Virgin Racing teams up with DS Automobiles for Formula E season two

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LONDON – Virgin Racing has announced a new partnership with Citroen subsidiary DS Automobiles that will see the team be rebranded for the second season of the FIA Formula E series.

Virgin entered Formula E at the beginning of the season thanks to the support of group founder Sir Richard Branson, but will now grow after teaming up with the French marque on a multi-year deal.

As of the 2015/2016 Formula E season, the team will be known as DS Virgin Racing team as the partnership looks to aid the development of both the brands and the electric automobile industry as a whole.

“We went out looking for a partner not only that shared out brand values, but importantly for us we needed someone to help turn the technology of Formula E into reality,” Virgin Racing team principal Alex Tai said.

“We’re talking about one of the largest automobile groups in the world here. They have proven technology and capabilities of delivering a fantastic automobiles.

“Through their DS Performance brand and racing expertise and multiple world championships, they’re going to help us deliver a winning car and winning technology.

“So it’s the refinement of the designs that we put together but the implementation of their technology. They build the car for us and help us to deliver a winning vehicle. That’s the key part of the partnership.”

Branson was also delighted to make the announcement in London on Friday, believing that teaming up with DS can be the step that makes Virgin capable of winning championships in Formula E.

“I’m absolutely delighted that Virgin Racing has found a partner of the calibre of the DS brand,” Branson said. “In season one, Formula E has delivered on its vision of creating exciting, fan-friendly racing spectacles where almost any team can win.

“Now I look forward to building on this in season two and with our new partner DS, aiming to compete to win multiple championships.”

Travis Pastrana leads flag-to-flag in Nitro Rallycross as the series returns to America

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Travis Pastrana waited until the final trip around ERX Motor Park to take his Joker Lap – a longer way around the course that all drivers must do at least once in a race – and came out cleanly to win his first Nitro Rallycross race of 2022. With this win, Pastrana is the third driver to visit Victory Lane in the first three rounds of the 2022-23 season.

“This is the closest to a motocross track,” Pastrana told Katie Osborne on Peacock. “Thank you so much for a beautiful facility. It’s been a rough start to the season and I’m so thankful to be back out here. We had a good run in the side-by-side and now for this. This is much needed.”

Another thing needed was the sense of improvement. And Pastrana earned that affirmation each time he completed a lap around the course.

“I get my lap times read out and they said ‘fastest time of the week,’ ‘fastest time of the week’ (each time around) ” Pastrana said. “This is really special. We’re a long way behind in the championship, but welcome to America.”

In a pre-race press conference, Pastrana said that as Nitro Rallycross heads back to America, it was time for an American to win and he made good on his promise. Pastrana took the early lead over Robin Larsson and let the back of his Subaru hang out, taking risks he might not otherwise take if not for his need to win.

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Larsson’s second-place finish completed a perfect sweep of the podium in three rounds. In fact, he has not yet finished worse than second after winning the opening round at Lydden Hill in the United Kingdom and finishing second at Strangnas in Sweeden.

Fraser McConnel rounded out the podium for his best result of the season. He finished fourth in each of the first two rounds.

Last year, Pastrana finished second in this race to Scott Speed before narrowly edging his teammate for the championship.

Andreas Bakkerud crashed in prelims, but rebounded to finish just off the block in fourth. Bakkerud won the second round ahead of his teammate Larsson.

Oliver Bennett completed the top five.

Minneapolis is the first of three rounds scheduled in the United States. Next on the schedule is Glen Helen, Calif. on Octo 30 and then Phoenix at Wild Horse Pass on November 12th. Nitro Rallycross will then head to Saudi Arabia in December to continue their 2022-23 season.