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Virgin Confirms DS Split; Audi Deal Expected Soon

Virgin confirms split with DS, Audi announcement expected…

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Virgin Racing has confirmed its split with DS Automobiles after the French automaker was announced in partnership with  Techeetah for Season Five of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

Virgin issued a statement on Monday thanking DS for the past three seasons, which heralded five victories and two third-place finishes in the teams’ championship.

“Over our three Formula E seasons together, we have very much enjoyed having DS Automobiles as our partner and all the successes we have achieved, both on and off the track,” the statement read.

“Season Five of Formula E brings with it a new era and, as such, we feel the time is right to part ways to allow us to develop in different directions.”

As initially reported by e-racing365, Virgin is expected to announce a partnership with Audi to use its customer powertrains beginning in Season Five, which gets underway in December.

“From the outset, it was always our intention to collaborate with an OEM as Virgin’s core business areas don’t involve the production of automobiles,” the statement added.

“Preparations for season five are well underway and we will shortly be announcing these exciting plans for next season and beyond.

“Until then, we wish to thank everyone at DS Automobiles for their hard work and contribution, and we look forward to seeing them – and all the current Formula E teams – on the start grid for the opening race in Riyadh.”

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365 and e-racing365, with a focus on the FIA World Endurance Championship and various electric racing series.

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