Schreiner to replace injured Flörsch at Saudi Arabia test

by Scott Douglas

Carrie Schreiner will get her first experience in a Formula E car after being named as the replacement for Sophia Flörsch at the upcoming test in Saudi Arabia.

Flörsch had been due to drive for HWA Racelab in the post Ad Diriyah ePrix test, before being involved in a horror crash in Macau that left her needing an operation to her spine.

Although she returned home today, Flörsch will not be fit to drive by 16 December when the test is due to take place, which has given Schreiner her first opportunity to drive in an all-electric racer.

Schreiner was chosen by HWA after racing in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Series, in which she and team-mate, Axcil Jefferies, became Middle East Champions. In the 2018 season, she also took the overall win in Class 1 of the DMV GTC.

Speaking about the opportunity she said, “I’m really looking forward to my first test in a Formula E car. Many thanks to HWA RACELAB for giving me this unique opportunity to test a Formula E car in Diriyah, for which I’m very grateful.

“I’ve driven quite a few racing cars before but am sure I’ll find that sitting behind the wheel of a fully electric formula racing car for the first time will be an absolutely unique experience.

“Over the next few weeks, I will be fully focused on preparing as much as possible for the test. December 16 can’t come around fast enough.”

CEO of HWA Ulrich Fritz said that his team were excited to be giving Schreiner her debut in the car, but said that they were still keen to give Flörsch an opportunity in the car when she was fit and well again.

“We are pleased to have found in Carrie a good substitute for Sophia and are very pleased to give this young talent the chance to gain her first experience in such an exciting and future-oriented race series as Formula E,” Fritz said.

“Still, we are also, of course, thinking of Sophia, for whom we would also like to have made this testing possible. However, the important thing now is that she concentrates on making a speedy recovery. We wish her all the best and get well soon.

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