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Tincknell to “Grab Test Opportunity with Both Hands”

Harry Tincknell has laid out his aims and objectives for being in the “best position possible” to pursue the possibility of a future race seat in Formula E….

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Harry Tincknell hopes to use his upcoming Formula E test with NIO in Marrakesh to put himself in the “best position possible” to pursue a future race seat in the championship.

The current Ford WEC driver was invited by NIO to be part of its rookie test team in Marrakesh this weekend, and will get a full day of running this Sunday alongside Alexandre Imperatori.

Tincknell, who is also racing for the Joest Mazda squad in IMSA this season, has long held an interest in Formula E after first testing for Jaguar in September 2016.

“Formula E has been a championship I have been looking at for a long time. I think it is a really interesting and stimulating championship for a driver,” Tincknell told e-racing365.

“I am fortunate in that I have a stable and exciting season ahead in WEC with Ford and also in IMSA [with Mazda Joest], but a strong showing on Sunday with NIO is my aim, in addition to assisting the team as much as I possibly can.

“NIO are very strong on the engineering front and very ambitious which mirrors what I want to achieve in racing. I just have to make sure I am in the best position possible for any possibilities that could come along in the future,” he explained.

Tincknell, who has been feted in endurance racing for both his pace and his team work ethic, is eager to assist NIO in gathering as much extra data as possible at the test, which is scheduled to feature six hours of track time.

“I think apart from the test itself on Sunday it is really important chance for me to be part of the team for the weekend and see how the NIO team operates,” he said.

“It is a perfect learning process as well as a showcasing possibility. I want to grab the opportunity with both hands,”

“I tested with the team in the summer and would like to think I was able to get up to speed with all the systems quite quickly. I’ll have a refresher on the sim on Wednesday.

“For the test itself, I will be out there to give the team as much information as possible as it is a useful extra days testing for them.”

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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