Oliver Turvey has completed CEFC TRSM Racing’s lineup for next month’s FIA World Endurance Championship season-opening Six Hours of Spa, the team has confirmed.
Turvey will join Alex Brundle and Oliver Rowland at the wheel of the No. 6 Ginetta G60-LT-P1 Mecachrome for the 2018-19 season.
While having focused primarily on his duties in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship with NIO in recent years, Turvey had been eyeing a full-time sports car racing return, having tested with United Autosports during the off-season.
A deal with Manor sees the 2014 Le Mans LMP2 class winner make his LMP1 debut.
“After winning at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in LMP2, it has always been my aim to race in the top category and to challenge for the overall victory,” he said.
“I would like to thank my NIO Formula E team for allowing me to take up this opportunity and I am very grateful to Graeme Lowdon, John Booth and all at CEFC TRSM Racing for selecting me to race with their team in LMP1.
“I can’t wait to get in the car for the first round of the WEC at Spa.”
Lowdon, the team’s president sporting director, described Turvey as another “big talent” joining its two-car effort.
“He has vast experience in sports cars including three 24 Hours of Le Mans which is, of course, beneficial for us,” he said.
“We are very happy and confident with our completed driver lineup and we have been working hard since the Prologue to ensure that we are in the best possible shape for the first race at Spa in a few weeks time.
“Although it will be a big challenge for all of the new LMP1-NH teams, we are now just keen to go racing.”
The team’s No. 5 Ginetta will be driven by Dean Stoneman, Leo Roussel and Charlie Robertson at Spa and Le Mans, with at least one of the drivers understood to be on only a partial-season deal.