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Virgin completes first laps

With its launch out of the way, Virgin Racing moved to Silverstone on Thursday to carry out the first track run of its new VR-01.
Virgin Racing's new car, launched on Wednesday in London, hit the track for the first time yesterday [Thursday] at Silverstone with Timo Glock completing a few exploratory laps of the Stowe circuit.

Prior to the run Glock and team-mate Lucas Di Grassi revved up the crowd with some 'hot' recce laps in a Nissan GTR, before the former finally got to grips with the VR-01.

"It was a fantastic moment for myself and the whole team to see the VR-01 come alive. It's great to be back in a racing car," said Glock.

Nick Wirth, Virgin Racing's technical director, meanwhile was delighted to see his 'new baby' hit the track for the first time.

"After ten challenging months, all the commitment and determination has finally paid off," he noted. "I am delighted that we have successfully shaken down the VR-01. To achieve 100km of running out-of-the-box is a great achievement, with only a few minor issues along the way.

"Today was all about those tentative first few steps, but the programme really gets underway tomorrow with a full day of on-track evaluation for both Timo and Lucas.

"We have acquired some good information to feed straight back into design for the development of new parts, which we may even be testing next week. All-in-all this is a very pleasing conclusion to a memorable week for Virgin Racing."

"Our shakedown provided our very first opportunity to work together as a trackside operation, and it couldn't have gone any better," concurred team principal John Booth.

"The way the team has come together to achieve such a successful shakedown has been commendable. I'm very proud of what we have achieved, and we're looking forward to taking our place alongside the other F1 teams in the pit-lane next week."

Virgin Racing - formerly Manor Grand Prix - is now due to conclude its shakedown today [Friday].



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The new Virgin Racing VR-01 [Pic credit: Virgin]

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