Have to throw in some info on the "Other" Darren Turner, because there's an odd coincidence or two
in each of their histories. "Other" Darren is on the web too, with quite a nice website at www.darrenturner.net. He also owns the domain name darrenturner.com, which is why the Canadian Darren Turner had to use the (very Canadian)
darrenturner.ca domain name for this site.
A lap at Paul Ricard in
theDBR9. The sound of that engine is incredible!
The Other Darren has had some great successes driving for Aston Martin Racing in wonderful race cars like
the gorgeous hot rod DBR9. Here's a beautiful shot of the DBR9 Le Mans Series racecar that he co-drove with Nick Leventis and Peter Hardman at
Silverstone in 2008). Here's a pair of Aston Martins at Laguna Seca, the #57 DBR9 being the
Other Darren / David Brabham entry, and the #58 being the Pedro Lamy / Peter Cox racecar. He also drives another
type of Aston Martin race car, the Lola Aston Martin. A pic here of the LMP1 Lola Aston racecar he co drove with Harold Primat. While the DBR9 looks like its
streetcar brethern, the Lola Aston doesn't even have a street version.
Canadian Darren Turner has also driven the Laguna Seca race course while attending the Jim Russel racing school in 1990, which was located at the California track at that time, and
so also has intimate knowlege of that challenging racetrack, although not in an Aston Martin DBR9 race car.
Coincidentally (or perhaps not...), Other Darren also attended the Jim Russel School, but in 1992. Originally
founded by the British racing champion Jim Russel in 1957, the racing school is now relocated to the Sears Point
racetrack in southern California. The Skip Barber racing school, however, is now located at Laguna, so it's still possible to attend
a race car driving school at the Laguna Seca racetrack.
We're digressing... back to Darren Turner, Other Darren, that is.
There's another awesome FIA GT1 race car that Other Darren Turner has raced and helped the development of. Nissan /
NISMO's new 2010 FIA GT1 spec GT-R. Along with Michael Krumm and Anthony Davidson they even managed a 3rd place finish at the 24hr Spa Endurance race in July 2009. What make this all the more impressive is that the car is
actually built to 2010 FIA GT1 specifications (i.e. more weigh & less power than 2009 specs.), so they were
presumably at a disadvantage to the 2009 spec cars they raced against. (click the image to see
the full size picture taken at Silverstone).
Darren Turner does a lap of Snetterton in the BTCC
Darren Turner has also worked as a test driver for the McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 Team, and raced a
turbo-diesel(!) Seat in the British Touring Car Championship Series, winning at tracks like Knockhill and Croft. In a Diesel?! Yes, in a turbo-diesel. Unfortunately Turner didn't stay long in the
BTCC, just the 2008 season. Other Darren's also driven a couple of seasons, 2001 & 2002, in German Touring
Car (DTM) series Mercedes-Benz racecars for Keke Rosberg's team.
When he's not busy racing, Darren runs 'Base Performance', a company that offers specialist expertise to the motorsport and automotive
industries. Base Performance is involved in simulator set-up and development, racing driver development
training, vehicle assessment, and also development of racing and street cars.
So, Other Darren really does have a very successful racing career, but please don't confuse the two of them.
This is the official website of the older and hopefully wiser Canadian race car driver Darren Turner!