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Spengler to Test for Andretti in Morocco

2012 DTM champion Bruno Spengler is set to join the already announced Colton Herta at the Marrakesh E-Prix rookie test next month…

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2012 DTM champion Bruno Spengler will join the already-announced Colton Herta at Andretti in the Marrakesh Formula E rookie test next month.

Spengler will sample one of the Andretti Formula E team’s ATEC-03 cars after being nominated by BMW to attend the test.

The Canadian will become the fourth BMW contracted driver – after Antonio Felix da Costa, Tom Blomqvist and Alexander Sims – to have driven for the team.

“I am really looking forward to it, as it is definitely an interesting challenge,” Spengler told e-racing365.

“It is going to be a great experience and I am really excited. I feel a bit like a kid because as it is something new and totally different to what I am used to.

“It is coming pretty soon now so it will be an interesting experience and it is thanks to BMW I get this opportunity. I will try and make the best out of it.”

Confusion initially reigned on Friday evening after Herta was announced, before a second edition of the Andretti team’s communication was made public. This alluded to Spengler’s appearance in the other Andretti seat at Marrakesh.

Spengler was then confirmed just before the end of season event in Munich, albeit via Andretti. The announcement ensured that he will get his first official single-seater track time since 2004 when he completed the last of his two seasons in the Formula 3 Euro Series.

Spengler has been drafted into the Andretti team after both Sims and Blomqvist were deemed unable to test due to the fact they both hold E-licences. The rookie test is only open to non-Formula E-licence holders.

BMW Motorsport also confirmed that Blomqvist will take over from Kamui Kobayashi for the remainder of the 2017/18 season after sitting out the season-opener in Hong Kong. Sims, meanwhile, will be the official reserve driver.

Rene de Boer contributed to this report

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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