Turner joins JMW for LMS season
|By Hugh Podmore||Wednesday, March 10th 2010, 11:18 GMT|
Darren Turner will race for JMW Motorsport in the Le Mans Series this season.
The 36-year-old former McLaren test driver will race an Aston Martin Vantage alongside team-mate Rob Bell, a drive which will tally with his participation in the FIA GT1 World Championship this year - in which he will also be driving an Aston Martin.
"I'm very happy to be joining JMW Motorsport for 2010," said Turner. "The team has already won the LMS GT2 title twice, outlining their winning capabilities. It's good to be teaming up with Rob again as we have won together before."
The team had previously signed Richard Westbrook for the seat, but after the demise of the FIA GT2 championship, Westbrook's Prospeed team decided to commit to the Le Mans Series. Westbrook was therefore contractually obliged to remain with Prospeed, so the vacancy at JMW arose for Turner.
JMW Motorsport team boss Jim McWhirter believes Turner's experience will be an asset to the team.
"This underlines our commitment to this championship and adds yet another strength to our very motivated team ethos," he said. "Darren brings a wealth of experience to the team as well as a working knowledge of the Vantage V8 GT2."
The opening race of the LMS will be the eight-hour race at Paul Ricard on April 11.