Since 1998, Amazon Filters Ltd., have been proud to be one of the original sponsors of British Racing Driver, Darren Turner.

Darren Turner

Darren is a works driver for Aston Martin Racing and he currently competes in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). 2015 saw over 35 entries battling it out for World Championship titles. The WEC races on 4 continents and continues to bring the “Spirit of Le Mans” to motorsport fans in the UK, Belgium, Germany, USA, Japan, China and Bahrain.

The cornerstone of the Championship is the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which every season, brings together the crème de la crème of international endurance racing for the greatest sportscar race in the world.

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 racing his own second hand, self-prepared car in Formula First.  His successes soon resulted in Team drives in Formula Vauxhall and Formula Renault Sport, culminating in Darren winning the coveted McLaren / Autosport / BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award. 

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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.  He was third in class at Le Mans for Prodrive in a Ferrari 2004, and a frequent winner in the ASCAR series in Europe.  In 2005 Darren was signed by Prodrive as one of their works drivers in the new Aston Martin DBR9, and in 2006 recorded a second in class at Le Mans, as well as competing in most of the American Le Mans series.  In 2007 and 2008 Darren was a class winner at Le Mans in the Aston, and also won several races for Seat in the BTCC saloon car series in the UK with teammate Jason Plato. 

2009 and 2010 saw Darren competing again at Le Mans, but in the Aston Martin LPM 1 Prototype [based on Lola chassis] alongside a variety of drivers, including Anthony Davidson and Jos Verstappen who have both driven F1, and he also drove the car in the Le Mans Series at circuits around Europe.  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 has raced for Aston Martin in their new GTE car built for the 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. 

Amazon Filters are pleased to have been supporting Darren for so long and wish him continued success in this most competitive sport.

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This entry was posted on 21st Jan 2016