Darren Turner (born 13 April 1974) is a British professional racing driver and owner of Base Performance Simulators. He races for Aston Martin Racing as a factory driver and also works as a high performance test driver for Aston Martin.

He was McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year in 1996. He is a former test driver for the McLaren Formula One team, but has raced primarily in touring cars and sportscars since 2000. He spent 2 years in the DTM for Keke Rosberg's Mercedes-Benz-powered team, also winning several ASCAR races. In 2006 he raced sportscars for Aston Martin, but also competed five rounds of the British Touring Car Championship for SEAT, sharing their 2nd car with James Thompson. In his first drive for the team he finished 3rd.

He remained with the team for 2007, now full-time team-mate to Plato. Luck was again against him at Rockingham – after qualifying on pole the car had an electrical failure before race one. His first win came in race 11 at Croft [1], with two more at Knockhill.

Turner driving for SEAT at the Oulton Park round of the 2007 British Touring Car Championship.

As well as driving for SEAT in the BTCC, Darren also competed in the 2007 Le Mans 24 Hours, competing in the GT1 class driving for Prodrive Aston Martin Racing alongside David Brabham and Rickard Rydell. After a tense fight against the Corvette Racing Corvette C6.R of Johnny O'Connell, Jan Magnussen and Ron Fellows, the Aston prevailed to win a Le Mans class race for the first time since the return of Aston Martin to endurance sportscar racing.

He opened his 2008 racing season by competing in the Rolex 24 finishing 4th in class and overall sharing a Krohn Racing Pontiac-Riley with Niclas Jonsson and Ricardo Zonta. At the 2008 24 Hours of Le Mans Turner won the GT1 class (13th overall) driving an Aston Martin DBR9 shared with David Brabham and Antonio García.

Turner also participated in the Gold Coast 600 race as part of the 2011 International V8 Supercars Championship. He entered the race as a replacement driver to Dan Wheldon, who was scheduled to drive in the race but was killed in a 15-car crash at the IndyCar World Championship race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, less than a week before the race.

In 2012, Turner competed in the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship season with Aston Martin Racing in the GTE-Pro class Aston Martin Vantage.

In the 80th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2012, Turner and the Aston Martin Racing finished third place in the GTE-Pro class along with his co-drivers the German Stefan Mücke and the Mexican Adrián Fernández, their Aston Martin Vantage 4.5 L-V8 covered a total of 332 laps (2,811.65 miles), in the Circuit de la Sarthe without failure or serious mechanical problems. Also the team achieved the fastest lap of the category with 3 minutes and 54.928 seconds.[1][2]

Turner continued to race for Aston Martin Racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship until 2020, notching up numerous victories, the biggest of which was his third 24 Hours of Le Mans win, which came in 2017. He raced the #97 Aston Martin Vantage GTE to a class win in GTE Pro, alongside Jonny Adam and Daniel Serra. It was Turner who took the GTE pole position for the 2017 race with a time that broke the lap record.

Darren continues to race, competing in events including the Nürburgring 24 Hours.

As a high performance development driver for Aston Martin, Turner has worked on the development of cars including the Aston Martin Vulcan and the Aston Martin Valkyrie.

Turner is also a regular competitor at the Goodwood Revival and in 2018 he was named "Rolex Driver of the Meeting" in recognition of his performances at the event.


Racing record

Complete Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2000 Team Rosberg AMG-Mercedes CLK-DTM HOC
1

12
HOC
2

8
OSC
1

13
OSC
2

Ret
NOR
1

11
NOR
2

12
SAC
1

8
SAC
2

8
NÜR
1

15
NÜR
2

8
LAU
1

C
LAU
2

C
OSC
1

DNS
OSC
2

DNS
NÜR
1

13
NÜR
2

11
HOC
1

10
HOC
2

6
14th 19
2001 Team Rosberg AMG-Mercedes CLK-DTM HOC
QR

6
HOC
CR

8
NÜR
QR

9
NÜR
CR

16
OSC
QR

14
OSC
CR

DSQ
SAC
QR

9
SAC
CR

Ret
NOR
QR

Ret
NOR
CR

11
LAU
QR

10
LAU
CR

9
NÜR
QR

Ret
NÜR
CR

8
A1R
QR

14
A1R
CR

10
ZAN
QR

15
ZAN
CR

8
HOC
QR

9
HOC
CR

8
15th 15

24 Hours of Le Mans results

The #97 Aston Martin Vantage V8 during the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans
The #95 Aston Martin Vantage AMR at the 6 Hours of Spa 2018
Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2003 United Kingdom Veloqx Prodrive Racing United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
United Kingdom Kelvin Burt
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello GTS 176 DNF DNF
2004 United Kingdom Prodrive Racing United Kingdom Colin McRae
Sweden Rickard Rydell
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello GTS 329 9th 3rd
2005 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Australia David Brabham
France Stéphane Sarrazin
Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 333 9th 3rd
2006 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Czech Republic Tomáš Enge
Italy Andrea Piccini
Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 350 6th 2nd
2007 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Australia David Brabham
Sweden Rickard Rydell
Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 343 5th 1st
2008 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Australia David Brabham
Spain Antonio García
Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 344 13th 1st
2009 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
Netherlands Jos Verstappen
Lola-Aston Martin B09/60 LMP1 342 13th 11th
2010 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Denmark Juan Barazi
United Kingdom Sam Hancock
Lola-Aston Martin B09/60 LMP1 368 DNF DNF
2011 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Germany Stefan Mücke
Austria Christian Klien
Aston Martin AMR-One LMP1 4 DNF DNF
2012 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Germany Stefan Mücke
Mexico Adrián Fernández
Aston Martin Vantage GTE GTE
Pro
332 19th 3rd
2013 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Germany Stefan Mücke
United Kingdom Peter Dumbreck
Aston Martin Vantage GTE GTE
Pro
314 17th 3rd
2014 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Germany Stefan Mücke
Brazil Bruno Senna
Aston Martin Vantage GTE GTE
Pro
310 35th 6th
2015 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Germany Stefan Mücke
United Kingdom Rob Bell
Aston Martin Vantage GTE GTE
Pro
110 DNF DNF
2016 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Denmark Marco Sørensen
Denmark Nicki Thiim
Aston Martin Vantage GTE GTE
Pro
338 23rd 5th
2017 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing United Kingdom Jonathan Adam
Brazil Daniel Serra
Aston Martin Vantage GTE GTE
Pro
340 17th 1st
2018 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Denmark Nicki Thiim
Denmark Marco Sørensen
Aston Martin Vantage AMR GTE
Pro
339 23rd 8th
2019 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Denmark Nicki Thiim
Denmark Marco Sørensen
Aston Martin Vantage AMR GTE
Pro
132 DNF DNF

Complete British Touring Car Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position – 1 point awarded in first race) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap – 1 point awarded all races) (* signifies that driver lead race for at least one lap – 1 point awarded all races)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Pos Pts
2006 SEAT Sport UK SEAT León BRH
1
BRH
2
BRH
3
MON
1
MON
2
MON
3
OUL
1
OUL
2
OUL
3
THR
1

3
THR
2

5
THR
3

Ret
CRO
1
CRO
2
CRO
3
DON
1

12
DON
2

9
DON
3

4
SNE
1
SNE
2
SNE
3
KNO
1

10
KNO
2

DSQ
KNO
3

4
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

Ret
BRH
3

DNS
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

10
SIL
3

6
14th 41
2007 SEAT Sport UK SEAT León BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

4
BRH
3

DSQ
ROC
1

Ret
ROC
2

6
ROC
3

3
THR
1

3
THR
2

Ret
THR
3

6
CRO
1

4
CRO
2

1*
CRO
3

5
OUL
1

Ret
OUL
2

7
OUL
3

3
DON
1

12
DON
2

6
DON
3

9
SNE
1

6
SNE
2

4
SNE
3

9
BRH
1

3
BRH
2

Ret
BRH
3

15
KNO
1

1*
KNO
2

1*
KNO
3

7
THR
1

18
THR
2

11
THR
3

6
6th 160
2008 SEAT Sport UK SEAT León TDI BRH
1

4
BRH
2

5
BRH
3

Ret
ROC
1

2
ROC
2

3*
ROC
3

Ret
DON
1

19
DON
2

4
DON
3

1*
THR
1

6
THR
2

4
THR
3

16
CRO
1

15
CRO
2

9
CRO
3

Ret
SNE
1

2
SNE
2

19*
SNE
3

16
OUL
1

6
OUL
2

Ret
OUL
3

16
KNO
1

Ret
KNO
2

8
KNO
3

1*
SIL
1

3
SIL
2

Ret
SIL
3

19
BRH
1

7
BRH
2

Ret
BRH
3

12
8th 133

Complete GT1 World Championship results

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pos Points
2010 Young Driver AMR Aston Martin DBR9 ABU
QR

Ret
ABU
CR

11
SIL
QR

4
SIL
CR

EX
BRN
QR

2
BRN
CR

2
PRI
QR

10
PRI
CR

16
SPA
QR

10
SPA
CR

6
NÜR
QR

1
NÜR
CR

1
ALG
QR

4
ALG
CR

10
NAV
QR

Ret
NAV
CR

4
INT
QR

2
INT
CR

10
SAN
QR

10
SAN
CR

15
4th 104
2011 Young Driver AMR Aston Martin DBR9 ABU
QR

Ret
ABU
CR

5
ZOL
QR

Ret
ZOL
CR

7
ALG
QR

4
ALG
CR

2
SAC
QR

3
SAC
CR

3
SIL
QR

Ret
SIL
CR

Ret
NAV
QR

6
NAV
CR

Ret
PRI
QR

3
PRI
CR

2
ORD
QR

7
ORD
CR

5
BEI
QR

2
BEI
CR

1
SAN
QR

DNS
SAN
CR

DNS
2nd 120

Complete V8 Supercar results

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Final Pos Points
2011 Holden Racing Team Holden VE Commodore YMC
R1
YMC
R2
ADE
R3
ADE
R4
HAM
R5
HAM
R6
PER
R7
PER
R8
PER
R9
WIN
R10
WIN
R11
HDV
R12
HDV
R13
TOW
R14
TOW
R15
QLD
R16
QLD
R17
QLD
R18
PHI
Q
PHI
R19
BAT
R20
SUR
R21

14
SUR
R22

6
SYM
R23
SYM
R24
SAN
R25
SAN
R26
SYD
R27
SYD
R28
59th 165
2012 Holden Racing Team Holden VE Commodore ADE
R1
ADE
R2
SYM
R3
SYM
R4
HAM
R5
HAM
R6
PER
R7
PER
R8
PER
R9
PHI
R10
PHI
R11
HDV
R12
HDV
R13
TOW
R14
TOW
R15
QLD
R16
QLD
R17
SMP
R18
SMP
R19
SAN
Q
SAN
R20
BAT
R21
SUR
R22

7
SUR
R23

17
YMC
R24
YMC
R25
YMC
R26
WIN
R27
WIN
R28
SYD
R29
SYD
R30
NC 0 +

+ Not eligible for points.

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Class Car Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Rank Points
2012 Aston Martin Racing LMGTE Pro Aston Martin Vantage GTE Aston Martin 4.5 L V8 SEB
3
SPA
Ret
LMS
3
SIL
2
SÃO
2
BHR
2
FUJ
3
SHA
1
35th 7
2013 Aston Martin Racing LMGTE Pro Aston Martin Vantage GTE Aston Martin 4.5 L V8 SIL
1
SPA
4
LMS
3
SÃO
2
COA
Ret
FUJ
1
SHA
1
BHR
Ret
3rd 125.5
2014 Aston Martin Racing LMGTE Pro Aston Martin Vantage GTE Aston Martin 4.5 L V8 SIL
3
SPA
4
LMS
10
COA
1
FUJ
9
SHA
Ret
BHR
2
SÃO
1
5th 102
2015 Aston Martin Racing LMGTE Pro Aston Martin Vantage GTE Aston Martin 4.5 L V8 SIL
5
SPA
5
LMS
Ret
NÜR
6
COA
6
FUJ
6
SHA
6
BHR
3
10th 67
2016 Aston Martin Racing LMGTE Pro Aston Martin Vantage GTE Aston Martin 4.5 L V8 SIL
3
SPA
Ret
LMS
2
NÜR
5
MEX
1
COA
5
FUJ
6
SHA
Ret
BHR
5
6th 115
2017 Aston Martin Racing LMGTE Pro Aston Martin Vantage GTE Aston Martin 4.5 L V8 SIL
7
SPA
7
LMS
1
NÜR
7
MEX
Ret
COA
5
FUJ
6
SHA
7
BHR
6
7th 101
2018–19 Aston Martin Racing LMGTE Pro Aston Martin Vantage AMR Aston Martin 4.0 L Turbo V8 SPA
7
LMS
5
SIL FUJ SHA SEB
9
SPA
LMS
Ret
18th 25
2019–20 Aston Martin Racing LMGTE Am Aston Martin Vantage AMR Aston Martin 4.0 L Turbo V8 SIL
2
FUJ
11
SHA
3
BHR
2
COA
2
SPA LMS BHR 11th 78.5

Complete WeatherTech SportsCar Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Class Make Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos. Points
2014 Aston Martin Racing GTLM Aston Martin Vantage GTE Aston Martin 4.5 V8 DAY
8
SEB LBH LGA WGL MOS IMS ELK VIR COA PET 40th 24
2015 Aston Martin Racing GTLM Aston Martin Vantage GTE Aston Martin 4.5 V8 DAY
6
SEB
6
LBH LGA WGL MOS ELK VIR COA PET 19th 52
2020 Heart of Racing Team GTD Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3 Aston Martin 4.0 L Turbo V8 DAY DAY SEB ELK VIR ATL
6
MDO CLT PET
11
LGA SEB
2
31st 77
2021 Heart of Racing Team GTD Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3 Aston Martin 4.0 L Turbo V8 DAY
5
SEB MDO DET
WGL
WGL
LIM

LGA
LBH
VIR
PET
33rd* 285*

* Season still in progress.

Complete European Le Mans Series results

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 Rank Points
2016 Aston Martin Racing LMGTE Aston Martin Vantage GTE Aston Martin 4.5 L V8 SIL
1
IMO
5
RBR
4
LEC
3
SPA
5
EST
1
1st 98
2017 Beechdean AMR LMGTE Aston Martin Vantage GTE Aston Martin 4.5 L V8 SIL
3
MNZ
3
RBR
6
LEC
5
SPA
3
ALG
4
5th 75

Complete British GT Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 DC Points
2018 Beechdean AMR Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 GT3 OUL
1

2
OUL
2

6
ROC
1

3
SNE
1

11
SNE
2

2
SIL
1

9
SPA
1

Ret
BRH
1

4
DON
1

5
5th 102.5
2019 M2 Competition Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3 GT3 OUL
1
OUL
2
SNE
1
SNE
2
SIL
1
DON
1
SPA
1

13
BRH
1
DON
1
NC† 0†
2021 Newbridge Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 GT4 BRH
1
SIL
1

14
DON
1
SPA
1

7
SNE
1

20
SNE
2

19
OUL
1

11
OUL
2

19
DON
1

17
4th 106.5

As Turner was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score points.

Complete Super GT results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 DC Points
2019 D'station Racing AMR Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3 GT300 OKA FUJ SUZ CHA FUJ
11
AUT SUG MOT NC 0

References

  1. ^ "LeMans TV Live". Live.lemans-tv.com. Archived from the original on 6 June 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Aston Martin Vantage GTE Scores Podium on Le Mans Debut". Fernandezracing.net. Archived from the original on 4 December 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2012.

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Mikkel Mac
Johnny Laursen
Andrea Rizzoli
European Le Mans Series
LMGTE Champion

2016
With: Alex MacDowall & Andrew Howard
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Jody Fannin
Robert Smith
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Euan Hankey
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2021
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