Amazon Filters Ltd are one of the original Sponsors of Darren Turner, starting as we did in 1998, and we have continued that sponsorship throughout his career, and taken delight in his many winning drives. His Career, since we have known Darren, has seen him employed by some of the big names in motorsport and taken him into several different race series driving cars such as the single seater Palmer Audi; Mercedes in DTM and Seat in BTCC saloon series; ASCAR; Aston Martin’s LMP 1 prototypes and their cars built for the World Series in GT1 and now GTE, in the world Endurance Championship.
Darren grew up karting from a young age and was a winner in Junior and then Senior events. He then graduated to single seater cars in Formula First; Formula Vauxhall; Formula Renault and Formula 3.
In 1996 Darren won the coveted McLaren / Autosport / BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award.
Early in 1998 Darren needed sponsorship to pay for a seat in the new Formula Palmer Audi single seater series, and Amazon joined a small enthusiastic group to help fund his career through this next phase. Darren was a winner and front runner throughout the season with the final series result being fought for at the very last meeting, ending up with Darren second overall.
Darren’s career moved on, and he drove for two years as a Mercedes driver in the prestigious DTM saloon series in Germany; was in the Mercedes Le Mans Team in 1999 and a test driver for the McLaren Formula 1 Team for 9 years.
During the 2000/2009 period he was a regular at the Le Mans 24 hour race with two podiums – driving a Ferrari and later an Aston Martin. In 2004 he became a works driver for Aston Martin and had two class wins for them at Le Mans, and also won the Sebring 12 hour race and Nurburgring 1000km.
In between his Aston Martin commitments, Darren was a frequent winner in the ASCAR series in Europe; competed in the American Le Mans series and a frequent race winner for Seat in the BTCC saloon car series in the UK, with teammate Jason Plato.
In 2010 and 2011, Darren also had successful full seasons in the FIA GT1 world championship with the ‘Young Driver AMR’ team’s DBR9.
From 2012 Darren raced for Aston Martin in their new GTE car built for the FIA World Endurance Championship, which has the Le Mans 24 hour race as its major event, but also includes eight other 6 hour races at circuits around the world, gaining many wins and podiums, including his third class win at Le Mans in 2017.
Amazon Filters are pleased to have been supporting Darren for so long and wish him continued success in this most competitive sport