Ben Hanley will replace NEXTEV TCR driver Oliver Turvey at the eighth round of the 2015/16 FIA Formula E Championship. Turvey will unfortunately miss the round in Germany due to other commitments in the Super GT Championship.
“I am delighted to be joining NEXTEV TCR for the Berlin round of the 2015/16 Formula E Championship,” said Hanley. “Formula E has grown to be one of the most exciting racing Championships, and I’m looking forward to racing against some of the best drivers in the world.
The technology in Formula E is very different to any other racing series, so it will be a challenge to get to grips with a very unique type of car, but I will be giving it my all to deliver the best possible result for the team. I would like to thank NEXTEV TCR for giving me this opportunity.”
Hanley, who will also race in LMP2 during the European Le Mans Series this season, is the winner of six British National and International karting titles as well as previously competing in the Italian Formula Renault 2.0 championship, and claimed two wins to become the runner up in the 2007 Formula Renault 3.5 championship. Martin Leach, President of NEXTEV TCR, said: “…We are delighted to welcome Ben to the team for the Berlin race. Ben has an impressive race history in both karting and single-seaters and we are confident that he is the perfect driver to fill in for Oliver.
Although it is Ben’s first experience of racing in Formula E, we are confident that he has the right skills and attitude to do a good job for the team.” Turvey is expected to return to the FIA Formula E Championship following his absence from the German ePrix and will continue to race alongside teammate the 2014/15 Champion Nelson Piquet Jr.