As World Endurance Championship clash solutions slowly untangle themselves, DS Virgin Racing has confirmed that reserve driver Alex Lynn steps up to a race seat alongside Sam Bird for the upcoming New York ePrix.
All three DS Virgin drivers have WEC contracts, with Bird being released from his AF Corse duties for the double header and Lynn giving up his place in the #26 G-Drive Racing LMP2.
The 23-year-old can’t wait to make his race debut in the all-electric series.
“I’m delighted to be racing for the DS Virgin Racing team,” said Lynn. “Formula E has always impressed me with its combination of advanced technology, iconic city centre locations and some of the best drivers in the world. We have a lot of testing and simulator work to do before the New York event, but I’m confident I can show what I’m capable of during my rookie debut in the Big Apple.”
Meanwhile regular driver Jose Maria Lopez will miss the Brooklyn event, held to his Toyota LMP1 contract after a disastrous 24 Hours of Le Mans for the team.
— Alex Lynn (@alexlynnracing) June 28, 2017
Sebastien Buemi has yet to fully confirm whether he will also be held to his Toyota role, although is presumed to be – opening a huge opportunity for Lucas di Grassi to close the championship gap. His Renault e.dams team-mate Nico Prost and NextEV NIO driver Nelson Piquet Jr will be skipping their stints in the Rebellion LMP2 team to attend New York, as will Jean-Eric Vergne from his Manor WEC drive.
Musical chairs coordinators at Techeetah HR will be relieved that Stephane Sarrazin will also be released from the Toyota duties he took up following Lopez’ Silverstone injury.
Seat-swapping shenanigans and red-eye flights for drivers that share duties between the series will fortunately be a thing of the past next year, as WEC and FE bosses have agreed to ensure no clashes.
Hazel Southwell | e-racing.net
Additional reporting by Topher Smith