DTM drive ‘pure’ subsequent step for Nick Cassidy and Purple Bull

Cassidy has been a Purple Bull athlete for a number of seasons, selling the long-lasting colors of the vitality drinks maker on his helmet in each Tremendous Formulation and SUPER GT.

Having gained a title every in Japan’s two greatest championships within the final 4 years, the Kiwi has returned to Europe for 2021 to strive his hand at Formulation E with Envision Virgin Racing, and made a formidable debut within the electrical sequence on the streets of Riyadh final month.

Whereas FE will stay his major programme in 2021, Cassidy has additionally been recruited by Purple Bull to characterize the model within the new-look DTM sequence , and can compete in an AF Corse-run Ferrari 488 GT3 when the staff’s common driver Alex Albon is unavailable.

The 26-year-old is not any stranger to the championship, having made a wildcard look in a Lexus LC500 SUPER GT automotive at Hockenheim in 2019 earlier than profitable the primary leg of the SUPER GT x DTM Dream Race at Fuji Speedway the next month.

Cassidy advised Motorsport.com: “I’ve been with Purple Bull for 3 years now as an athlete. We had a extremely enjoyable relationship. The final two years I’ve carried their colors on my helmet in SUPER GT and in Tremendous Formulation. 

“It was a pure dialogue the place they knew I used to be coming to Europe and so they had that chance accessible to drive in some races. 

“I’m absolutely dedicated to Formulation E and Envision Virgin Racing, and with the calendar it’s very compact and really concentrated and never simple to do different races, however I feel the best way issues have labored out with me teaming up with Alex has suited all events completely, which is nice.

“It’s good to drive as a lot as I can as a result of I’m a racing driver, and on the identical time to proceed my relationship with Purple Bull as a result of it’s plenty of enjoyable.”

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Cassidy is the one driver within the Purple Bull’s DTM line-up that additionally contains Formulation 2 racer Liam Lawson to have race expertise of the Ferrari 488 GT3, following his two Intercontinental GT Problem appearances on the Spa 24 Hours and Suzuka 10 Hours with HubAuto Corsa in 2019.

However the Kiwi insists the Ferrari “nonetheless feels fully new to me” and that he must get additional mileage within the automotive to develop into absolutely acquainted with its traits on observe.

“I had a little bit little bit of expertise at Spa a few years in the past however truly didn’t get to drive within the race and even at Suzuka not an enormous quantity of occasions,” Cassidy defined.

“I feel my efficiency was okay in these races and I felt fairly good, however I don’t really feel like I’m ready to stroll in and say I’ve an enormous quantity of expertise within the automotive. 

“For positive there would be the studying facet for me as effectively, and the races shall be fairly completely different in a dash race format [compared to the endurance races in IGTC]. 

“It needs to be plenty of enjoyable, and I hope that we’re joined by many different prime drivers and producers as a result of [the DTM] can nonetheless be an incredible championship.”

Nick Cassidy, Envision Virgin Racing

Picture by: Andy Hone / Motorsport Photos

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