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Cassidy Breaks Lap Record in Marrakesh Rookie Test

Nick Cassidy fastest in Marrakesh rookie test for Envision Virgin, breaking lap record…

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Nick Cassidy set the pace in the only in-season ABB FIA Formula E Championship test of the season on Sunday, with a lap time considerably quicker than anything seen earlier in the weekend at Marrakesh.

Driving one of Envision Virgin Racing’s Audi e-tron FE06s, the Kiwi posted a best time of 1:16.467 to go clear by 0.463 seconds at the top of the timesheets in the afternoon session.

The day was split into two sessions of three hours each, with all 12 Formula E teams fielding two rookie drivers who have never officially competed in the championship.

Cassidy’s time was followed by GEOX Dragon’s Sergio Sette Camara, the second quickest driver of the day, ahead of DS Techeetah’s testers Filipe Albuquerque and Nico Lapierre.

Lapierre was called in as a last-minute replacement for the team’s test and development driver James Rossiter, who was unable to run in the rookie test after taking over Jean-Eric Vergne’s car in Free Practice 1 on Friday.

All four drivers were faster than the quickest time set on Friday and Saturday, Antonio Felix da Costa’s Super Pole lap of 1:17.158.

Cassidy’s time is also the quickest Formula E lap ever set around the Circuit Automobile Moulay El Hassan.

“It’s been great to finally step into the car and I’ve learnt a huge amount from the test today in Marrakesh,” he said.

“It’s a lot different to my previous experience but I felt we had a great test program and I hope that I’ve managed to help the team with what they were wanting to achieve.

”The car had great pace and to come away with the fastest time ever at the Marrakesh circuit is an awesome feeling too.”

Times in the morning test session were several tenths slower than in the afternoon, with the best coming from Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Kelvin van der Linde.

The South African GT3 regular topped the session with a 1:17.505.

RESULTS: Rookie Test Session 1
RESULTS: Rookie Test Session 2

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is e-racing365's Managing Editor and also European Editor for Sportscar365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations at the University of Birmingham. Contact Jake

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