Envision Virgin Racing is hoping to mark the 50th Formula E race in style this weekend.
Taking place in Hong Kong on Sunday March 10th, the race will also be the 50th that driver Sam Bird has competed in for the team. And they’re hoping that this golden anniversary helps them to continue their recent strong run.
“I’m really looking forward to mine, and the team’s, 50th race together as it’s been such an incredible relationship,” Bird said. “The Hong Kong track is one we’ve historically performed well at so, as always, we’ll prepare the best we can, and give it our all, but you can never take anything for granted in Formula E and the competition is getting tougher and tougher.”
The Hong Kong E-Prix will take place on a temporary circuit by the city’s harbour front. It is the first of two races in Asia this season and will see drivers going head-to-head, exceeding speeds of 250kph on a 1.85km, 10-turn track.
Bird’s teammate Robin Frijns said: “Hong Kong is always one of the standout races of the year so I’m looking forward to the racing and, of course, the team’s anniversary. As always, qualifying will be key in Hong Kong so if we can get a good grid slot, we’re confident we can compete at the front for the race and hopefully come away with a good result.”
To mark the occasion, the team will race with a special commemorative decal on the purple and red car livery this weekend. Lei Zhang, founder and CEO of team owners Envision Group, will also be in attendance, along with the chairman of the board of Envision Virgin Racing, Franz Jung.
“I’m looking forward to joining the Envision Virgin Racing team for their 50th race in Hong Kong,” Zhang said. “The team has achieved so much over the past five seasons, and now together with the collaboration of Envision Group, we are very much looking forward to the next 50 races together.”
Envision Virgin Racing managing director Sylvain Filippi is also celebrating his 50th race for the team. He added: “It really promises to be a great event and everyone in the team is working so hard to ensure we are in the best possible shape. We’ve enjoyed a great start to the season with the team currently lying second in the teams’ championship, with a win and two podiums to our name, but there’s still a long way to go so we need to continue our strong momentum.”
UK fans can watch the Hong Kong E-Prix live on BBC Two from 7.30am on Sunday March 10th. For all the latest news, head to the Envision Virgin Racing website.