Mexican road racing veteran Salvador Duran has gotten the call to fill in for Katherine Legge at Amlin Aguri in this coming Saturday’s FIA Formula E event at Punta del Este, Uruguay.
Duran has previously competed in a variety of open-wheel leagues (A1GP, Formula Renault 3.5, British F3), and helped Chip Ganassi Racing win the 2007 Rolex 24 at Daytona with teammates Juan Pablo Montoya and Scott Pruett. He has also raced stock cars in the NASCAR Toyota (Mexico) Series.
Amlin Aguri reports that a date conflict for Legge is the reason behind today’s announcement. Legge is scheduled to take part in a TUDOR United SportsCar Championship test for DeltaWing at Daytona International Speedway.
Legge has also tweeted the following:
Team executive chairman Aguri Suzuki and principal Mark Preston each cited Duran’s past experience in one-make racing divisions as a factor in choosing him to sub in for Legge.
“Salvador is an experienced and talented driver and we’re pleased to have him on the team now that we are moving to the Americas,” said Suzuki in a statement. “Salvador has shown his speed in previous one-make series like Formula Renault 3.5 and A1GP so his knowledge will push the team further.”
Preston added: “Salvador knows what it takes to succeed in a one-make championship and for Amlin Aguri that was a key factor in our decision to bring him in once we knew Katherine would be tied-up elsewhere. Having Salvador together with Antonio shows that we continue to have a strong driver line-up.”
Duran will team up with Antonio Felix da Costa, who finished eighth in his F-E season debut at Round 2 in Malaysia. Legge has had finishes of 15th and 16th so far in 2014.
Defending MotoGP series champion Marc Marquez underwent a second surgery Monday after a titanium plate inserted in his fractured right arm sustained damage. The Repsol Honda Team said in a statement that it’ll be two days before the recovery period is determined.
Marquez was injured during a crash in the July 19 season opener. He underwent an initial surgery July 21 in Barcelona, and doctors said there was no nerve damage.
The eight-time champion was cleared to race in the season’s second event Jerez. But Marquez decided to skip the July 26 race after experiencing discomfort while riding the No. 93 bike in a July 25 practice.
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He had planned to race in Sunday’s grand prix at the Automotodrom Brno in the Czech Republic in hopes of returning to defend his title. His status for Sunday apparently will be unclear until at least Wednesday.
In a statement Monday, the team said the titanium plate in Marquez’s right arm successfully was replaced after stress accumulation. Marquez will stay in the hospital for two days recovering.
Dr Xavier Mir, who performed the surgery at the Hospital Universitari Dexeus, said in the release that “Marc Marquez underwent surgery 13 days ago and today he returned to the operating room. The first operation was successful, what was not expected was that the plate was insufficient. An accumulation of stress in the operated area has caused the plate to suffer some damage, so today the titanium plate has been removed and replaced by a new fixation.
“The rider has not felt pain during this period. He has always followed the medical advice given and the feeling from his body. Unfortunately, an overstress has caused this issue. Now we have to wait 48 hours to understand the recovery time.”