Tur­vey keeps Ber­lin FE seat af­ter Su­per GT race post­poned

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Oliver Tur­vey will con­test the Ber­lin For­mula E round af­ter the clash­ing Au­topo­lis Su­per GT event was post­poned due to earth­quakes.

The Bri­tish driver’s fac­tory Honda com­mit­ments in Ja­pan meant he was due to be re­placed by Ben Han­ley at the NEXTEV TCR team for the May 21 race. Se­ri­ous earth­quakes around Kyushu is­land, which is around 60 miles south of the Au­topo­lis track, meant Su­per GT or­gan­is­ers post­poned the round last month.

NEXTEV TCR has now con­firmed Tur­vey will race in Ber­lin in­stead.

“We are pleased that Oliver is able to com­pete in Ber­lin, we just wish it wasn’t un­der such cir­cum­stances,” said NEXTEV pres­i­dent Martin Leach. “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.”

Tur­vey is 14th in the FE points, ahead of cham­pion team-mate Nel­son Pi­quet Jr.

Tur­vey started his sec­ond Su­per GT cam­paign with the Drago Mo­dulo Honda team with a 12th at TI Aida last month, shar­ing the NSX Con­cept-gt with Hideki Mu­toh.

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