Lapierre and Berthon to test for Team Aguri at Donington Park next week

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Nicolas Lapierre and Nathanael Berthon will take part in next week’s FIA Formula E test at Donington Park for Team Aguri.

The Japanese team enjoyed a successful outing at the first public pre-season test earlier this week as Salvador Duran and Tom Dillmann shared driving duties.

However, neither driver will take part in next week’s second test at Donington Park, and will instead be replaced by Lapierre and Berthon, as confirmed to MotorSportsTalk by a team spokesperson on Friday.

Lapierre has enjoyed a successful career in sportscars over the past eight years since turning his attention away from single seaters, racing for Toyota’s LMP1 team between 2012 and 2014.

The Frenchman left the team last fall before joining KCMG in LMP2, with whom he played a part in one of the most dominant class victories in recent memory at Le Mans this year.

Now, Lapierre will get a chance to sample a Formula E car for the first time with Team Aguri, testing alongside fellow countryman Berthon.

Berthon currently races in GP2 with Team Lazarus, and also raced at Le Mans earlier this year with Murphy Prototypes, finishing fifth in the LMP2 class.

MotorSportsTalk understands that although both drivers are testing for Team Aguri, the team is yet to make any firm decision about its drive line-up for season two, which starts in Beijing on October 17.

Duran and Dillmann both put in impressive displays at Donington Park earlier this week, whilst Sakon Yamamoto is also known to still have ties with the Japanese team and is set to take part in a show run later this month.

The second Formula E pre-season test takes place at Donington Park on August 17 and 18.