Formula E Championship contender Sam Bird says he is “ready for the challenge” heading into New York City this weekend, as both he and the DS Virgin Racing Team fight for both the teams’ and the drivers’ championship in this weekend’s title-decider.
The final two rounds of the all-electric series take place on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 July in Red Hook, Brooklyn, where Bird and season-long title rival Jean-Eric Vergne remain the only drivers left in contention. With two races to play out, a total of 58 points are up for grabs with Bird 23 points adrift of Vergne.
Bird, who has two wins and four podiums under his belt so far this season, will also be returning to the site where he secured a famous ‘clean sweep’ winning both races, securing one pole and amassing a total of 53-points.
“For sure, we’re ready for the challenge and will be giving it everything we’ve got”, said Bird.
“It’s going to be tough with the new layout and extended lap count but the whole team has been working flat out – as they have done all season – to prepare for this weekend. We never expected to be in this position at the start of the season, but we’re here and we’re going to do the very best job we can.”
Sylvain Filippi, DS Virgin Racing’s Managing Director is well aware of the pressure behind the team – which will be aiming for its first realistic shot at the Formula E Drivers and Teams titles, but will be aiming to repeat their success at New York just 12 months ago.
“Since the last race, the preparation from everyone has been intense as we know what we’re playing for”, said Filippi.
“Last year was the perfect weekend for the team, both on and off the track, but we know this year the challenge is even greater due to the strength of our competitors. Nevertheless, I know every single team member will do the very best job they can.”
Image: DS Virgin Racing
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