London ePrix reaction: Oliver Turvey “I did everything I could”

Oliver Turvey was running well in his home ePrix and made it through to both Super Pole sessions

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2015/2016 FIA Formula E Championship. London ePrix, Battersea Park, London, United Kingdom. Sunday 3 July 2016. Oliver Turvey (GBR) NEXTEV TCR FormulaE Photo: Zak Mauger/LAT/Formula E 

Twelve months before Turvey was making his Formula E debut around Battersea Park. His return saw him bag a place in the Super Pole shootout on both Saturday and Sunday. The rain gave him a helping hand on Saturday, but on Sunday it was genuine pace that saw the Brit storm up the timesheets. He started third in the first round of the London ePrix, and fourth in the final race of the season.

Despite running well in both ePrix, late-race incidents robbed him of two points-finishing positions.

“Both qualifying sessions went really well and able to nail both the laps,” Turvey said after the race. “To qualify where we did, in 3rd and 4th, was a fantastic result, especially with the package we have. We’re still struggling with this year’s car struggling, it’s been the same all season.”

“In the races it was challenging being that high up the grid with some quick cars around. I did everything I could to try to hold people behind. I think we were sticking well to the energy and it going well in second race. Shame in both races to have issues at the end.”

In the first race, Turvey was involved in an incident with Jean-Eric Vergne which may have contributed to his late crash. In the second round he was running well, before he started to fall down the order with a problem.

“I just brushed the wall, caught the rim and the tyre went flat. Shame to have this issue but I’m just pushing so hard in the race. With the car we have, we have to push much harder than anyone else. It’s a shame to end the race like that.”

Despite being unable to capitalise on his sterling job in qualifying – easily the best of the season – Turvey was still upbeat.

“I was happy with my performance in both qualifying and the races. I did everything I could with the package we have. There was not much more I could have done and obviously  we didn’t get the result but happy with performance I did.”

The third season of Formula E begins on 9th October with the inaugural Hong Kong ePrix.

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