DS TECHEETAH ENTER THE MARRAKESH E-PRIX ON TOP OF THE STANDINGS
After a great start to the 2018/2019 ABB FIA Formula E season where the newly formed DS TECHEETAH team left the first round with both drivers in the Top 5 and leading the Team’s Championship, the team has had a good rest over the holidays and is now fully charged and ready to hit the streets of Marrakesh, Morocco, on 12 January 2019.
Formula E returns to the majestic streets of Marrakesh and the Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan for the third consecutive year, just a few minutes away from the world-famous medina and souks. The 1.85-mile circuit follows the form of the track, named after the Crown Prince of Morocco, before it ventures out onto the streets of Marrakesh’s modern hotel district. From the track, the audience will see the DS E-TENSE FE19 swoosh by with a mixed backdrop of the Atlas Mountains, the centuries-old Marrakesh wall and the pitlane.
Mark Preston, Team Principal: “We had a really good first race together as a new team, DS TECHEETAH, and it was a proud moment to watch everything come together during the race weekend. We definitely had our challenges, and I think we pretty much had every curve ball there was thrown at us, but the team handled them very well and came out on top. I must give some extra kudos to our new Team Manager, David Clarke, who had two practice session cancelled, qualifying re-arranged on top of all the new rules and regulations of this season, during his first race but still managed to lead the team practically and professionally.
“Ad Diriyah was a great start to the season for us but we now look to our next challenge, the Marrakesh E-Prix which we believe will shake up the grid further. Having raced at the circuit previously will give us some advantage but as it’s the first time that we take the Gen2 car there, we will have a lot of work to do.”
Jean-Éric Vergne #25: “Being so close to the victory in the first round has left me very hungry for more and it’s what my focus is all about right now. Marrakesh hasn’t been a good track for us in the past so I’m hoping that we can change that and leave Morocco on a high note this year. It still a very long way to go and we know that we need to continue to be razor sharp for the rest of the season.”
André Lotterer #36: “I’m looking forward to coming back to Marrakesh to better my result from last year. It’s a track that I enjoy driving and we’re competitive, so it’s going to be a joy to hit the track for the first time in 2019. We showed that we’ve got pace in Ad Diriyah, but the season is long and we’re expecting some good fights on track for the remaining races. Formula E has really hit a new level this year in terms of the quality of racing and the wider entertainment product and it’s so nice to see the championship going from strength to strength each season.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
FanBoost: To vote, simply Tweet #FanBoost #DriverName for eg. #FanBoost #AndreLotterer or #FanBoost #JeanEricVergne
Voting is available on https://fanboost.fiaformulae.com or via the Formula E App. Voting opens six days prior to the race. For double-headers, voting will open at 6pm the day before race two.
FanBoost has been update and now gives five drivers an extra power boost instead of the top three as in previous seasons. The voting closes 15min into the race and the FanBoost can’t be used before the race time of 23min.
Each driver has to pass the ATTACK MODE zone to complete the race. Once triggered, the driver can enable the ATTACK MODE which gives 25Kw extra power.
Current Team Standings
1 DS TECHEETAH 29 pts
2 BMW I Andretti Motorsport 28 pts
3 Mahindra Racing 15 pts
4 Nissan e.Dams 14 pts
5 Panasonic Jaguar Racing 13 pts
6 Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 6 pts
Current Top 10 Driver Standings
1 Antonio Felix da Costa 28 pts
2 Jean-Éric Vergne 18 pts
3 Jerome d’Ambrosio 15 pts
4 Mitch Evans 12 pts
5 André Lotterer 11 pts
6 Sebastien Buemi 8 pts
7 Oliver Rowland 6 pts
8 Daniel Abt 4 pts
9 Lucas DiGrassi 2 pts
10 Nelson Piquet Jr 1 pt
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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
Young French brand, DS Automobiles was launched in 2015. Its ambition is to embody, in the automotive industry, the French luxury know-how. Driven by its outstanding heritage and avant-garde spirit, DS perpetuates the values of innovation and distinction inherited from the first DS, launched in 1955, and opens a new territory in the premium market.
The first second-generation model of DS, DS 7 CROSSBACK, the SUV with innovative savoir-faire from Paris, opens a range of six global vehicles with one launch per year. In September 2018, DS brand presented DS 3 CROSSBACK its 'luxury compact SUV’ aiming to be the next high-tech style icon, and its 100% electric version E-TENSE.
Available in 2019, DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 4X4 - the hybrid powertrain by DS - and DS 3 CROSSBACK E-TENSE – the first ever DS full electric car - deliver the strategy of electrification of the entire range.
Designed for customers looking for a means to express themselves as individuals, the DS cars stand apart through their avant-garde design, refinement in every detail, advanced technologies and dynamic serenity.
For its discerning customers, who demand personalisation and exclusivity, DS Automobiles has created 'ONLY YOU, the DS experience', a programme of exclusive services for a unique brand experience.
DS models are distributed via DS STORES and DS SALONS, comprising the new network exclusive to DS Automobiles. In the first half of 2018, 140 showrooms were opened around the world and the brand had 340 sites by the end of June 2018, including DS WORLD PARIS, its flagship at 33 Rue François 1er.