Alex Lynn will make his Formula E debut with DS Virgin Racing in New York next month in place of Jose Maria Lopez.
Lynn joined DS Virgin back in January in a reserve role as part of an extensive racing plan for 2017 that also included appearances in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and at the Nürburgring 24 Hours.
The Briton angled for a full-time move into Formula E last year, testing for Jaguar, and will now make his long-awaited debut in the all-electric series in New York on July 15-16.
Lopez is unable to race in New York due to clashing commitments in the FIA World Endurance Championship with Toyota at the Nürburgring, freeing up a seat for Lynn.
“I’m delighted to be racing for the DS Virgin Racing team. Formula E has always impressed me with its combination of advanced technology, iconic city center locations and some of the best drivers in the world,” Lynn said.
“We have a lot of testing and simulator work to do before the New York event, but I’m confident I can show what I’m capable of during my rookie debut in the Big Apple.”
Lynn will race alongside Sam Bird in New York, who opted to prioritize his Formula E duties over his planned WEC appearance with AF Corse at the Nürburgring.
Lynn will also be missing the race at the Nürburgring, but will return to G-Drive Racing’s LMP2 line-up for the following round in Mexico City in September.
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