NIO has had a tough start this season but Oliver Turvey is hoping the tricky conditions of the Hong Kong E-Prix weekend will be in the team’s favour.
The Anglo-Chinese team currently sits ninth in the teams’ championship with four points to its name courtesy of an eighth place finish for Turvey in Santiago. Teammate Tom Dillmann’s best result so far is 14th place in Ad Diriyah.
Speaking ahead of today’s Hong Kong E-Prix, Turvey acknowledged the difficult opening few races and hopes to convert the progress made by the team into more points.
ERN: What are your expectations for the race?
OT: “It’s gonna be challenging I think, Hong Kong has quite always been a tricky track with lots of different tarmacs, it’s a proper street race circuit. I think with the rain it could be very tough during the race for everyone. It’ s quite an unpredictable race but it’ll definitely be an exciting one.”
ERN: What do you think of NIO’s progress so far this season?
OT: “It’s been tough at the start of the season. Obviously in Saudi we got disqualified for qualifying. I think we had a tough start in the first few races, but we made a few progress, each weekend we are learning a bit.
“In Santiago, we were able to score points in hot conditions then in Mexico, it was another step forward but we just missed out on the points. I think we’ve been making improvements and hopefully this weekend we’ll score some points for NIO.”
ERN: Looking ahead, how are you feeling about the team’s performance for the next few rounds?
OT: “Considering the start of the first few races, I think if we can score points for the next few races, especially for the team, a race in Hong Kong and Sanya are kind of like home races for us. So we’ll try to achieve the best results we can for them and if we can get in the top ten it would be very good boost for the team.”