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Joel Eriksson Gets DS Virgin Test Chance

The DS Virgin Formula E team will run former Sauber F1 driver Antonio Giovinazzi at the Marrakesh test next month….

Photo: Motopark

European Formula 3 race winner Joel Eriksson will appear for DS Virgin Racing at the Marrakesh Formula E Rookie Test next weekend.

Eriksson, who was runner-up to Lando Norris in last year’s FIA European F3 championship, claimed seven races for the Motopark Team through 2017.

The Swede will now get his first taste of Formula E machinery in Marrakesh, with running taking place next Sunday following Saturday’s E-Prix.

“Formula E has a wealth of very talented drivers so it’s great to be experiencing this first hand and getting my first taste of electric racing,” said Eriksson.

“DS Virgin Racing are a proven race-winning team so I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel.”

Team Principal Alex Tai commented: “We’re delighted to have Joel testing for us in the Formula E rookie test. DS Virgin Racing is passionate about nurturing new talent and Joel is one of the most up and coming drivers on the scene right now.

“We’re looking forward to seeing what he can do in our race-winning machinery.”

DS Performance Director Xavier Mestelan Pinon added: “When Joel came in for his simulator session at DS Performance’s HQ, we were impressed with his work rate and how quickly he got up to speed.

“I am looking forward to seeing him in action on Marrakesh’s circuit to confirm his potential in the Formula E series.”

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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