Team Aguri are set to announce Northern Irish racer Adam Carroll as the replacement for Antonio Felix da Costa in the Berlin ePrix.
Felix da Costa will miss the Berlin race due to a clash with the DTM race at the Red Bull Ring, which he’ll be competing in for BMW.
Although a deal between Carroll and Team Aguri has not been finalised yet, the team have included him in their line-up for the Fanboost listings which went live today. Motorsport.com is reporting that he also had a seat fitting at the factory last Monday.
A statement from Team Aguri said, “We will be making an announcement about our driver line up for the Berlin ePrix shortly. We have been in conversation with a number of drivers and will provide more information in due course.”
Carroll would be a good fit for Aguri, as Team Principal Mark Preston was believed to be looking for a driver with previous experience of driving a Formula E car. The Northern Irishman has tested for Mahindra Racing and NEXTEV TCR in the past, and was lined up to replace Nick Heidfeld and Jean-Eric Vergne when there were doubts about whether they could race earlier in the season.
This season he has been racing in the World Endurance Championship GTE Am series, having previously raced in GP2 and won the 2008/09 A1 GP title for Team Ireland.
Earlier in the season he told Autosport that Formula E was where he wanted to be racing, saying, “It’s a proper world championship, with a very exciting concept. As a professional driver I don’t see how you can’t be interested in it.”
“Of course this is where I want to be.”
Carroll’s move would result in a penalty for Team Aguri, as it will mean they have exceeded the permitted two driver changes in a season. Although Felix da Costa has been in the car all season thus far, they replaced Nathanael Berthon with Salvador Duran after three races, and have subsequently replaced Duran with Ma Qing Hua.