Turvey bags first Formula E podium place
EDEN’S Oliver Turvey secured his — and his team’s — maiden Formula E podium place by finishing second in the Mexico City E-Prix.
With a qualifying lap time that took the 30-year-old through to the super pole shootout, he started the race on the front row of the grid and drove on to claim a long overdue second place.
Luca Filippi endured a more difficult event, but brought the NIO Formula E Team sister car home in 14th position after an eventful race in front of an enthusiastic capacity crowd.
Turvey, who comes from Langwathby, said: “I am absolutely delighted to score mine and the team’s first podium finish. Everyone in the team has worked so hard since last season to gain a huge step forward in performance and we’ve not been able to show this due to a few tough races. But, today was a very good day and I am really pleased for everyone in the team.
“To get the first podium is always the hardest, especially in a championship like Formula E. The level of the teams and drivers is so high now. I’m just really proud to be racing in Formula E and hopefully we can carry this momentum forward and get a race win.”
The NIO team now sit eighth in the championship, having been bottom, while Turvey is ninth in the driver standings.
Gerry Hughes, team principal for NIO, said: “What a roller coaster of a day for the NIO Formula E Team. To come away with a second place after such a thrilling race, which had everyone on the edge of their seats throughout, is a fantastic result for both Oliver and the rest of the team.
“Qualifying was always going to be key here for success in the race and Oliver made the most of both group qualifying and super pole sessions to line up second on the final grid. Upon taking the lead in the race, Oliver then led for the remaining portion of the first stint until the pit stops where, unfortunately, he emerged from the pits in second after suffering a slow pull away from the garage. However, he drove a solid second stint and managed to resist heavy pressure from (Sebasatien) Buemi in the closing stages to clinch NIO’s first podium.
“We must now go away, learn from our experiences in Mexico and bring it to Punta Del Este — harder and faster.”
The 2017-18 ABB FIA Formula E Championship now heads to Uruguay on 17th March for the Punta Del Este E-Prix.