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Leclerc Gets Test Chance for Venturi

Arthur Leclerc to drive Venturi Gen 2 car at Calafat test as part of full expected entry list…

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Venturi is set to run its Next Gen Academy member Arthur Leclerc during this week’s Gen 2 group manufacturer test in Spain.

The 17-year-old will join Tom Dillmann in the test and get his runs on Tuesday as he focuses on learning Formula E cars as part of his role in Venturi’s new young driver initiative.

This week will be the first time all nine of the registered Season Five manufacturers have attended a test with the new Gen 2 car.

NIO and BMW both missed the first two-day running organised by the FIA last month. NIO always stated it would not be at Monteblanco after opting to ensure its challenger was fully ready.

BMW had electrical issues around its powertrain and elected to ready its car for a private filming day test at one of its proving grounds in Germany.

NIO will have Oliver Turvey on hand in Calafat this week, while BMW has already told e-racing365 that it will run with Bruno Spengler as it puts more miles on the BMW iFE.18 car.

Audi and DS covered the most miles at the previous test in Monteblanco, and while DS will continue to use Stephane Sarrazin as its development driver this week, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler will run with Daniel Abt who will get serious miles in the car for the first time.

Nissan is expected to use Nicolas Prost this week, while Mahindra will have both Felix Rosenqvist and Nick Heidfeld on hand with the German running on Tuesday and Rosenqvist Thursday.

Jaguar will give Mitch Evans his first experience of the Gen 2 car and the Dragon Racing team which runs the Penske manufacturer entry will have its test driver Max Guenther available for both days.

Calafat is a favorite test track of NIO, Dragon and Mahindra with the three having spent much of the private testing in previous seasons at the venue.

E-racing365 understands that the three have invested in the implementation of permanent chicanes at the circuit.

It is also expected that the new Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY car will also get some testing miles during the week at Calafat.

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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