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Bird to race New York, Lynn set to stand in for Lopez

New York ePrix – Sam Bird will contest the inaugural New York Formula E race for DS Virgin while reserve driver Alex Lynn is due to stand in for Jose Maria Lopez.

The clash the between the New York race and the World Endurance Championship round at the Nurburgring meant several drivers have had to make arrangements with their respective teams on which series to race in.

Bird was able to come to an agreement with his Ferrari GTE Pro team to race for DS Virgin at the New York double header.

Lopez, who races for the Toyota LMP1 team in WEC, has been contractually obliged to race at the Nurburgring, despite his intentions being to race in Formula E that weekend.

Although the team are yet to make a formal announcement, it is understood that reserve driver Alex Lynn will make his Formula E race debut as a stand-in for the Argentinian.

Lynn previously has tested for Jaguar ahead of their entry into the all-electric series.

Lopez’s obligation to drive in WEC means his fellow Toyota driver Stephane Sarrazin and Formula E championship leader Sebastien Buemi are likely to join him.

GP2 champion Pierre Gasly is currently favourite to replace Buemi in New York, although the Swiss driver is still aiming to be at one of the New York races.

Nico Prost, Jean-Eric Vergne, and Nelson Piquet Jr are also victims of the clash, and are yet to announce their plans for the event.

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Chris Stevens

Chris is a member of the Autosport Academy and has been writing about motorsport professionally since 2015. He has been one of the top Formula E journalists since he went to Donington Park for pre-season testing a week after picking up his A-Level results.

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