Formula BMW UK star Oliver Turvey could win a chance to represent Great Britain in the A1 Grand Prix 'World Cup of Motorsport' after it was announced that he will gain a run in the car during a media day at Brands Hatch.

The 2006 McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year, Turvey will take to the 550bhp Lola for the first time when the Kent circuit welcomes the world's media ahead of the new season, a demonstration that is expected to be a prelude to an appearance in the A1 GP rookie sessions before that season is out, according to team principal John Surtees.

"We're delighted to give Oliver a brief run in A1GP next Wednesday," Surtees said. "Oliver has proved himself magnificently both on and off track with some terrific performances in last season's Formula BMW Championship combined with his studies at Cambridge University. For sure if he'd had the budget to compete from the start of last season's championship I'm sure he'd have challenged for the title."

"A1GP offers a unique platform for young drivers to prove themselves on the international stage with each driver's individual ability, rather than the depth of their pockets, being the defining factor. Oliver deserves an opportunity to continue to develop as an emerging talent and I'm delighted that we can give him a chance to get acquainted with the team next week at Brands Hatch with a view to his participation in an A1GP 'Rookie' session very soon."

Turvey, who will join series regular Robbie Kerr in demonstrating the abilities of the A1 GP car, was thrilled to be given the opportunity to expand a repertoire that is rapidly beginning to belie his 19 years of age.

'I'm really excited to join A1 Team Great Britain next week," Turvey commented. "I need opportunities like this to drive fast, powerful race cars and from what I've seen of the A1GP car. It's certainly that as well as a lot of fun to drive. I'm hoping a relationship with A1 Team Great Britain will be good for my career and I'm grateful for the opportunity to spend some time with them at Brands Hatch next week."

 

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