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NIO Enters Tincknell, Imperatori for Rookie Test

NIO confirms sports car racers Harry Tincknell and Alexandre Imperatori in its Formula E test seats for Marrakesh…

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Sports car racers Harry Tincknell and Alexandre Imperatori have been named in NIO’s lineup for next weekend’s Formula E Rookie Test in Marrakesh.

NIO will field two cars to the test running on Jan. 14 at the Circuit International Automobile Moulay el Hassan, with Tincknell and Imperatori taking over from regular race drivers Oliver Turvey and Luca Filippi.

Tincknell has privately tested with the team in the past, completing running in the NIO 003 Formula E car at the Califat circuit in Spain over the summer.

The British racer is known to covet a drive in Formula E, having missed out on a Jaguar seat back in 2016, and hopes to impress with this latest test chance that was first reported by e-racing365 last month.

“I’m really delighted to be driving at the Marrakesh rookie test with NIO Formula E Team and thank them for the opportunity,” Tincknell said.

“I am looking forward to helping the team at the test and gaining more experience with the Formula E car. We’re doing a lot of preparation before the event and I’ll also be able to learn from Oliver and Luca during the race to maximize the weekend.”

Imperatori has worked with NIO in the past, acting as a test driver for its EP9 road car, and will now get a chance to sample a Formula E racer for the first time.

“I’m truly excited to be joining the NIO Formula E Team for the Marrakesh rookie test,” Imperatori said. “Formula E is where every driver wants to be right now so I’m very thankful to the team for this opportunity after having worked with NIO on the EP9 project.

“I am looking forward to discovering the Formula E car and, while I’m sure it will be a steep learning curve, I will be doing my best to adapt quickly and provide the team with solid and valuable feedback throughout the test.”

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