Carlin Motorsport has completed its World Series by Renault driver line-up by promoting Oliver Turvey alongside Jaime Alguersuari for the 2009 season.
With the Spaniard being confirmed by the team yesterday, his team-mate and arch-rival through the 2008 British Formula 3 season will follow in his footsteps to make up an all-new pairing for the team.
A former winner of the McLaren Autosport BRDC award and a member of the Racing Steps Foundation, Turvey comes to the series having led the British F3 Championship in his rookie year until the closing stages when Alguersuari snatched it away from him at the final round.
However, although he was tipped to pursue a berth in the GP2 Series, 21-year-old Turvey is adamant that remaining with the Carlin team in the World Series is more beneficial to him in the long-term.
"I'm very excited to be racing in World Series this year and grateful once again for the support of the Racing Steps Foundation. The World Series car requires a completely different style of driving compared to the F3 car, but in the final stages of winter testing I really began to understand how to get the best from the car, and I can't wait to get back out on track again.
“I'm very pleased to be staying with Carlin after such a successful season with the team last year and I expect us to be achieving the same level of results in World Series as we did last season in F3.”
With Turvey and Alguersuari choosing to further their careers with Carlin, team manager Trevor Carlin was delighted to be welcoming both drivers back to his fold.
"Oliver was a huge asset to the team in 2008. He is a very talented and intelligent driver and we're delighted that the Racing Steps Foundation have entrusted us with taking Oliver to the next step in World Series by Renault. Oliver's performance in testing so far has been extremely encouraging and I expect to see the same great performance from him in the World Series car as we saw in F3.
"It's a testament to the team that Oliver and Jaime will continue their careers with Carlin, and I know that their healthy and competitive relationship will push them and the team forward. We have a very strong driver line-up and it's our full intention that Carlin win the World Series title this season."