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DS Virgin Racing enters the second half of the Formula E season, with Team Principal Alex Tai keen to maintain focus at the Long Beach ePrix looking for strong performances from both drivers Sam Bird and Jean-Eric Vergne.

As Formula E prepares to take centre stage in Los Angeles, California, DS Virgin Racing is coming to the home of its sister companies Virgin Galactic and Virgin America.

The team has several podiums and a win to its name but is now focusing on challenging the top three teams, aiming to close the gap in the championship standings this weekend. At 1.32 miles and featuring seven turns, the Formula E cars will race a modified configuration of the iconic Long Beach street circuit, previously used for Formula 1, CART, Champ Car and IndyCar races.

Back in 2015 it was at this track that Jean-Eric Vergne delivered his best result in Formula E, after finishing a close second to eventual race winner Nelson Piquet Jr. Following a difficult race in Mexico, Vergne is now more determined than ever to show off his capabilities on a track he previously excelled at: “I know I can do well on this track. Last year Long Beach was a great race for me and although some changes have been made to the track, there are still strong similarities. I did well in qualifying in Mexico and I plan to repeat that in Long Beach, I want a podium.”

Currently in fourth place overall on the team leaderboard, DS Virgin Racing is in a strong position and Team Principal Alex Tai has done the math, having high hopes for the remainder of season two: “As a team we are capable of better results than our last outing in Mexico. Here in L.A. we must raise our game again and maintain focus. I am driving the team to ensure that both sides of the garage produce the results that we are capable of. As the season moves into its second half and prepares for a return to Europe it’s important for DS Virgin Racing to bring back a result and stay in contention at the top of the championship.”

The team’s British driver Sam Bird, currently third overall in the driver standings and proud owner of the winner’s trophy from the recent Buenos Aires ePrix, believes that there is always room for improvement but is optimistic ahead of next week’s race: “The key is not making mistakes. I don’t believe our performance in Mexico is representative of what our team can do. The Long Beach ePrix is going to be a good one, the team is more determined than ever and I can’t wait to drive the DSV-01 in anger – I feel like she’s ready for another podium. I also won a Fanboost at last year’s race so it holds good memories. I know the team is planning some surprises in this area for Long Beach and hope that fans will once again get behind us.”

The Long Beach ePrix will take place on 2 April in the streets of downtown Long Beach surrounding the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Centre. For key timings and more information please click here: http://longbeach.fiaformulae.com/.

Fans can submit a Fanboost vote via the official app or website at http://www.fiaformulae.com/fanboost or via Twitter and Instagram by posting the #Fanboost hashtag alongside either #SamBird or #JeanEricVergne.

FIA Formula E Championship 2015-16 – Driver Standings

Pos N°. Driver Team Points
1 9 Sébastien BUEMI Renault e.Dams 98
2 11 Lucas DI GRASSI ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport 76
3 2 SAM BIRD DS VIRGIN RACING FORMULA E TEAM 60
4 7 Jérôme D’AMBROSIO Dragon Racing 58
5 6 Loïc DUVAL Dragon Racing 44
6 8 Nicolas PROST Renault e.Dams 38
7 27 Robin FRIJNS Andretti Formula E Race Team 31
8 4 Stéphane SARRAZIN Venturi Formula E Team 30
9 23 Nick HEIDFELD Mahindra Racing Formula E Team 27
10 55 Antonio FELIX DA COSTA Team Aguri 16
11 66 Daniel ABT ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport 16
12 21 Bruno SENNA Mahindra Racing Formula E Team 12
13 88 Oliver TURVEY NEXTEV TCR Formula E Team 10
14 25 JEAN-ERIC VERGNE DS VIRGIN RACING FORMULA E TEAM 6
15 77 Nathanaël BERTHON Team Aguri 4
16 1 Nelson PIQUET JR NEXTEV TCR Formula E Team 4
17 28 Simona DE SILVESTRO Andretti Formula E Race Team 0
18 12 Jacques VILLENEUVE Venturi Formula E Team 0
19 23 Oliver ROWLAND Mahindra Racing Formula E Team 0
20 12 Mike CONWAY Venturi Formula E Team 0
21 77 Salvador DURAN Team Aguri 0

FIA Formula E Championship 2015-16 – Team Standings

Pos. Team Points
1 Renault e.Dams 136
2 ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport 102
3 Dragon Racing 92
4 DS VIRGIN RACING FORMULA E TEAM 66
5 Mahindra Racing Formula E Team 39
6 Team Aguri 31
7 Andretti Formula E Race Team 30
8 Venturi Formula E Team 20
9 NEXTEV TCR Formula E Team 14

For more information on the DS Virgin Racing Formula E Team, please visit the website:http://www.ds-virginracing.com

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