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Thomas Preining
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Driver Details
Nationality Flag of Austria Austrian
Date of Birth 21 July 1998
Date of Death
Experience World Endurance Championship
Porsche Super Cup
Formula E Career
Tests
Début
Teams
Current Season
Team Flag of Germany TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team
Role Test/Reserve driver

Thomas Preining (born 21 July 1998 in Linz, Austria) is an Austrian racing driver, who will serve as a test/reserve driver for the Porsche Formula E Team during the 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship.[1] A Porsche junior driver and GT driver, Preining has experience of both the World Endurance Championship as well as the Porsche Carrera Super Cup, although his single-seater experience is limited to just two seasons a Formula 4 level.[2]

Background

Preining began his career in karting in his native Austria, competing in various Rotax Championships from 2009 onward.[2] After winning numerous national and European karting titles, Preining moved into single-seater racing in 2015, taking a seat in the ADAC Formel 4 Championship.[2] Six races saw Preining claim a single podium finish, while also making a handful of appearances in the Italian F4 Championship.[2]

Porsche Power

2016 saw Preining move into car racing full time, with the Austrian subsequently picking up two wins en-route to fourth in the 2016 ADAC F4 Series.[2] That attracted the attentions of Porsche, who offered the Austrian a seat in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup for 2017, supporting the FIA Formula One World Championship.[2] Preining would also race in the German version of the Carrera Cup as well, claiming one win across all of his series.[2]

After signing a deal to become a Porsche factory driver for 2018, Preining would enjoy the best season of his early career.[2][3] Ten victories in Porsche Carrera Cup Germany saw the Austrian win that series outright, while four wins in ten in the Supercup left him in third in Porsche's biggest single-make series.[2] Preining would also get his first taste of the World Endurance Championship, racing for Porsche's customers Gulf Racing UK.[2]

Preining would move into endurance racing full time in 2019, getting a full WEC/ELMS programme with Proton Competition, as well as a factory seat in the ADAC GT Masters.[2]

Formula E History

Preining would get his first taste of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship during Porsche's preparations for their debut in the 2019/20 season.[4] The Austrian was a surprise announcement as the new Porsche Formula E Team's test and reserve driver alongside Simona de Silvestro, a deal revealed on 30 September 2019.[1] Preining would later get his first public test in the Porsche 99X Electric at the 2020 Rookie Test.[5]

Full Formula E Record

Shown below are a series of tables outlining Thomas Preining's career in Formula E in statistical form:

Thomas Preining's Formula E Test Record
Year Entrant No. Car Role
2019/20 Flag of Germany TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team[1] 0 Porsche 99X Electric Test/Reserve driver

References

Videos and Images:

References:
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Andrew van Leeuwen, 'De Silvestro lands Porsche Formula E role', motorsport.com, (Motorsport Network, 30/09/2019), https://www.motorsport.com/formula-e/news/silvestro-preining-porsche-development-driver/4550411/, (Accessed 30/09/2019)
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 'Thomas Preining', driverdb.com, (DriverDB, 2019), https://www.driverdb.com/drivers/thomas-preining/, (Accessed 02/10/2019)
  3. 'Thomas Preining', porsche.com, (Porsche GmbH, 2019), https://www.porsche.com/international/motorsportandevents/motorsport/gt-worksracing/worksdrivers/preining/, (Accessed 02/10/2019)
  4. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named TPre19A
  5. 'Porsche sending Makowiecki and Preining to Formula-E', sportscarillustrated.com, (Sport Car Illustrated, 20/02/2020), https://sportscarillustrated.com/news_20/b/news20b_0117_formula-e_porsche_drivers.html, (Accessed 20/02/2020)
2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship
Entrants
Audi Sport ABT SchaefflerBMW i Andretti MotorsportDS TecheetahEnvision Virgin RacingGEOX DRAGONMahindra RacingMercedes-Benz EQ Formula E TeamNIO 333 FE TeamNissan e.DamsPanasonic Jaguar RacingROKiT Venturi RacingTAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team
Manufacturers
AudiBMWDSJaguarMahindra & MahindraMercedes-BenzNIONissanPenskePorsche
Cars
Spark SRT05e
Audi e-tron FE06BMW iFE.20DS E-Tense FE20Jaguar I-Type IVMahindra M6ElectroMercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01NIO FE-005Nissan IM02Penske EV-4Porsche 99X Electric
Drivers
2 Sam Bird3 Oliver Turvey4 Robin Frijns5 Stoffel Vandoorne6 Brendon Hartley7 Nico Müller11 Lucas di Grassi13 António Félix da Costa17 Nyck de Vries18 Neel Jani19 Felipe Massa20 Mitch Evans22 Oliver Rowland23 Sébastien Buemi25 Jean-Éric Vergne27 Alexander Sims28 Maximilian Günther33 Ma Qing Hua36 André Lotterer48 Edoardo Mortara51 James Calado64 Jérôme d'Ambrosio66 Daniel Abt/René Rast94 Pascal Wehrlein/Alex Lynn
E-Prix
Diriyah IDiriyah IISantiagoMexico CityMarrakechBerlin IBerlin IIBerlin IIIBerlin IVBerlin VBerlin VI
Cancelled E-Prix
Sanya E-PrixRome E-PrixParis E-PrixSeoul E-PrixJakarta E-PrixNew York City E-PrixLondon E-Prix
Tests
ValenciaRookie Test
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2 Sam Bird • 3 Nelson Piquet Jr. • 4 Robin Frijns • 5 Stoffel Vandoorne • 6 Maximilian Günther/Felipe Nasr • 7 José María López • 8 Tom Dillmann • 11 Lucas di Grassi • 16 Oliver Turvey • 17 Gary Paffett • 19 Felipe Massa • 20 Mitch Evans • 22 Oliver Rowland • 23 Sébastien Buemi • 25 Jean-Éric Vergne • 27 Alexander Sims • 28 António Félix da Costa • 36 André Lotterer • 48 Edoardo Mortara • 64 Jérôme d'Ambrosio • 66 Daniel Abt • 94 Pascal Wehrlein/Felix Rosenqvist
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Former
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