Driver Oliver Turvey admits he has one eye on a “special” London race as the ABB FIA Formula E Championship begins its sixth season today.

The championship will return to London for the season finale double-header on July 25 and July 26 next year, as Cumbrian Turvey competes on home soil for the first time since 2016.

He will begin another season in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, for his Chinese NIO 333 team today but, after making his Formula E debut in London in 2015, he can’t wait to return to action in England’s capital.

“My first-ever Formula E race was in London in season one. It was a fantastic atmosphere and extra special as a British driver,” said the 32-year-old.

“The track at ExCel London looks really challenging, so I think it will be a fantastic finale.”

With Mercedes-Benz and Porsche making their Formula E debut, the 2019/20 season is set to be the sport’s biggest.

Langwathby lad Turvey added: “The addition of Mercedes and Porsche, two massive names in motorsport, adds to the level of competition and should make for a really exciting season ahead.

"It has been a difficult time between last season and this season, with the changes in the team.

"That has made it a bit more challenging and we have stuff to catch up on but, hopefully, we can arrive in good shape.”