finishing on the podium in nine of the last ten races. Having won at Donington Park during Formula BMW, Turvey is confident of following in the footsteps of Marko Asmer and Mike Conway
“I'm excited about the weekend,” he said. “I think we're in the strongest position ahead of the final two races, so I'm feeling confident. We're going to approach this weekend as any other and aim to do the same as we have at the last few races.
“I've got good memories of Donington, I won there in Formula BMW, and it's a very fast and flowing track, which suits my driving style.”
Alguersuari is equally optimistic that he will be a force to be reckoned with, particularly if Turvey has a problem.
“I hope to win, its not going to be easy though. As we are team mates, I know that if I am fast, Oliver will be fast as well. I don't want to think about what any of the other drivers are doing, I just want to concentrate on my own racing and win both races.”
Hartley, who has been impressing on the European stage recently, admits he is probably out of the realistic title fight, despite winning more races than any other driver this season.
“I'll just do what I can, and treat it like a normal race weekend. I don't really fancy my chances of winning the title, as it depends on what Jaime and Oliver do as well as my own performance. I'll be going to Donington aiming to win both races, what happens other than that is beyond my control, so we'll have to see how it goes.”