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Turvey Tops Times Again on Thursday in Valencia

Olivier Turvey came out on top of the timesheets on the third and final day of Formula E testing at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia….

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Olivier Turvey came out on top of the timesheets on the third and final day of Formula E testing at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia on Thursday.

It was the British racer’s second day atop the times in the official pre-season test, as the NIO driver clocked 1:21.822 and went marginally quicker compared to Sebastien Buemi’s best overall time of 1:21.890 on Tuesday.

Monday’s times were just over three and half seconds quicker due to the fact that there was only one chicane installed on the main straight of the circuit.

Daniel Abt, who was named as an Audi factory driver last week, took second fastest on Thursday with 1:21.946 with his Audi e-tron FE04 car in the cooler and subsequently quicker morning session today.

Turvey and Abt were the only two drivers who managed to clock a time under 1:22.

Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne recorded a 1:22.078 lap to take the third fastest time overall. The Frenchman, however, brought out a red flag after an incident at the second chicane bent his front nose section and lightly damaged his suspension.

Mahindra’s Felix Rosenqvist went fourth-fastest in his M4ELECTRO, with Renault e.dams’ Sebastian Buemi completing the top five.

Dragon Racing driver Jerome d’Ambrosio went fastest in the afternoon session (1:22.282), which was good enough for sixth fastest of the day after the sessions were combined.

D’Ambrosio’s new teammate Neel Jani ended the final day 15th, as he continues to get to grips with the all-electric formula.

Daniel Juncadella acquitted himself well in his first running for Mahindra by ending the second test session 12th fastest.

This morning session was interrupted twice, with first of the two red flags being caused by Edoardo Mortara, whose Venturi-run Spark came to a halt on track following a mechanical problem.

Teams now prepare their cars for the journey to Hong Kong and the first rounds of the 2017/18 season on Dec.2-3.

RESULTS: Thursday Test

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