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Dragon to become Formula E manufacturer for season three

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Dragon Racing has confirmed that it will become a manufacturer and develop its own powertrain for the third FIA Formula E season, starting in the fall of 2016.

Dragon is currently the only team on the grid that is a customer to an existing manufacturer, enjoying a powertrain supply from the Venturi team.

For the second Formula E season, powertrain development was opened up and extended to the teams after all had used the same unit supplied by the series for its inaugural campaign.

Dragon has enjoyed a strong start to season two with the Venturi powertrain, but team boss and IndyCar driver Oriol Servia confirmed in Punta del Este that the team will develop its own for the 2016-2017 campaign.

“We just want to have full control of the car,” Servia said.

“At the moment we have been relying on Venturi, who have been great, but we want to be able to put our own package together and beat the rest.

“I’m happy with the drivers and with the changes that we made over the summer, with some hiring on the engineering side. If we keep running as we have been, we will get our chance.”

Jerome d’Ambrosio claimed the team’s first Formula E pole on Saturday in Punta del Este, locking out the front row of the grid alongside teammate Loic Duval.

Rolex 24 update: Scott Dixon leads eight hours in

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We’re just past the eight hour mark in the 2020 edition of the Rolex 24, and darkness has descended over the Daytona International Speedway.

Scott Dixon is the current overall leader, while Harry Tincknell runs in the second position.

As of 10:15 pm ET, the leaders are:

DPi:

  1. No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing, Cadillac DPi, Scott Dixon
  2. No. 55 Mazda Team Joest, Mazda DPi, Harry Tincknell
  3. No. 31 Whelen Engineering Racing, Cadillac DPi, Felipe Nasr

LMP2:

  1. No. 81 Dragonspeed USA, ORECA LMP2 07, Ben Hanley
  2. No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports, ORECA LMP2 07, Simon Trummer
  3. No. 8 Tower MotorSport by Starworks, ORECA LMP2 07, David Heinemeier Hansson

GTLM:

  1. No. 912 Porsche GT Team, Porsche 911 RSR-19, Earl Bamber
  2. No. 24 BMW Rahal Letterman Lanigan, BMW M8 GTE, Augusto Farfus
  3. No. 911 Porsche GT Team, Porsche 911 RSR-19, Fred Makowiecki

GTD:

  1. No. 48 Paul Miller Racing, Lamborghini Huracan GT3, Madison Snow
  2. No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports, Porsche 911 GT3 R, Zacharie Robichon
  3. No. 12 AIM Vasser Sullivan, Lexus RC F GT3, Frankie Montecalvo

Live coverage of the Rolex 24 at Daytona will return to NBCSN at 11 p.m. ET. Fans can also watch all remaining coverage on NBC Sports Gold’s Trackpass.