|Date of Birth||21 July 1998|
|Date of Death|
|Experience||World Endurance Championship|
Porsche Super Cup
|Formula E Career|
|Team||TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team|
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. 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.
Preining began his career in karting in his native Austria, competing in various Rotax Championships from 2009 onward. 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. Six races saw Preining claim a single podium finish, while also making a handful of appearances in the Italian F4 Championship.
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. 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. Preining would also race in the German version of the Carrera Cup as well, claiming one win across all of his series.
After signing a deal to become a Porsche factory driver for 2018, Preining would enjoy the best season of his early career. 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. Preining would also get his first taste of the World Endurance Championship, racing for Porsche's customers Gulf Racing UK.
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. 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. Preining would later get his first public test in the Porsche 99X Electric at the 2020 Rookie Test.
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|
|2019/20||TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team||0||Porsche 99X Electric||Test/Reserve driver|
Videos and Images:
- 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)
- 'Thomas Preining', driverdb.com, (DriverDB, 2019), https://www.driverdb.com/drivers/thomas-preining/, (Accessed 02/10/2019)
- 'Thomas Preining', porsche.com, (Porsche GmbH, 2019), https://www.porsche.com/international/motorsportandevents/motorsport/gt-worksracing/worksdrivers/preining/, (Accessed 02/10/2019)
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- '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)