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Virgin VR-01 makes track debut 05 Feb 2010

Virgin Racing's Timo Glock in the VR-01, Silverstone, UK, 4 February 2010. Virgin Racing's Timo Glock in the VR-01, Silverstone, UK, 4 February 2010.

Following Wednesday’s online launch of the VR-01, Virgin Racing’s 2010 campaign took another step forward on Thursday when the car completed its maiden track run. Driver Timo Glock was charged with giving his 2010 machine its debut at Silverstone, whilst team mate Lucas di Grassi - and assembled guests - watched from the UK circuit’s sidelines.

Glock was thrilled with his first taste of the car, saying: “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.”

Virgin Racing’s technical director, Nick Wirth, added: “After 10 challenging months, all the commitment and determination has finally paid off. 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.”

The team, one of four new squads joining the grid this year, will continue their Silverstone shakedown on Friday, before journeying to Jerez, Spain, for next week’s four-day, multi-team test.