Lynn's New York FE debut with DS confirmed

Lynn's New York FE debut with DS confirmed
By AutoSport

28/06/2017 at 13:46Updated

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

As reported by Autosport earlier this week, Lynn will stand in for Lopez - who has clashing World Endurance Championship commitments - and joins Sam Bird in an all-British line-up at DS Virgin for the two races.

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

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

The 23-year-old will continue to test in the team's simulator, located near Versailles, before another potential run in the team's development car next week in preparation for his debut.

"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 Autosport.

"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'm 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-DDRIVE STILL WITHOUT LYNN REPLACEMENT

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

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

Rusinov told Autosport the level of interest in the seat has been high, despite a three-minute stop-and-go penalty hanging over the team 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."

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