- Nick Cassidy [Copyright: Envision Virgin Racing]

Cassidy signed as Bird's replacement at Virgin Formula E team from 2020/21

The Kiwi gets a shot to race in Europe after last few years in Japan.

New Zealand-born Nick Cassidy will replace Sam Bird at Envision Virgin Racing for 2020/21 FIA Formula E Championship.

Having drove for Envision Virgin in the Formula E rookie test, it comes as no surprise that Super Formula and Super GT champion Cassidy will make a move to Europe to compete in the all-electric series from 2020/21 season in a multi-year deal.

The team already hinted on the signing of Cassidy when the announcement of Bird was made. He will join Robin Frijns in the line-up to make it two Kiwi racers in Formula E with Mitch Evans competing for Jaguar Racing.

"It’s a fantastic opportunity for me to be joining Formula E and Envision Virgin Racing from next season," said Cassidy. "The team is one of the most successful on the grid, have a great set-up and facilities, and have continually impressed me since I joined them for the Rookie Test back in March.

"All drivers know the depth and quality of the field in Formula E is among the best in the world, so it is great to be adding my name to this roster. Racing in Japan has been an amazing experience and I’m fortunate that I’ve been able to achieve so much in a short space of time, but I feel it’s now time for the next challenge in my career and I’m very much looking forward to doing that with Envision Virgin Racing and Formula E."

Envision Virgin's Managing Director Sylvain Filippi stated: "As a team, it is always important to look ahead to ensure our long-term success. In Nick Cassidy we know we have a very ambitious, capable driver with raw talent, speed and race craft, as well as an impressive track record for his age.

"Moving to become a world championship next season, we know Formula E is going to be as competitive as ever, but from his short time with us we are confident – together with Robin Frijns – we have two drivers that can compete at the sharp end to win championships."

And, Envision Group’s Franz Jung and Chairman of the Board of Envision Virgin Racing added: "I’m delighted to welcome Nick Cassidy to the Envision family. Nick’s track record speaks for itself, so I know he’s going to be an invaluable asset to the team alongside Robin."

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[Image courtesy: Envision Virgin Racing] [Note: The story was written by me on FormulaRapida.net]

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