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Dillmann to make race debut with Venturi

Tom Dillmann will make his Formula E debut at the Paris ePrix on 20 May, substituting for Maro Engel who will be honouring his commitments in DTM.

Dillmann, reigning Formula V8 3.5 champion, has already enjoyed two outings in the all-electric series having tested for Team Aguri before season two and completing the shakedown for Venturi at the last round in Mexico City.

With regular driver Engel in action at the Lausitzring in Germany, the Frenchman has been chosen to take the vacant seat for his home event.

“I’m delighted with having the chance of contesting the race in France as Venturi`s reserve driver,” said Dillmann.

“Formula E is an exciting place to be for a driver – with thrilling motor racing and interesting technical developments. It goes without saying that it’s my goal to contest a full season in this series in the future.”

Marc Gindorf, co-owner of the Venturi racing team, praised the new signing for his mentality and integration into the team from his shakedown session in Mexico.

“Tom already impressed us with his professionalism in Mexico where he intensely dealt with the team and the approach of the engineers. This will prove to be helpful for him in Paris. We think that he represents our perfect choice for this race,” said Gindorf.

Team owner Gildo Pallanca Pastor also showed his support for the Frenchman.

“With Tom Dillmann, we chose a driver who is well experienced although young of age, nevertheless for Formula E he will count as ‘Rookie’.”

Dillmann will not be the only driver acting as substitute at the Paris ePrix, following the news that Mike Conway will replace Loic Duval at the Faraday Future Dragon Racing squad, who is also due to compete at the Lausitzring.

Reports also state that Formula 2 driver Nyck de Vries was considered for the Venturi drive in place of Engel, before the Monegasque squad elected to sign Dillmann.

Images courtesy of Venturi
Engel image courtesy of FIA Formula E Media

About Topher Smith
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