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Vergne open to adding endurance races to racing program in 2017

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Jean-Eric Vergne is keen to add more endurance races to his racing program through the 2017 season following his upcoming debut at the 24 Hours of Dubai in January.

Vergne has raced in Formula E since his departure from Formula 1 at the end of 2014, as well as working in a reserve driver role with Scuderia Ferrari.

The Frenchman was named on the entry list for the race at the Dubai Autodrome with GP Extreme, racing a Renault RS01 in the GT3 class alongside Jordan Grogor, Louis Deletraz and Nicky Pastorelli.

Speaking to Safe Is Fast, Vergne said that while his chief focus remains on Formula E with the Techeetah team, he wants to use the Dubai race to get to grips with endurance events.

“My main focus for now is Formula E. I’m with a team I believe is only going to get better and stronger, and I’m in a series that I believe is really driving the future, and I feel very lucky and happy to be a part of it,” Vergne said.

“I’m not sure what my program with Ferrari will be in 2017, but alongside that I would maybe like to do some more endurance races.

“I’m doing the Dubai 24 Hours in January to learn about how to race in a new format. I think it’s good that I start somewhere like that.”

Dakar Rally video highlights from the concluding Stage 14

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EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET and Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

The 40th Dakar Rally is now history.

Nearly 550 competitors began the early 5,600-mile long race 15 days ago and concluded Saturday.

As we’ve done throughout the Rally, here are some key video highlights from NBCSN’s coverage of the Rally:

TRUCKS

CARS

QUADS

 

MOTORCYCLES