Two-time Le Mans class winner Darren Turner will remain with Aston Martin Racing for the foreseeable future after signing a new three-year deal with the British marque.
Turner first raced for Aston Martin back in 2005, finishing third in class on debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
GT1 class victories followed in 2007 and 2008, and the Briton has since established himself as one of the leading GT racers in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
“Within my time at Aston Martin Racing we have had so many highs,” Turner said. “Like with any team, we have had our low points too but we always come out fighting – right now we are in a very strong place.
“We have an exciting few years ahead of us in GT racing. The discipline is going from strength-to-strength and I’m looking forward to working with the team to develop its new cars.”
Aston Martin Racing team principal John Gaw was delighted to confirm Turner’s contract extension, believing that the 41-year-old acts as a perfect leader for the marque’s GT operation.
“We’ve signed a three-year deal but we certainly see Darren’s future with Aston Martin Racing as ongoing,” Gaw said.
“He has been with us since the company was founded and is therefore not only a very strong and reliable driver but also has an understanding of the team and insight into the cars better than anyone else ever could.
“His professional, mature and positive attitude is invaluable within our team as we look to bring in and develop young talent.”
Besides his racing commitments, Turner will also act as an ambassador for Aston Martin and help to develop its road cars.
“Although I’ve always had a strong relationship with the road car arm of the business and have been involved in many projects, this is the first time that we have come to a formal agreement and signed a contract,” Turner explained.
“This will see me get more involved with road car projects and will draw an even closer link between these and our race car programmes.”