NEXTEV TCR driver Oliver Turvey will be able to take part in the Berlin ePrix after the Super GT Championship race he was due to drive in was cancelled.
Turvey has raced in Super GT since April 2015 and has attempted to balance it with his commitments in the FIA Formula E Championship. With there being a round of both series on the weekend of the 21st of May, he had chosen to compete in the Kyushu Super GT race.
However severe earthquakes have affected Kyushu island, leading to the race being cancelled.
Turvey commented, “First of all, my thoughts go out to everyone affected by the earthquakes that have hit Kyushu. It’s understandable that the organisers have had to postpone the Super GT race at Autopolis, but I hope we can race there later in the year for all the fans in the Kyushu region.
“It now means that I am available to race in the next round of the Formula E Championship. I’m looking forward to racing on this new track and will be pushing for a strong points finish.”
NEXTEV had lined up fellow Brit and European Le Mans Series driver Ben Hanley to take Turvey’s place, but he will no longer be needed.
Martin Leach, President of NEXTEV, said “We are pleased that Oliver is able to compete in Berlin for NEXTEV TCR, we just wish it wasn’t under such circumstances”
“Everyone at the team was shocked to hear about the earthquakes and we are thinking about those living on Kyushu. I would also like to say thank you to Ben Hanley for his understanding and wish him well in his racing in the European Le Mans Series this season.”
Turvey has driven solidly this season in Formula E. Despite the poor performance of the NEXTEV car he has managed to get two points finishes and managed to out-qualify and out-race his team mate, current champion Nelson Piquet Jnr.