Joel Eriksson to test for DS Virgin Racing

DS Virgin Racing has today announced one of its drivers for the rookie test on January 14, with Joel Eriksson set to take part in the session a day after the 2018 Marrakesh E-Prix.

The British team has chosen the current FIA Formula 3 runner-up to get behind the wheel of the Hong Kong race-winning DSV-03 for the first time.

Eriksson finished second in the FIA Formula 3 Championship last year, securing seven wins and 14 podiums along the way. The Swedish driver was also named along with five Formula E drivers, including both DS Virgin Racing drivers - Sam Bird and Alex Lynn - in AUTOSPORT magazine’s top-50 drivers of 2017.

“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. DS Virgin Racing are a proven race-winning team so I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel,” said Eriksson.

Alex Tai, Team Principal at DS Virgin Racing, said: “We’re delighted to have Joel testing for us in the Formula E rookie test. 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. We’re looking forward to seeing what he can do in our race-winning machinery.”

Xavier Mestelan Pinon, Director at DS Performance, said: “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.”

Round three of the 2017/18 FIA Formula E Championship takes place on January 13 at Marrakesh’s Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan.