CHAMPIONSHIP LEADERS DS TECHEETAH HEAD TO NYC FOR THE SEASON FINALE
The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is heading across the pond to New York City and Brooklyn for the final two rounds of the 2018/2019 season with DS TECHEETAH and Jean-Éric Vergne in the lead.
The all-electric street racing series return to the heart of Brooklyn for a third year running. The 14-turn, 1.44-mile (2.32km) long track stretches around the ferry terminal with the magnificent Manhattan skyline as a backdrop.
Current championship leader and reigning Formula E champion, Jean-Éric Vergne, has the potential to become the first ever double-champion if the stars align in Brooklyn for the Frenchman. DS TECHEETAH could become the fourth team to claim the Teams’ title.
Mark Preston, DS TECHEETAH Team Principal: “It’s a familiar scenario for the team as we came to New York under the same premises last year. Only this time around, we’re not going to let the team championship slip away. Losing out with only two points last year was really painful so let’s just say that we’ve done everything in our power to make sure that doesn’t happen again. We want that team win.”
Xavier Mestelan Pinon, DS Performance Director: “For the first time since our debut in Formula E, DS Automobiles is in a position to win both titles. It has been an objective of our electrification program since we entered the series so we will do everything in our power to make that happen. We go into New York with a points advance and we will do our best to make the most of that. However, we expect highly competitive races in New York where even the tiniest mistake could cost us the titles so it will be all about clever racing in the two final rounds to make it all the way. Nevertheless, the pressure is clearly on the shoulders of our competitors.”
Jean-Éric Vergne, #25: “The season has flown by and we’re already back in NYC to finish another season. It’s been a great year for the whole team with the backing of a manufacturer on board and we’ve taken another step forward. On my side, there’s obviously the potential of another championship and the opportunity for the team to clinch the title we so nearly got last year. I wouldn’t say that we do anything differently for a season finale, we do our normal preparations and treat it like any other round because in the end of the day, that is what it is, and the points matter just the same.”
André Lotterer, #36: “I’m really looking forward to New York and to have two good races. After two disappointing ones in Berlin and Bern, I’m ready to turn that around in the last to rounds of the season. The championship title is a little further away than I would have liked to, but it’s still up for grabs and until it’s mathematically impossible, I’ll be giving it all I got to clinch it and to finish the season on a high."
ABOUT DS TECHEETAH
DS TECHEETAH Formula-E team is a Chinese racing team in the all-electric street racing series, ABB FIA Formula E. The team is owned by SECA (Shanghai) Limited.
The team won the 2017/2018 Drivers' Championship title with Jean-Éric Vergne and together with André Lotterer, the team secured second place in the Teams' Championship in the 2017/2018 season of Formula E.
Heading into the 2018/2019 season e of the all-electric championship, TECHEETAH has partnered with DS Automobiles to become DS TECHEETAH.
ABOUT CHINA MEDIA CAPITAL (CMC)
China Media Capital ("CMC"), founded and chaired by Ruigang Li, is one of the most prestigious names in media and entertainment investment and operation in China and global markets. CMC has created and grown a number of champions and emerging leaders in the sectors of media and entertainment, Internet and mobile, and life style, covering film, television, music, sports, location-based entertainment, financial media, financial data service, online-video, smart TV, advertising, social network, game, online-education, e-commerce, O2O and etc.
Headquartered in Shanghai, SECA is a leading Chinese sports marketing and management company specializing in sports talent representation, event management and content/IP development. The company's investors include China Media Capital (CMC) Holdings and member of NBA Hall of Fame, Yao Ming.
ABOUT DS AUTOMOBILES
Driven by the avant-garde spirit and backed by an exceptional heritage of the 1955 DS, DS Automobiles, launched in 2015, aims to embody French luxury savoir-faire in the automotive industry. DS Automobiles is the PSA Group's Premium brand.
Designed for customers seeking personal expression and eager for the latest technologies, the second-generation DS models combine refinement and advanced technology. With the SUVs DS 7 CROSSBACK and DS 3 CROSSBACK, the DS brand is launching a range of six worldwide vehicles, all offered in electrified versions under the E-TENSE signature.
For its demanding customers, DS Automobiles has created "ONLY YOU, the DS experience", its exclusive service program for a unique brand experience.
Present in 32 countries, the DS brand has created and is developing an exclusive distribution network that includes 400 DS STORES and DS SALONS throughout the world in early 2019.
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