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Treluyer, De Vries to Test for Envision Virgin in Marrakesh

Virgin to run Le Mans winner Benoit Treluyer and Formula 2 ace Nyck de Vries in rookie test…

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Benoit Treluyer and Nyck de Vries will both test for the Envision Virgin Racing Formula E team in Marrakesh this weekend.

The pair will take over Sam Bird and Robin Frijns’ seats in the Audi-powered Virgin cars for the one-day rookie test on Sunday, Jan. 13.

Treluyer, who won the 24 Hours of Le Mans three times with Audi, is set to make his public debut in a Formula E car having been an integral part of Spark Racing Technology’s development of the current Gen 2 package.

The Marrakesh test will mark the 42-year-old Frenchman’s first public running in a single-seater since he finished second in the 2009 Formula Nippon Championship.

“It’s great to be given such an opportunity and I’m very much looking forward to be working with the Envision Virgin Racing team,” said Treluyer.

“I know the team has a lot planned for the test so I’m eager to get my head down and ensure they come away with the best possible data to aid them for the remainder of the Formula E season.”

Treluyer will share the Envision Virgin garage with FIA Formula 2 race winner de Vries, who joined both Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler and NIO in separate test outings last year.

Last week, e-racing365 revealed that the 23-year-old Dutchman was likely to test for the team as part of his previous roles testing for Audi.

“Formula E is a really promising series right now so being able to drive the team’s Gen2 car is a great way to kick off the New Year,” said de Vries.

“I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel and working through the team’s testing programme and providing them with the best possible feedback I can.”

Envision Virgin managing director Sylvain Filippi added that both drivers will be expected to provide valuable data as the team continues to explore its new package.

“We’re delighted to have Benoit and Nyck join us for the Formula E test,” he said.

“Both are very proven, capable drivers so their ability to hit the ground running whilst helping us learn more about the car will provide a huge contribution.”

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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