Darren Turner Head Shot

Birth:  13 April 1974 in Camberley, Surrey, UK
Nationality:  British
Lives:  Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire, UK

Darren Turner is one of the UK's most successful and experienced racing drivers. His talent was recognised early in his career when he won the much-coveted McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award, joining an elite group of racers including David Coulthard, Dario Franchitti and Jenson Button.

Darren worked for many years as a test driver for the McLaren F1 Team, alongside a busy racing career in single-seaters, touring cars and sportscars.

Since 2005 Darren has been a key member of the Aston Martin Racing team, a partnership that has seen him win the toughest race of them all, the Le Mans 24 Hours, two years in succession. In his role as works driver for Aston Martin Racing he has successfully competed in GT and LMP1 cars across the globe.

Darren is currently racing the Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE in the FIA World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series. Additionally, he continues in his role as high performance development driver for Aston Martin Lagonda.

Career Highlights

2016

2016 saw Darren compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship in the Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE, where victory in Mexico and a podium finish at Silverstone pitched him into a close fight for the championship. Championship success came in the European Le Mans Series with the Beechdean AMR team.  

2015

In 2015 Darren raced the Aston Martin Vantage GTE in the FIA World Endurance Championship.  After qualifying in third place at Le Mans it looked like he could be on for a good result but a small mistake from a team mate meant that it was all over after eight hours. Le Mans would have to wait for another year.  Unfortunately the pace shown at Le Mans was rewarded with a big change in the Balance of Performance settings for the Aston Martin so the next few races were very difficult. This was fully addressed in time for the last race in Bahrain and Darren duly took a podium finish. 

2014

Another busy year for Darren began with two 24-hour races in January: Dubai and Daytona. When the FIA World Endurance Championship season got underway in April, Darren was quick to grab a podium finish for Aston Martin with his long-time teammate Stefan Mucke.  Despite leading the GTE Pro class of the Le Mans 24 Hours, power steering problems put paid to a repeat of Darren’s two previous victories at La Sarthe.  The Nurburgring 24 Hours fell just a few days after Le Mans in 2014 but Darren and Stefan managed to take their best finish so far at the ‘Green Hell’: a very hard-fought fifth place. A one-off appearance in the TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GT3 at Silverstone in the summer produced Darren’s first GT Open victory and he rounded off the season with an emphatic win at the Brazilian FIA WEC round, his second WEC victory of the season. 

2013

Darren started 2013 with a podium finish at the Dubai 24 Hours where he drove the Craft Racing AMR GT3 Aston Martin.  The FIA World Endurance Championship season got off to a great start with a perfect result at Silverstone, with Darren, Stefan and Bruno Senna taking pole position and the race victory.  More wins and podiums followed - including another Le Mans podium - and the pair arrived at the season finale in Bahrain with a shot at the world title. It wasn’t to be as they were stopped in their tracks with a technical problem. Darren also raced at the Nurburgring 24 Hours where he took a top 10 finish.

2012

Aston Martin Racing debuted a new car in 2012: the Aston Martin Vantage GTE. Darren and his team-mate, Stefan Mucke, raced the Vantage in the new FIA World Endurance Championship, making steady progress throughout the car’s development season. They took podium finishes at Sebring, Le Mans, Silverstone, Sao Paulo, Bahrain and Fuji before taking the first win for the new car at Shanghai.  Darren also returned to Australia to race in the Gold Coast 600 round of the V8 Supercars championship with the Holden Racing Team and competed in the Nurburgring 24 Hours for Aston Martin.

2011

Darren raced in the FIA GT1 World Championship again in 2011 in the Young Driver AMR DBR9. With Stefan Mucke he took seven podiums and a win, finishing the season as championship runner-up. He also competed in the early part of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup and the Le Mans 24 Hours in the Aston Martin AMR One and the Nurburgring 24 Hours with Aston Martin Lagonda. In October Darren was drafted in by HRT to race with James Courtney in the Gold Coast 600 V8 Supercar event in place of the late Dan Wheldon.

2010

As an Official Works Driver for Aston Martin Racing, Darren competed in the inaugural FIA GT1 World Championship in 2010. Driving for the Young Driver AMR team, Darren and his team-mate, Tomas Enge, raced the DBR9 all over the world, from the Middle East, through Europe and onto South Africa and South America. They finished fourth in the championship and won races at the Nurburgring and Interlagos. Darren also raced in the Le Mans Series in the JMW Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage GT2, alongside Rob Bell. He made his return to the Le Mans 24 Hours in the Aston Martin LMP1 car and was on for an astounding fourth place overall, behind the 1-2-3 factory Audis, before his car retired in the 24th hour!

2009

In 2009 Darren competed in the Le Mans Series and the Le Mans 24 Hours in the Aston Martin LMP1 car, which he qualified on the front row of the grid first time out. He played a key role in Aston Martin Racing winning the 2010 Le Mans Series Teams' title.

He also raced the brand-new Nissan GT-R in selected rounds of the FIA GT Championship, taking a stunning podium in the car's first ever 24 hour race at Spa in July.

2008

This was the year that Darren did the double with another victory at Le Mans in the DBR9, this time with Antonio Garcia and David Brabham. A full season in the BTCC saw Darren take more victories for SEAT Sport and he even found the time to enter his first Grand Am race: The Rolex 24 at Daytona with Krohn Racing, and finished a fantastic fourth. He was now also working with the Toyota F1 team, developing their race simulator. He topped off another great year of racing with a podium finish for the Gigawave Motorsport team at the Spa 24 Hours.

2007

The highlight of 2007 is without doubt the first victory at Le Mans for the Aston Martin DBR9 in the hands of Darren, David Brabham and Rickard Rydell. Darren also completed his first full season in the BTCC where he claimed three victories and two pole positions for SEAT Sport. He raced in a number of other sportscar events in the USA and Europe and began to work with Red Bull Racing to help the F1 team develop their race simulator.

2006

A return to Le Mans with Aston Martin produced a second place class finish. This was a busy year for Darren as he completed most of the American Le Mans Series, winning two races, including the prestigious Petit Le Mans, and made his debut in the BTCC with SEAT Sport, where he finished on the podium in his first race.

2005

As a works driver for Aston Martin Racing, Darren was a key member of the squad that competed at Le Mans in 2005. Third in class at the first attempt was just reward for a lot of hard work, including 10,000 miles of testing in the new car. Darren also competed in many more races in the DBR9, taking a class win at Sebring and in the Nürburgring 1000kms.

2004

Darren got the call up from Aston Martin Racing to be the chief test and development driver on their new DBR9 sportscar project. He also raced the Prodrive Ferrari 550 to a third place class finish at the Le Mans 24 Hours, alongside team-mates Colin McRae and Rickard Rydell.

2003

Sportscars beckoned for Darren and he competed in the FIA GT Championship with Team Maranello Concessionaires; the Sebring 12 Hours and Le Mans 24 Hours with Veloqx Prodrive Racing, and the Miami round of the American Le Mans Series where he won the GTS class. He also continued to test for McLaren.

2002

Darren returned to the UK to take part in a new series called ASCAR, the British version of NASCAR, where he took six race wins during the season.

 

2001

Darren was snapped up by Team Rosberg Mercedes in 2000 to become a works driver for two seasons in the German Touring Car (DTM) Series. He also continued his testing duties for the McLaren Mercedes F1 team.

 

2000

Darren was snapped up by Team Rosberg Mercedes in 2000 to become a works driver for two seasons in the German Touring Car (DTM) Series. He also continued his testing duties for the McLaren Mercedes F1 team.

 

Pre 2000

Darren got his first taste of the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1999 when he became a member of the AMG Mercedes squad. He won the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award in 1996 and was soon out testing for the McLaren, Jordan and Arrows F1 Teams. McLaren snapped him up and he remained with the Woking-based team until 2006 as test driver and official driver of the McLaren Mercedes? two-seater Grand Prix car programme. Prior to this Darren had a strong start to his racing career in various single-seater categories, including Formula Palmer Audi where he was Championship Runner-Up, Formula 3, Formula Renault, Formula Vauxhall and Formula First.