The driver changes continue for Team Aguri with the announcement that Ma Qinghua will be replacing Salvador Duran.
The 28 year old racer rose to prominence as the test driver for both the HRT and Caterham Formula 1 teams, and also has the honour of being the first Chinese driver to win an FIA World Touring Car Championship race, when he secured victory at the 2014 Race of Russia – his debut in the series.
Qinghua will replace Salvador Duran, who had previously rejoined the team between the Buenos Aires and Long Beach rounds of the Championship, and will race alongside Antonio Felix da Costa.
Ma Qinghua commented: “Joining Team Aguri is a great opportunity for me and I am very excited to be racing in Formula E, as the series has attracted some of the best drivers from around the world.”
“I’m looking forward to racing in a single seater series again and to managing the unique demands of a Formula E car, which is renowned for its handling and energy management demands.”
Mark Preston, Team Principal, commented: “We’d like to thank Salvador for his commitment to the team and his hard work in developing the car. We wish him the very best in his future career.”
“Ma has shown his prowess in tin tops and we are excited to give him the opportunity to return to single seater racing as we drive the team forward.”
We’ve seen a changes throughout the first half of season with Team Aguri, with this the third driver to race alongside da Costa. With the new sponsorship deal with Gulf Livery confirmed in March I’m sure they would like a settled second half of the season.