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DS Virgin pre-London16aDS Virgin Racing will be looking to finish the second FIA Formula E season in style, as London’s Battersea Park gets ready to host the championship finale on 2-3 July. DS Automobiles will have DS E-TENSE on display at the London ePrix.

DS Virgin Racing currently sits in third place in the FIA Formula E Championship team standings, and will be looking to use the home support in London to their advantage to consolidate their position.

Sam Bird, whose DSV-01 will feature a special one-off Union Jack livery for the Battersea Park double-header, will be hoping to repeat his success of last year on home soil, when he claimed a sensational victory at Battersea Park as the season reached a dramatic conclusion.

Bird, currently sitting in third place in the FIA Formula E Drivers’ Championship, also plans to make up further ground on Sébastien Buemi and Lucas di Grassi who lie first and second in the driver standings.

Ahead of the race weekend, the team headed to Marble Arch in central London with DS E-TENSE – a unique vehicle from DS Automobiles featuring a high-performance electric drivetrain, embodying the brand’s future.

DS E-TENSE will be on display for Formula E fans throughout the London ePrix at Battersea Park, and will be completing demonstration laps on the 2.925km track.

The Battersea Park circuit features 17 turns, including a number of high-speed corners and chicanes, and is one of Sam’s favourite tracks. “I can’t wait to race again in London – partly because it’s sort of my home city, and because Formula E has created a spectacular track in a sublime setting,” he says. “Not only that, of course. It holds very special memories given my success here last season. Winning the race was a brilliant way to end Season 1 and I’ll be going all out to ensure the team and our fans have a similar reason to celebrate at the end this, our second season of Formula E.”

For Jean-Éric Vergne, the London ePrix represents another opportunity to continue his recent upturn in fortunes, which saw him pick up pole position in Berlin to follow up an impressive second place in Paris.

“The last two races have been really good for me personally, so hopefully I can continue that momentum into London and have a strong end to the season,” said Vergne, who picked up a third-place finish in the opening round of last year’s London ePrix. “I got a good podium here last season which gives me confidence going into the race. The technical team have done a great job to make the car really competitive so we want to give the home crowd something to cheer and really get them behind us throughout the weekend.”

DS Virgin Racing Principal, Alex Tai, added: “Looking back at this season, it’s certainly been full of drama and excitement.  It was fantastic to lead the team through it, and as a unit I think we’re in a really good place right now. The fact that we have earned poles in each of the last three races not only shows that we have the pace, but that we also have two exceptionally talented drivers. Sam’s win in London last season was a near perfect finale and I hope we can top that this year to really lay down a marker for season three.”

Head of DS Performance, Xavier Mestalen Pinon, said: “With its fast corners the average speed of the London ePrix should be among the fastest of the season, after Punta del Este and Long Beach, despite the bumpy nature of the track. Our simulations have shown that the pilots’ ability to regenerate energy during braking will be especially put to the test during the race. It is vital that we avoid mistakes in these two rounds to ensure that we maintain our position in the championships. This last ePrix of the season will also be the opportunity to celebrate the first anniversary of our partnership between the DS brand and the team DS Virgin Racing, so it would be fantastic to celebrate this landmark in style!”

DS Virgin pre-London16bVirgin Group Founder, Sir Richard Branson, said: “I’m really looking forward to cheering the team on in London and supporting Sam and Jean-Eric. Whatever happens on track, we can all celebrate a successful second season for Formula E. The series has well and truly proven its concept and keeps going from strength to strength, and at Virgin we’re delighted to be playing a central role in that success. I believe it is the future of motor sport.”

DS Virgin Racing has proved popular with Formula E fans this season, picking up more Fanboost wins than any other team. Fans can submit a Fanboost vote via the official app or website http://fanboost.fiaformulae.com or via Twitter and Instagram by posting the #Fanboost hashtag alongside either #SamBird or #JeanEricVergne.

FIA Formula E Championship 2015-16 – Driver Standings

Pos Driver Team Points
1 Lucas DI GRASSI ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport 141
2 Sébastien BUEMI Renault e.Dams 140
3 SAM BIRD DS VIRGIN RACING FORMULA E TEAM 82
4 Jérôme D’AMBROSIO Dragon Racing 64
5 Nicolas PROST Renault e.Dams 62
6 Stéphane SARRAZIN Venturi Formula E Team 59
7 Daniel ABT ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport 50
8 Loïc DUVAL Dragon Racing 48
9 Nick HEIDFELD Mahindra Racing Formula E Team 47
10 Robin FRIJNS Andretti Formula E Race Team 45
11 JEAN-ERIC VERGNE DS VIRGIN RACING FORMULA E TEAM 37
12 Bruno SENNA Mahindra Racing Formula E Team 26
13 Antonio FELIX DA COSTA Team Aguri 20
14 Oliver TURVEY NEXTEV TCR Formula E Team 10
15 Mike CONWAY Venturi Formula E Team 5
16 Nelson PIQUET JR NEXTEV TCR Formula E Team 4
17 Nathanaël BERTHON Team Aguri 4
18 Simona DE SILVESTRO Andretti Formula E Race Team 4

FIA Formula E Championship 2015-16 – Team Standings

Pos. Team Points
1 Renault e.Dams 202
2 ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport 191
3 DS VIRGIN RACING FORMULA E TEAM 119
4 Dragon Racing 112
5 Mahindra Racing Formula E Team 73
6 Venturi Formula E Team 64
7 Andretti Formula E Race Team 49
8 Team Aguri 24
9 NEXTEV TCR Formula E Team 14

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

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