DS Virgin Racing has confirmed that Alex Lynn will be making his ePrix debut in New York next month. The Brit stands in for Jose Maria Lopez who will be competing in the World Endurance Championship that very same weekend at the Nurburgring.
Lynn became the team's reserve driver earlier this season and is delighted to be making his debut: "I’m delighted to be racing for the DS Virgin Racing team," he said. “Formula E has always impressed me with its combination of advanced technology, iconicity-centre locations and some of the best drivers in the world.
"We have a lot of testing and simulator work to do before the New York event, but I’m confident I can show what I’m capable of during my rookie debut in the Big Apple."
In another amazing revelation, Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group has offered his services to fill Lynn's role as the reserve driver. He says that he will be testing the Formula E car on the streets of Manhattan.
"I heard about the situation at the team and offered my services," Branson said. "As you know, I’ve always loved a challenge and Alex, Sam and myself are the three plucky Brits ready to take on New York. Team Principal Alex Tai is putting me through my paces before the event; I’ve organised some testing time on the streets of Manhattan ahead of the race so hopefully, I can impress the boss!"