Formula E

Cassidy sets test pace in Marrakesh rookie test

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Reigning Super Formula champion Nick Cassidy led the times at the end of the only in-season Formula E test held at Marrakesh on Sunday.

Cassidy took Sam Bird’s Envision Virgin Audi to a best of 1m16.467 in the final moments of the six hours available running beating his own previous best lap of 1m16.910.

Cassidy’s peak lap, set on the full 250kW mode, would have been good enough to claim pole position for Saturday’s Marrakesh E-Prix in the more favourable track conditions today.

This time was 0.4 seconds faster than Formula 2 race winner Sergio Sette Camara who took part in the test as part of his new test and development role with Dragon.

Sette Camara’s 1m16.930s best was just faster than Filipe Albuquerque’s DS Techeetah car as the Portuguese endurance racer returned to a single-seater for the first time since 2009.

James Rossiter’s last minute replacement at DS Techeetah was Nicolas Lapierre. The A1GP race winner carried out extensive long runs for the team which scooped the E-Prix win with Antonio Felix da Costa.

Lapierre and Albuquerque got time in both Jean-Eric Vergne and Antonio Felix da Costa’s chassis during the day.

Andretti’s Indy Lights rookie Kyle Kirkwood placed fifth for BMW Andretti in his first visit running outside of the US since he took part in the Walter Hayes Trophy Formula Ford meeting in 2016.

Venturi’s Norman Nato took the sixth fastest lap of the day ahead Mercedes EQ’s Jake Hughes. Hughes’ time of 1m17.303s had topped the times for the first half of the quicker afternoon session.

BMW’s latest DTM signing Lucas Auer claimed eighth fastest lap, while Audi’s Kelvin van der Linde took ninth. The South African topped the slower earlier morning session with a best effort of 1m17.705s.

Van der Linde also caused the only red flag of the day when he spun and clattered the kerbs at Turn 12 but eventually made it back to the pits in Daniel Abt’s race chassis.

Jaguar’s Sacha Fenestraz rounded out the top ten as test-mate for the day Jamie Chadwick placed 13th fastest.

Mahindra’s Pipo Derani had set the early pace in the morning as he worked through several programmes for the Indian team as it looks to solve several issues around their recent poor form.

Porsche was the only other team that shared drivers across its cars as Thomas Preining and Frederic Makowiecki drove both Andre Lotterer and Neel Jani’s cars through the day.

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