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Duran makes Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy debut in VIP car

 Former Formula E driver Salvador Duran will return to the paddock in the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy VIP car for the second round of the championship’s inaugural season.

The VIP car, which was driven by Alice Powell in the opening race of the season, will feature a different high profile driver at each of the 10 races this season.

Duran will race at his home circuit for the first time since the 2016 Mexico City E-Prix, when he finished 15th for Team Aguri.

“I’m excited to get behind the wheel of the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy car in front of the passionate Mexican fans,” he said.

“The series got off to a great start in Saudi Arabia and I’m looking forward to driving this electric race car for the first time.

“Alice Powell did a great job at the first race so I’m hoping to put in a strong performance.

“It’s great to see Jaguar at the forefront of electric vehicle technology and I can’t wait for Saturday’s race.”

Duran competed in the first two Formula E season, both years for the Aguri squad. He took three points finishes in the inaugural season, including a season’s best of sixth in Moscow. The Mexican then made three appearances for the team in season two, before being replaced by Ma Qing Hua for the final four races.

Duran completes the 12-car grid for the second round of the championship.

After winning the inaugural race in December, Simon Evans leads the championship standings, ahead of Sergio Jimenez and Bryan Sellers.

Bethonie Waring

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