Turvey to race in Berlin ePrix after Super GT race postponement

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NEXTEV TCR has confirmed that Oliver Turvey will now race in the upcoming Formula E race in Berlin following the postponement of the clashing Super GT race in Japan.

Turvey had been due to miss the race on May 21 due to a prior commitment with Drago Modulo Honda Racing at Autopolis. British racer Ben Hanley had been due to deputize.

However, the race has been postponed due to earthquakes affecting the island of Kyushu, meaning Turvey is able to race in Berlin as originally planned.

“First of all, my thoughts go out to everyone affected by the earthquakes that have hit Kyushu,” Turvey said.

“It’s understandable that the organizers have had to postpone the Super GT race at Autopolis, but I hope we can race there later in the year for all the fans in the Kyushu region.

“It now means that I am available to race in the next round of the Formula E Championship. I’m looking forward to racing on this new track and will be pushing for a strong points finish.”

NEXTEV president Martin Leach added: “We are pleased that Oliver is able to compete in Berlin for NextEV TCR, we just wish it wasn’t under such circumstances.

“Everyone at the team was shocked to hear about the earthquakes and we are thinking about those living on Kyushu.

“I would also like to say thank you to Ben Hanley for his understanding and wish him well in his racing in the European Le Mans Series this season.”

Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”