Sir Richard Branson has confirmed he will act as reserve driver for the DS Virgin Racing Formula E team at the forthcoming New York E Prix.
The 66-year-old business mogul has stepped in to replace 23-year-old Alex Lynn, who was called up to race in place of the team’s regular driver Jose Maria Lopez, who is unable to compete at the event.
Lynn will race alongside teammate Sam Bird at the event, which takes place on July 15 and 16.
The driver reshuffle means that this will be the first all-British driver line-up to compete in the Formula E series since the competition started in 2014.
Sir Richard said: “I heard about the situation at the team and offered my services! As you know, I’ve always loved a challenge and Alex, Sam and myself are the three plucky Brits ready to take on New York.
“Team Principal Alex Tai is putting me through my paces before the event; I’ve organised some testing time on the streets of Manhattan ahead of the race so hopefully I can impress the boss!”
Lynn commented: “I’m delighted to be racing for the DS Virgin Racing team. Formula E has always impressed me with its combination of advanced technology, iconic city centre locations and some of the best drivers in the world.
“We have a lot of testing and simulator work to do before the New York event, but I’m confident I can show what I’m capable of during my rookie debut in the Big Apple.”