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First Drivers Confirmed for Marrakesh Rookie Test

GT factory drivers and W Series standouts confirmed as first rookie test drivers…

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Several drivers have already been confirmed at teams for next weekend’s Formula E rookie test in Marrakesh, including W Series standouts Jamie Chadwick and Alice Powell, and GT factory drivers from Audi and Porsche.

W Series champion Chadwick will drive for Panasonic Jaguar Racing in Marrakesh on Sunday, March 1, but previously tested NIO’s Formula E car in a deal with the Chinese squad last season.

One of her W Series rivals, Powell, has also been confirmed for the test, and is set to drive for Envision Virgin Racing. Powell already competes in the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series on the Formula E support bill.

Porsche has placed factory driver Fred Makowiecki alongside its Formula E test and development driver Thomas Preining, meanwhile.

Makowiecki is one of the manufacturer’s GTE regulars, competing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship this year, and previously tested for DS Techeetah two years ago.

Audi’s pair of e-tron FE06s will be driven by its GT factory drivers Kelvin van der Linde and Mattia Drudi. The latter already assists in the Formula E simulator alongside Audi’s race drivers Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi.

Van der Linde, meanwhile, has never even driven a single-seater car before. He was crowned ADAC GT Masters champion last year and is one of Audi’s lead GT3 racers.

As GEOX Dragon’s new test and reserve driver, Joel Eriksson will also drive at Marrakesh in one of the Penske EV-4s.

Further rookie test announcements are due imminently, with the remaining spots set to be filled up over the next week ahead of the test itself next Sunday.

Marrakesh’s test is the only in-season Formula E test this year after three days were held last season.

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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    Old Trombone

    February 20, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    Someone has to take Jani’s seat before Porsche looks like Hertz. FE’s “no pay driver” status really is in jeopardy.

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