DS Virgin Racing unveils livery for new Formula E season

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DS Virgin Racing has unveiled its new livery for the second FIA Formula E campaign ahead of next weekend’s final pre-season test at Donington Park.

Following a successful first season that yielded two victories, Virgin Racing announced at the London ePrix that it would be joining forces with Citroen subsidiary DS Automobiles for the second year of racing.

The team has made a good start to pre-season testing with drivers Sam Bird and Jean-Eric Vergne, suffering few reliability issues over the past two weeks at Donington Park.

The livery for season two remains similar to the season one paint scheme, retaining the purple and silver colors as well as incorporating the black of DS.

“The Formula E series is evolving at a fast pace as is the Virgin Racing team, now DS Virgin Racing thanks to our partnership with the DS brand,” team principal Alex Tai said.

“Our season two livery showcases the growth of our team and the global brands with which we are working. I love the addition of the black, which makes the car appear sleek yet aggressive – which is how we intend to race.

“Our traditional Virgin colors are still integrated into the livery, but we have given it a new twist.”

The 2015/2016 FIA Formula E season kicks off in Beijing on October 17.

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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