Formula 3 runner-up Joel Eriksson to get Formula E rookie test after Marrakesh race

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For Swedish racer Joel Eriksson, it’ll be a situation of going from “3 to E.”

The 19-year-old Eriksson finished runner-up in FIA Formula 3 last season. Now, he’s preparing for a Formula E rookie test for DS Virgin Racing.

The test, which will also include one other still-to-be-named driver, will take place Jan. 14, one day after Round 3 of the 2017-18 Formula E Championship at Marrakesh’s Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan.

Eriksson will pilot a Formula E race-winning DSV-03, the first time he’s been behind the wheel since last season’s Formula 3 effort when he earned seven wins and 14 podium appearances.

“Formula E has a wealth of very talented drivers so it’s great to be experiencing this first hand and getting my first taste of electric racing,” Eriksson said in a media release. “DS Virgin Racing are a proven race-winning team so I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel.”

Eriksson was voted 27th in a recent poll by Autosport Magazine of the top 50 drivers of 2017.

“DS Virgin Racing is passionate about nurturing new talent and Joel is one of the most up and coming drivers on the scene right now,” team principal Alex Tai said. “We’re looking forward to seeing what he can do in our race-winning machinery.”

Added DS performance director Xavier Mestelan Pinon, “When Joel came in for his simulator session at DS Performance’s HQ, we were impressed with his work rate and how quickly he got up to speed. I am looking forward to seeing him in action on Marrakesh’s circuit to confirm his potential in the Formula E series.”

Supercross: Talon Hawkins to debut in Houston in relief of Jalek Swoll

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Talon Hawkins, 19, will make his Monster Energy Supercross debut on a 250 this week in Houston, Texas as a fill-in rider for Jalek Swoll.

During the Anaheim 2 weekend, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team announced Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken arm suffered in a practice crash.

That same weekend, Hawkins made some noise. He took the lead from teammate Casey Cohran on Lap 2 of the 250 SX Futures Main and led for three laps before he was overtaken by eventual winner Daxton Bennick. Cochran also got around him to push Hawkins to third.

This will not be Hawkins SuperMotocross professional debut, however; he made three Lucas Oil Pro Motocross starts last year with results of 19th at Spring Creek in Millville, Minnesota, 27th at Ironman in Crawfordsville, Indiana and a best finish of 17th in the season finale at Fox Raceway in Pala, California.

Hawkins also has a top-10 finish in the 125 All-Star division at Pala in 2019 riding a Husqvarna.

Speaking with RacerXOnline.com before the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals, Hawkins predicted his future with Husqvarna would come down to how he performed in that race.

“It all just comes down to how I perform at Loretta’s,” Hawkins said. “Say I do really well, I get a top three in both classes and do a pretty solid job, I would like to go pro and just kind of finish out the rest of the series. But there’s also the option of waiting a little bit longer, going back out to [Aldon] Baker’s [Factory] or going anywhere and training, and just being prepared. I’m also open to that too. Honestly, it’s whatever the team wants. Whatever we think is the best option is what we’re going to go with. So, I don’t really have a plan right now, just looking into the future.”

Hawkins finished third overall in the 125 B/C and Schoolboy divisions at the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals.