Bird looking for repeat victory at London ePrix


DS Virgin Racing driver Sam Bird is looking to repeat his victory from last year at next week’s London ePrix.

The British driver, whose car will feature a special Union Jack livery for the race, won the second of the two rounds held at Battersea Park last season.

And after a disappointing second half of the season, which has seen him fail to get on the podium since his win in Buenos Aires, Bird is looking to end the year on a high by getting back to winning ways.

He commented, “I can’t wait to race again in London – partly because it’s sort of my home city, and because Formula E has created a spectacular track in a sublime setting.

“Not only that, of course. It holds very special memories given my success here last season. Winning the race was a brilliant way to end Season 1 and I’ll be going all out to ensure the team and our fans have a similar reason to celebrate at the end this, our second season of Formula E.”

Conversely, his team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne has had a far stronger end to his season. After only scoring six points prior to the Paris ePrix, the Frenchman has followed it up with a second and fifth place finish in the last two races, including pole last time out in Berlin.

Speaking ahead of London he said he was looking to keep the momentum going, saying, “The last two races have been really good for me personally, so hopefully I can continue that momentum into London and have a strong end to the season.

“I got a good podium here last season which gives me confidence going into the race. The technical team have done a great job to make the car really competitive so we want to give the home crowd something to cheer and really get them behind us throughout the weekend.”

It’s been a solid second season for DS Virgin Racing. Their one lap pace has seen them bag four pole positions so far in 2015/16, but a lack of race pace has meant they’ve only converted it into one victory so far.

Virgin group founder Sir Richard Branson, who will be at the London ePrix, said he was happy with the series’ progress. He said, “Whatever happens on track, we can all celebrate a successful second season for Formula E

“The series has well and truly proven its concept and keeps going from strength to strength, and at Virgin we’re delighted to be playing a central role in that success. I believe it is the future of motor sport.”