Vergne excited to partner Bird in Formula E

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Jean-Eric Vergne is relishing the opportunity to partner Sam Bird in the upcoming FIA Formula E season at DS Virgin Racing.

Vergne was confirmed to be joining Virgin for season two after spending the majority of the first campaign with Andretti, finishing seventh overall in the final drivers’ championship.

The ex-Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver will balance his development driver duties with Scuderia Ferrari with his role at Virgin, replacing Jaime Alguersuari.

Vergne will race alongside Bird, who finished fifth overall in season one with two race wins to his name and will be looking to lead the team once again in the coming campaign.

In a post on his Instagram account, Vergne expressed his excitement about finally working with Bird, a driver and competitor that he respects and reveres.

“Really happy to be driving for DS Virgin Racing for this new season of Formula E, and to partner a very good and friendly driver,” Vergne wrote.

“There is only a few drivers you can race and fight to the limit knowing there will always be this mutual respect and room. @sambirdracing this season will be a good and exciting one!”

Pre-season testing for the second FIA Formula E season starts on Monday at Donington Park in England.

Keating stripped of Le Mans GTE-Am win; No. 68 Ganassi entry also disqualified

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FIA stewards announced Monday that two Ford GT entries have been disqualified from this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, including the GTE-Am class-winning No. 85 entry from privateer Keating Motorsports.

Also DQ’d was the factory No. 68 Chip Ganassi Racing entry of Joey Hand, Dirk Mueller and Sebastien Bourdais, which initially finished fourth in the GTE-Pro class.

Both entries were found in violation of fuel capacity regulations, with the No. 85 entry also failing to meet the minimum refueling time during pit stops.

The refueling system on the No. 85 entry, driven by Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Felipe Fraga, measured a time of 44.4 seconds during a stop, just shy of the minimum required time of 45 seconds.

As a result, the team was initially issued a 55.2-second post-race penalty by officials, which elevated the No. 56 Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR of Joerg Bergmeister, Patrick Lindsey, and Egidio Perfetti to the class win.

The time penalty was calculated by the difference in the refueling time (0.6 seconds) multiplied by the amount of pit stops made by the team (23), then multiplied by four.

The No. 85 entry was set to finish second in class, but then received an outright DQ after its fuel capacity was also revealed to be 0.1 liters above the maximum permitted capacity of 96 liters.

As for Ganassi’s No. 68 entry, it was found to have a fuel capacity of 97.83 liters, which is above the maximum allowed capacity of 97 liters for the GTE-Pro Fords.

The No. 67 Ford of Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell, and Jonathan Bomarito subsequently moves up to fourth, and the No. 69 Ford of Scott Dixon, Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook moves up to fifth.

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