DS Virgin confirms Lynn for New York Formula E debut

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DS Virgin confirms Lynn for New York Formula E debut
Sam Smith
By: Sam Smith
Jun 28, 2017, 11:01 AM

Alex Lynn has been confirmed as Jose Maria Lopez's replacement at the DS Virgin Racing for the New York Formula E double-header next month.

Alex Lynn, DS Virgin Racing
Alex Lynn DS Virgin Racing
#26 G-Drive Racing Oreca 07 Gibson: Alex Lynn
Alex Lynn DS Virgin Racing
Alex Lynn, G-Drive Racing
#26 G-Drive Racing Oreca 07 Gibson: Roman Rusinov, Pierre Thiriet, Alex Lynn
LMP2 polesitters #26 G-Drive Racing Oreca 07 Gibson: Roman Rusinov, Pierre Thiriet, Alex Lynn
#26 G-Drive Racing Oreca 07 Gibson: Roman Rusinov, Pierre Thiriet, Alex Lynn
#26 G-Drive Racing Oreca 07 Gibson: Roman Rusinov, Pierre Thiriet, Alex Lynn

As reported by Motorsport.com earlier this week, Lynn joins Sam Bird in an all-British line-up at DS Virgin for the two Brooklyn races.

Lopez, like Toyota WEC teammate and current Formula E points leader Sebastien Buemi, will miss the inaugural New York event to contest the clashing Nurburgring 6 Hours.

Lynn, who has attended races in a reserve capacity for DS Virgin and took part in shakedown in Mexico City in Lopez's place, will make his Formula E debut after a number of test days developing the Anglo-French team's season four car.

The 23-year-old is spending more time in the team's simulator, located near Versailles, before potentially getting another run in the team’s development car next week ahead of the New York races.

“New York has been underlined in my diary now for a long time and to get it confirmed is really exciting for me,” Lynn told Motorsport.com.

“To be there with Sam, who I get on with really well, is great and he will be a top mentor for me to be racing alongside in my first Formula E race weekend.

“Obviously those I am racing against are well up to speed as it coming to the end of the season, but from my side it will all be about getting my preparation spot on and get the best possible job done to hit the ground running."

 

G-Drive still without a Lynn replacement

It remains to be seen if anyone will replace Lynn in the G-Drive Racing LMP2 squad at the Nurburgring, or whether Roman Rusinov and Pierre Thiriet will complete the race as a duo.

Porsche factory driver Laurens Vanthoor was approached about filling in for Lynn, but ultimately turned down the chance to make a one-off WEC return.

Rusinov told Motorsport.com that the level of interest in the seat has been high, despite the G-Drive crew having a three-minute stop-and-go penalty hanging over it from the Le Mans 24 Hours.

"We were pleasantly surprised with the amount of drivers who contacted us, despite the three-minute penalty," said the Russian. "About 20 or 30 people contacted us, including ex-Formula 1 drivers.

"They are all fast and talented, but they lack experience of driving modern LMP2 cars. It's not impossible that [Thiriet and I] will drive the Nurburgring race just the two of us."

Additional reporting by Yaroslav Zagorets

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Series Formula E
Event New York ePrix
Location Brooklyn Street Circuit
Drivers Alex Lynn
Teams DS Virgin Racing
Author Sam Smith