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Turvey admits: I need £2m to continue in GP2

McLaren Driver Development programme man Oliver Turvey needs to raise £2 million if he is to compete in GP2 again in 2011 and make the first GP2 Asia Series race in Abu Dhabi on February 10-12.

Britain's Oliver Turvey has confirmed that he is struggling to put together the necessary funds to allow him to compete in GP2 again in 2011.

Turvey, who tested for McLaren alongside Gary Paffett in Abu Dhabi back in November, finished sixth in the 'main' GP2 Series last year with iSport, notching up four podiums along the way.

Speaking to The Cumberland News recently he revealed that he has less than two weeks left now to raise around £2 million if he is to take in the opening GP2 Asia Series race in Abu Dhabi on February 10-12.

“If I don't raise the budget then my development as a F1 driver would receive quite a set-back," he told the 'paper. "I still have the support of McLaren, which is important, and they are keen to keep me for another year.

“The budgets vary from team to team but it is around £2m that I need to raise, so I need to try to find a couple of investors to split the budget between them.

“It is very late now and we were hoping to have it sorted before Christmas as some of the top teams have already signed up drivers.

“We've only a couple of weeks before the start of the [GP2 Asia Series] championship and I'm still trying to find a drive.

“It's very frustrating that the hardest part of motorsport is getting the racing budget.

"Talented drivers can't race if they don't have money – and many of them don't even get as far as GP2,” he added.



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JOHN - Unregistered

January 12, 2011 12:00 AM

He has the support of McLaren. (Or so he says). Why dont they chip in then? After all they paid a £50m fine a few years ago and £2m is only their catering budget.

Gary - Unregistered

January 11, 2011 10:20 PM

Would be a great shame if he cant get the funds.! Come on Mclaren get ya wallet out, no point being a Mclaren development driver if you not going to help fund a drive for him!!!!!!!!!!!



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