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Tincknell and Imperatori to test for NIO

Ford GT driver Harry Tincknell and former World Endurance Championship driver Alex Imperatori will test for NIO Formula E in the upcoming rookie test.

It will be Tincknell’s second time in the NIO 003 car having completed a private test at the Calafat Circuit, Spain.

The British driver has competed in single seaters before, finished fifth in FIA European Formula 3 for Carlin in 2013.

Since then Tincknell has been competing in sportscars and, most recently, with Ford Chip Ganassi in WEC.

In 2018 he will compete with the same team in both the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and WEC.

Tincknell said: “I’m really delighted to be driving at the Marrakesh rookie test with NIO Formula E Team and thank them for the opportunity. I am looking forward to helping the team at the test and gaining more experience with the Formula E car.

“We’re doing a lot of preparation before the event and I’ll also be able to learn from Oliver and Luca during the race to maximise the weekend.”

Imperatori will make his debut in the Formula E car although he does drive NIO’s supercar as a professional during user experience days.

He previously competed in WEC with Rebellion in the LMP1 class and has made four appearances at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a best finish of 18th.

It was his only finish in the classic endurance race where he was team-mates with Dominik Kraihamer and Formula E driver Daniel Abt.

The Swiss driver said: “I’m truly excited to be joining the NIO Formula E Team for the Marrakesh rookie test. Formula E is where every driver wants to be right now so I’m very thankful to the team for this opportunity after having worked with NIO on the EP9 project.

“I am looking forward to discovering the Formula E car and, while I’m sure it will be a steep learning curve, I will be doing my best to adapt quickly and provide the team with solid and valuable feedback throughout the test.”

The Marrakesh ePrix takes place on January 13 with the rookie test the following day at the Circuit International Automobile Moulay el Hassan.

Jack Amey

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