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Extreme E 2021
Datum
  Plats Land
3-4/4
Desert X Prix AlUla, Saudi Arabien
29-30/5 Ocean X Prix Lac Rose, Senegal
28-29/8 Arctic X Prix Kangerlussuaq Grönland
23-24/10 Amazon X Prix Prix: Para Brasilien
11-12/12 Glacier X Prix Patagonia Argentina
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21-06-11 Extreme E: South American races update
Extreme E, the electric off-road racing series, has confirmed today that it is actively seeking alternate destinations for the final two races in Season 1 due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation in South America.

Extreme E was due to hold its Amazon X Prix in the Brazilian state of Pará, October 23-24, before heading further south to the Glacier X Prix in Patagonia, Argentina, December 11-12, however having monitored the global situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, it has decided to postpone visiting the region until Season 2.

Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Extreme E, said: “We’ve been closely monitoring the situation regarding all Extreme E locations for 2021 and have chosen to make this pre-emptive decision on racing in South America this year. As a new series embarking on our opening Season, our priority is to deliver a five-race calendar of events which are safe and responsible for our global participants, partners and staff to travel to and attend.

“This was not a decision made lightly, however current travel advice and restrictions have also meant we have been unable to visit the race areas in advance to undertake the necessary reconnaissance visits, which are especially vital due to the remote nature of our operations.

“We will of course continue to support our important reforestation and agroforestry initiatives which are already well underway in the region thanks to the help of Dr Francisco Olivieira and our partnership with The Nature Conservancy in Brazil. We would also like to thank the local authorities in Brazil and Argentina who have been supportive throughout the whole process and we hope we can return in 2022.”

Alternative race locations are currently under exploration and will be announced in due course. Options include the possibility of the Western Isles, Scotland ahead of Glasgow hosting COP26 in November.

Extreme E has already completed two of its five X Prixs in its inaugural season – the Desert X Prix in Saudi Arabia and Ocean X Prix in Senegal – and is now in full planning mode for its Arctic X Prix, taking place in Greenland at the end of August.

Each X Prix event uses its sporting platform to highlight a different issue facing our planet, and as well as raising awareness of these problems, also highlights solutions and leaves a long-lasting positive impact in its race locations through its Legacy Programmes. These programmes include planting one million mangroves in Senegal, turtle conservation in the Red Sea, the empowerment and education of children on climate change in Greenland in collaboration with Unicef, and agroforestry initiatives and reforestation in Pará in partnership with The Nature Conservancy.

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21-06-02 Ocean X Prix supporting the Lac Rose community
Extreme E’s Ocean X Prix was won by Rosberg X Racing’s Molly Taylor and Johan Kristoffersson, making it two wins from two, meaning they maintain their lead in the overall standings.

The action packed weekend was also the chance for Extreme E to highlight the issues the world is facing due to the climate crisis and some of the various solutions on offer.

Following the Ocean X Prix Final, Extreme E staff, guests and drivers including the likes of Jamie Chadwick, Stéphane Sarrazin, Kevin Hansen and Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky, came straight off the podium to take part in a beach clean of the race course, collecting over 100 bags of waste from the sands of Lac Rose.

Stephan Senghor, Senegalese eco-entrepreneur and Founder of GroupeSenghor which has worked alongside Extreme E and its Legacy Partner to.org over the past 12 months, said: “Today is a great day for me, it's as if we're closing the loop because we started here with a beach clean up over a year ago, and we ended up with the big beach clean up, including teams and series staff together, and that felt like a good moment for me because it brings the message together.

“We're not here for show, we are here to make some real change happen. This is the message that Extreme E is conveying, its technology, it's radical sport, but it's also about care for the planet, and care for the planet comes with action not just intention. Extreme E has demonstrated that in Lac Rose, there aren’t many sports where drivers come straight from the press conference to pick up trash on the beach.

“What Extreme E has done in this area, no event whatsoever has done the same. My huge thanks to Alejandro and this team, and to Nachson Mimran and his to.org changemakers who turned this event here in Senegal from a dream into a reality.”

Nachson Mimran, CEO and co-founder of to.org, said: “The to.org team and I are immensely grateful to Extreme E and all those that supported the Ocean X Prix over the weekend, accelerating the mission to reduce the effects of climate change in our second home, Senegal.

“The nation shone brightly on screens worldwide over the weekend, a global audience was able to witness the spectacular coastline we are working hard to protect. The to.org team and I offer our thanks to Alejandro Agag, the fantastic Extreme E race teams and everyone that supported our Legacy Programme initiative to plant and protect mangrove trees. I can't forget to mention our local implementation partner in the mangrove project, Oceanium, and our long-term collaborator and friend, Stephan Senghor, for their tireless dedication to Senegal's environmental health.”

In the days lead up to the racing, and over the race weekend itself, Extreme E media and guests were given various insight talks, including the subjects of ocean health and plastic pollution.

Sheena Talma, Scientific Committee Advisor to Extreme E, said: “Extreme E is an innovative way of portraying the messages of the climate crisis. For a long time as scientists we sit in a different world and that means that a lot of our work and information about global climate change stays within that community, but I think there's been a big push towards trying to get out of those crystal palaces and essentially disseminate that information and I believe Extreme E gives us an extra platform to do that.

“It involves a very different group of people so it's interesting to see for example during the breaks in the racing broadcast, environmental information highlighting the effects we are having on the planet versus sporting content.

“One of the things that I spoke about was the fact that we need to consider this uncomfortable subject and then take action. When we talk about things like global climate change and the fact that it's actually immediate, not two years from now and relying on someone else to deal with it, it makes people uncomfortable, but if we don’t talk about it, find solutions and take action we will all be in real trouble.

“We have a lot of work to do but I’m really optimistic, there are a lot of people that are working to try to change mentalities locally, for example the mangrove project Extreme E is supporting also works with the community on how to mitigate the effects of climate change.”

Extreme E has big ambitions aside from delivering thrilling racing and these are met through its Legacy Programmes in each country it visits and its collaborations with some of the most innovative companies in the world to highlight the climate crisis, support communities and showcase real world solutions.

These companies include AFC Energy that delivers a hydrogen fuel cell to charge the fleet of ODYSSEY 21s emission-free, Zenobe that has provided a second-life battery to power the paddock, Henosis masks that have produced biodegradable masks for the Extreme E team, plus Polymateria that revealed a very exciting LivingLab in Senegal.

The LivingLab showcased LyfeCycle, a new solution from Polymateria to tackle plastic pollution, just one of the many issues of climate change. The glass box was filed with sand from the course and used LyfeCycle products which over the coming months will biodegrade demonstrating the potential of this plastic that can be recycled, or will return to nature in a matter of months leaving no trace, unlike normal plastic, which take thousands of years to degrade and when it does, leaves harmful microplastics behind that have a detrimental impact of the planet.

Adding a final statement, Sheena Talma said: “I think the question now goes back to us, what can we do right now to mitigate the effects that we are all having on the planet?”

While Extreme E’s race locations are in remote corners of the world, everyone has the power to make a difference, and this is demonstrated through Extreme E’s Count Us In Challenge, which invites fans to take practical steps on climate change by pledging to take action to reduce their carbon footprint in support of their favourite team. Fan pledges for each team are added together in the Challenge leaderboard, with the winning team claiming the Extreme E Sustainability Award at the end of the series.

Extreme E’s next event – the Arctic X Prix – takes place from 28-29 August in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland to highlight the melting ice cap and the issues that brings.

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21- 05- 30 Two from two for Rosberg X Racing after dramatic conclusion to Ocean X Prix
Rosberg X Racing teammates Johan Kristoffersson and Molly Taylor reigned supreme once more at Extreme E’s second event in Lac Rose, Dakar, Senegal (29/30 May) with the ever-impressive duo overcoming intense pressure from their adversaries to be crowned winners of the first-ever Ocean X prix.

The pioneering electric SUV, off-road racing series backed up its dramatic curtain-raising Desert X Prix at the beginning of April by delivering even more spectacular moments and overtakes against the stunning backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean.

It was low tide but high drama in the grand final with two of the four cars retiring at the first corner, that left Rosberg X Racing to extend their championship lead and Veloce Racing to snatch a surprise result, bouncing back from their disastrous Desert X Prix.

The tight and technical Ocean X Prix course was a hit with the all-star field of Extreme E drivers and yielded close racing and several options for alternate routes which were deployed throughout the two days of competition.

It was Segi TV Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kyle LeDuc that took the Super Sector title, earning an extra five points for his team setting the fastest time of 1m50.891s - 1.289 seconds ahead of X44’s Sébastien Loeb.

Nico Rosberg, Founder and CEO of Rosberg X Racing, said: “I’m so happy for us as a team to have won in Extreme E for the second time. Two out of two – wow!!

“You know, it’s not to be underestimated the challenge that was out there this weekend. It’s so difficult because no one really understands the cars properly, as you don’t get a chance to test them. So, you have to guess and figure things out – as a team, we’re really trying to bring a Formula One approach to Extreme E here which is really helping us a team to perform. It’s been an amazing team effort, we just kept building it up through the weekend. And it’s so cool as well that in AlUla, it was Johan that very much did it at the start and Molly followed on, but today it’s Molly that made the magic in the final and then Johan brought it home – such a brilliant dynamic which really underlines the topic of equality which is one of the things that this championship is based on - that’s fantastic to see.

“The race format here has been a big step forward from AlUla in terms of development for race excitement – but it’s still early stages and there’s still a way to go. One needs to analyse again, and I think we keep on seeing more and more glimpses of such awesome motor racing and this will continue to evolve into a super spectacle the more we go on. Remember, nobody’s ever done this before, and you have to be openminded and accept that you are going to learn and make it more and more exciting each time.

“I love this whole championship and being in the role of team principal - I’m still as competitive as hell even though I’m not actually driving.. Anyway, we have the two best drivers in the car who are doing a much better job than I could - and I couldn’t be happier!”

Drama unfolded before the first corner in the Ocean X prix grand Final as GridPlay winners Veloce Racing opted to start on the third grid slot, but the advantage was quickly lost as Stéphane Sarrazin was squeezed out at the first gate dropping back to last position.

JBXE’s Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky picked up rear-wheel damage before she even reached the first corner and inevitably was forced to retire the car, as was Cristina Gutiérrez in the X44 car who came to blows with the Rosberg X Racing ODYSSEY 21 – in an incident reminiscent of the two Formula 1 World Champions on-track disputes in 2016 – at turn one and ended her day on the sidelines.

Molly Taylor and Sarrazin were therefore left to duke it out for the lead, with the Frenchman closing the gap throughout the lap and ending his stint hot on the heels of the 2016 Australian Rally Champion.

To ensure officials could safely clear the stricken X44 and JBXE cars, a brief red flag was deployed, as the intense battle for the lead was put on hold whilst the drivers made their way into the switch zone.

A standing start restart was initiated as Jamie Chadwick and Johan Kristoffersson prepared for an all or nothing, one-lap showdown.

A close-fought drag race down to the first gate ended with light contact between the two ODYSSEY 21s handing Kristoffersson the advantage. Once he had reached the technical section of the course, the three-time FIA World Rallycross Champion began to stretch his legs opening up a 15-second advantage to win Rosberg X Racing’s second Extreme E X prix in succession.

Molly Taylor, Rosberg X Racing driver, said: “It’s so fantastic to have won today! Coming here, it felt like we had a lot of work to do over the weekend, and it certainly didn’t come easy, but with every session we just kept our heads down and just saw where we needed to improve, and everything totally paid off in the end.

“It’s difficult to predict anything in Extreme E even when you have the best laid plan, but the team was awesome, and Johan really did a phenomenal job too.

“Obviously, we didn’t get to choose our grid position for the final, so we were where we were and that for me was on the inside, so it was all about trying to get the track position - I really just tried to get that established as early as I could and then hold onto it. It’s a steep bank and pretty tight coming into turn one, and as I went through, I made some contact, but this is close racing and that can happen.

“A really huge thanks to the team who did an incredible job and to Johan, equally incredible.
“I’m just really delighted to have won and it’s been an amazing weekend!”

Johan Kristoffersson, Rosberg X Racing driver, said: “I’m super happy to be Extreme E winners for the second time! Molly executed everything perfectly, she did an amazing job taking care of the traffic in her lap - I was really impressed with that. The team also did a fantastic job, I have to say a big thanks to them for bringing me and Molly up to speed over the weekend, as we really weren’t the fastest coming into this event but in the end, we were quick where we needed to be and got good starts, so we couldn’t wish for more than that. It’s very important as well to keep the car in one piece as you get heavily penalised if you aren’t able to finish a race – so that in itself can be challenging as the racing is close here and there’s always the possibility of contact plus of course there’s the terrain which is hard on the cars – but it all makes for a great spectacle which is great.

“When I got in the car for the standing start for the final, the steering was a little bit off, so when I hit hyperdrive early on, it was a struggle to hold on to it - unfortunately this led to a bit of contact with Jamie which was not intentional at all. But from there on, the car was working really well, and I could do what I needed to do. And here we are as winners - happy Days!”

Jamie Chadwick, Veloce Racing driver, said: “Honestly I’ve just really enjoyed the weekend. We went into the weekend with a bit of a plan, we needed the track time, the car wasn’t where we needed it to be at the beginning and I think we lacked a bit of seat time so our pace wasn’t outright quickest so we just focussed on our plan.

“This is very different to driving single seaters and I’m constantly learning and I can’t really underestimate that but I think everyone is, it’s new for everyone. I’m really really enjoying the challenge and I think the coolest thing for me this weekend was I nearly had the chance to be racing wheel to wheel with the likes of Sébastien Loeb and Johan Kristoffersson. To ever have thought that was going to happen is crazy.

“I think Extreme E’s such a crazy crazy championship that to take P2 with the alternate strategy was great. A massive, massive thanks to the team, I’m so grateful we’ve managed to get through the weekend and get a podium.

“Over the next three months we will be pushing hard to train, and Greenland will present a new challenge. I want to be able to jump in anything and be quick.”

Stéphane Sarrazin, Veloce Racing driver, said: “This weekend the plan was to really not make any mistakes. We’ve improved the set-up of the car run-by-run and we need milage, we need to learn the car, and the team do also. We are happy, it’s just amazing.”

“To improve during the weekend we had to look at the various lines and improve the car and in the end we found a really good line. This stage was really good as we found a different line to overtake.”

Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky, JBXE driver said: “Overall performance has improved greatly session by session working with Kevin has been really good. It’s a shame to just make it to Turn 1 of course in the Final, but to end in P3, we are happy with that.

“The first contact at the start really hurt us, after that I felt the car was really slowing down, after a few hundred metres I heard a big noise and then it was almost impossible to drive but I tried to take it as far as possible which gave us P3 in the end.

“I would say we found a much better setting for how we want the car to perform. Kevin and I have quite similar driving styles, so we want the car to be quite similar in handling and that’s the way we’ve developed the car in each session, so I think it’s that work that made us feel comfortable in the end, and when you feel comfortable and you can rely on the car, that’s when you can push and be quick.

“Jenson [Button] has approved our performance this weekend so he’s super happy for us.”

Kevin Hansen, JBXE driver said: “I think Mikaela and I have been a really good duo this weekend!
“I didn’t have any expectations coming into the event, I just knew we had to work really hard to be competitive and I think we have done that. For the past twelve days we have known we are going to race together, and the team has done a great job to make progress with the car. It was kind of a rough start for them in AlUla so coming here was almost like starting over so I am really happy to have helped them this weekend and, in the end, to get a podium which has been really good. Sometimes it’s about the few hundredths in the races to get a win or a podium and today was about getting the car as far as possible after a problem.

“We are all super happy to go home from this weekend with some trophies! Next stop is Greenland – I’ve no idea at the moment whether I will be driving in that race yet but I’m certainly ready for more races and I’m ready for a seat full time if the opportunity comes – hopefully I’ve proved myself this weekend and would be super happy to continue!”

With the tide coming in on a spectacular Ocean X Prix, the Extreme E fraternity will return to the championship’s floating paddock – the St Helena – and head north to Greenland for the Artic X Prix on 28/29 August.

Final Result
1. Rosberg X Racing (Johan Kristoffersson / Molly Taylor) 2 laps
2. Veloce Racing (Stéphane Sarrazin / Jamie Chadwick) +14.676s
3. JBXE (Kevin Hansen / Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky) DNF
4. X44 (Sébastien Loeb / Cristina Gutiérrez) DNF

Semi-Final 1
Last but not least, the Semi-Final featuring the fastest three teams from yesterday’s qualifying did not disappoint. Mattias Ekström aboard the e-CUPRA ABT XE1 utilised the third grid slot to get the all-important holeshot and, with the flat, damp sand running along the sea underneath him, scampered up the road and into an early lead.

Meanwhile, Rosberg X Racing ace Johan Kristoffersson pulled off a move similar to his Saudi Arabian Turn One switchback overtake as he swept around the outside of X44’s Sébastien Loeb and the pair began to hunt down Ekström.

Coming into the last section of corners, the trio were separated by less than two seconds as they dived into the switch zone nose to tail. The driver swap spelled disaster for then-race leaders ABT CUPRA XE as weekend stand-in Jutta Kleinschmidt was slow away from the box, leaving X44’s Cristina Gutiérrez and Rosberg X Racing’s Molly Taylor in a drag race down to Turn One with the Australian snatching the advantage before entering the tight and twisty wooded section.

Try as she might, Gutiérrez was unable to overhaul Taylor despite an inspired attempt to pass with an alternate line over the ‘Moguls’. Rosberg X Racing led them home with X44 claiming the other spot in the final and ABT CUPRA XE were left wondering where it all went wrong.

Semi-Final 2
The middle three qualifiers were all hungry for a place in the final as they lined up on the grid. JBXE’s Kevin Hansen followed up an impressive Saturday with a sensational start to get ahead of the duelling Jamie Chadwick and Oliver Bennett.

The XITE ENERGY RACING powered by myenergi driver got alongside the W Series Champion on the exit of Turn One but Chadwick was having none of it, masterfully defending to hang on to P2. It didn’t last, however, as a malfunctioning pit limiter for the Veloce Racing car handed Bennett the advantage in the closing stages of the lap.

At the driver swap, Hansen passed the reigns over to Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky who hopped in with a healthy 25-second lead, an advantage she held and even extended crossing the line with nearly half a minute in hand over her rivals.

Further back, Stéphane Sarrazin and Christine GZ were now behind the wheels of their respective ODYSSEY 21s and still locked in combat. The French racer got his elbows out, muscling his way into P2, all the while with the persistent pit limiter issue keeping Veloce team personnel on tenterhooks back at the Command Centre. JBXE and Veloce Racing progressed to the Final putting pay to their respective Desert X Prix events.

Shoot Out
A Shoot Out for the ages saw three top-drawer teams face off in spectacular fashion. Segi TV Chip Ganassi Racing, Andretti United Extreme E and ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team all endured difficult Saturdays with mechanical gremlins plaguing their qualifying runs.

Timmy Hansen stole the advantage into the first corner with Sara Price and Carlos Sainz in hot pursuit. The matador patiently waited for his opportunity and wrestled the lead away from Hansen before entering the switch zone.

At the driver swap, Laia Sanz ran into trouble failing to successfully connect her communications cable. Nonetheless, Sanz re-joined in the lead and looked to have the edge but Kyle LeDuc had other ideas. The 39-year-old fired out of the switch zone in third place but quickly set about closing the gap to the top two.

LeDuc showed his mettle by slicing through the gap to Catie Munnings and claiming second place, followed quickly by a spectacular move on Sanz to claim victory in the Shoot Out.

With the Desert X Prix now done-and-dusted, the cars will be loaded back onto the St. Helena – Extreme E’s floating centrepiece – to set sail for Lac Rose in Senegal, the setting for the Ocean X Prix on 29/30 May.

Championship Standings
1. Rosberg X Racing(Johan Kristoffersson / Molly Taylor) 71 points
2. X44(Sébastien Loeb / Cristina Gutiérrez) 57 points
3. JBXE(Jenson Button / Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky) 44 points
4. Andretti United Extreme E(Timmy Hansen / Catie Munnings) 37 points
5. XITE ENERGY RACING(Oliver Bennett / Christine GZ) 37 points
6. ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team(Carlos Sainz / Laia Sanz) 36 points
7. ABT Cupra XE(Mattias Ekström / Claudia Hürtgen) 35 points
8. Veloce Racing(Stéphane Sarrazin / Jamie Chadwick) 31 points
9. Segi TV Chip Ganassi Racing(Kyle LeDuc / Sara Price) 30 points

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21-05-30 Andra raka segern i Extreme E
Johan Kristoffersson och Molly Taylor är fortfarande obesegrade i Extreme E. Rosberg X Racing tog sin andra raka seger när Ocean X Prix avgjordes i Senegal.
- Fantastiskt! Vi ökar ledningen i mästerskapet, säger en nöjd Kristoffersson.

Det tyska teamet Rosberg X Racing med svenske Johan Kristoffersson och Molly Taylor från Australien som förare tog hem den historiska första deltävlingen i Saudiarabien i början av april. När den nystartade elbilsserien rullade vidare med omgång två så hade sandöken bytts mot sandstrand i Afrika.
- En helt ny terräng för oss båda. Vår strategi var att inte ta stora risker och därmed riskera att bli stående utan poäng.

Kristoffersson och Taylor hade lite svårt att hitta tempot inledningsvis. I kvalet var man tredje snabbast, men flyttades upp till andra plats efter att ett annat team fått tidstillägg.
- Vi hade inte bästa pace från början, men byggde fart och blev snabbare och snabbare under helgen.

Johan Kristoffersson var så långt inte nöjd med starterna och han fick en tuff uppgift även i semifinalen när han än en gång hamnade på efterkälken över den långa inledande strandremsan. Men precis som i Saudiarabien gjorde Kristoffersson en fräck manöver från ytterspår och vek på insidan av Sébastien Loeb upp till andra plats.
- Tufft att behöva jobba bakifrån, men jag lyckades göra mitt där i alla fall.

Ut från förarbytet tog Molly Taylor täten och hon körde sedan tryggt och säkert hem segern.
- Molly körde hur stabilt och kontrollerat som helst, berömmer Johan sin teamkompis.

I finalen var det Taylor som inledde och australiensiskan visade sin klass genom de första svängarna när hon manövrerade ut Cristina Gutiérrez i team X44.
- Molly gjorde ett fantastiskt jobb som höll emot Cristina där. Hon har ju ingen tidigare erfarenhet av närkontakt på det här viset, men det var superbra gjort, säger Kristoffersson om rallyföraren från Australien.

Två av fältets bilar blev stående i ett tidigt skede och finalen rödflaggades därför när Taylor nådde byteszonen. Johan Kristoffersson fick göra en omstart mot Jamie Chadwick i Team Veloce och hade vissa problem över startrakan.
- Ratten var lite ur läge, men det löste sig och därifrån fungerade det fint.

Resten av resan blev en ganska lugn tur och RXR- segern var aldrig hotad. Efter en något krokig väg under helgen hade Kristoffersson/Taylor än en gång visat sig vara starkast.
- Stort tack till teamet. Vi var inte snabbast från början, men vi hittade farten till slut.

I sammandraget toppar RXR med 71 poäng, fjorton före team X44.

Extreme E drar nästa gång till betydligt kyligare breddgrader. I slutet av augusti väntar Grönland.
- Det blir säkert väldigt annorlunda och det är ju det som är spännande med det här konceptet.

21-05-29 X44 throws down the gauntlet topping the timesheets in qualifying
Following an epic curtain-raiser in AlUla, Saudi Arabia just eight weeks ago, expectations were high as the Extreme E fraternity rolled into Dakar, Senegal for this weekend’s highly anticipated Ocean X Prix (29/30 May). As was the case at the Desert X Prix at the beginning of April, it was Lewis Hamilton’s X44 squad that topped the timesheets at the end of Saturday’s qualifying runs with a resounding statement of intent to the rest of the paddock.

The pioneering electric SUV off-road racing series has hit the beach for the second stop on its 2021 calendar. The 6.1km Ocean X Prix course runs alongside the stunning backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean and sets the scene perfectly for another dramatic Extreme E showdown.

Featuring the notoriously bumpy and flowing ‘Moguls’ section, a single file wooded area and a spectacular start/finish straight running along the beach, this course has been heralded by the drivers as more technical and closer to their initial vision of Extreme E. Not only that, but the ‘Super Sector’ - new for this weekend – awards five points to the driver who sets the fastest time in the middle sector of the lap over the weekend.

The X44 team were quickest from the outset, with Sébastien Loeb and Cristina Gutiérrez setting a blistering pace in their opening run of the day. This was swiftly followed by another pacey outing in Q2 to top the overall timesheets, after the first day of competition in Senegal.

Sébastien Loeb, X44 driver said: “Today’s qualification was obviously very good for us, I’m happy with my time and of course Cristina’s driving was incredible. The track for me was a lot more interesting than Saudi Arabia and I had a lot of confidence in the car which allowed me to go flat out all the time. Tomorrow will be a totally different way of racing, and we’re up against strong teams, so it’s difficult to say what will happen but I know we have the speed to win so I’m feeling good.”

Cristina Gutiérrez, X44 driver said: “I’m very happy with today’s result and our performance as a team. We came into the weekend in a good position so I was confident we could do well but of course finishing top in qualifying is better than I could have hoped for! The type of track for me was much harder than the Desert X Prix, and the sand shifted a lot between the two rounds of qualifying so it was a challenge, but I managed to get a good time and Seb was amazing. We don’t know what will happen tomorrow but I’m feeling confident and I can’t wait to get back in the car.”

The only pairing that looked to threaten the X44 car’s seemingly insurmountable position was the Segi TV Chip Ganassi Racing drivers of Kyle LeDuc and Sara Price, the American duo were ultimately denied a chance at the top spot when LeDuc stopped on-track with technical gremlins. Mercifully, the 39-year-old managed to reset his ODYSSEY 21 and get underway once more, but to no avail. They ended qualifying in seventh position and will once again fail to make it to the final.

Desert X Prix winners Rosberg X Racing kept X44 honest but at the end of the day were 27 seconds adrift of the summit of the standings. They would have gone quicker still were it not for hard landing over one of the jumps, pitching Molly Taylor off-course in her Q2 run, the Australian gathered it up brilliantly and lost only a handful of seconds in the process.

The updated ABT CUPRA XE line-up of Mattias Ekström and Jutta Kleinschmidt were also in the mix throughout qualifying with the pairing looking set to challenge the front-runners before receiving a 15-second penalty. Despite being one of Extreme E’s official Championship Drivers, Kleinschmidt was still acclimatising to the series’ nuances, stepping into the switch zone before the ODYSSEY 21 was switched into neutral, denying the team any chance of troubling the X44 squad.

Kevin Hansen’s first competitive laps behind the wheel of the JBXE car confirmed why the World RX driver was drafted in, going fourth fastest overall alongside team-mate Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky.

After eight weeks of waiting, Veloce Racing finally got their first official lap times on the board. Jamie Chadwick was visibly thrilled at the end of her first run, grinning from ear to ear as she rounded the final corner. Alongside team-mate, Stéphane Sarrazin the duo set consistent lap times taking minimal risks with the aim to build their pace throughout the weekend – they did just that improving by 10 seconds from Q1 to Q2.

The XITE ENERGY RACING powered by myenergi squad, meanwhile, will be delighted with sixth overall after a noticeable improvement from the Desert X Prix for Oliver Bennett and Christine GZ, booking themselves the last Semi-Final slot for Sunday.

Each of the bottom three teams looked set to be fighting at the sharp end this weekend, but it was not to be, Segi TV Chip Ganassi Racing, Andretti United and ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team all suffered mechanical problems relegating them to the bottom of the table.

Timmy Hansen stopped on-track during his first qualifying run meaning it was going to be an uphill battle for himself and Catie Munnings to make it into the top six. The Swede managed to get his ODYSSEY 21 restarted but the subsequent three minutes lost were too great to overcome.

Carlos Sainz and Laia Sanz were another pairing that were setting purple sectors prior to their car ground to a halt in Q1. This time, the problems were not fixable and the resulting DNF resigned them to the Shoot Out.

Wheel-to-wheel action gets underway tomorrow (Sunday, 30 May) with Semi-Final 1, Semi-Final 2, the Shoot Out and the all-important Final which will see four cars on-track for the first time in Extreme E.

Timmy Hansen, Andretti United driver said: “It’s been a tough day and even more disappointing after we were fastest in free practice yesterday. I had four of five jumps with the same sort of landing and then on the next jump the car shut down after the landing and I couldn’t get it restarted. It’s always frustrating when that happens as everything was going pretty well until that point. Fortunately, after a couple of minutes, I managed to get everything restarted and at least I could get the car back to Catie but it’s certainly not been the day we wanted.”

Catie Munnings, Andretti United driver said: “The conditions out there are tough and very different from what we had in Saudi. You could see a huge difference even in Q2 after the number of ruts from the first quali session. You really need a lot of confidence with those bumps. We were really unfortunate with the mechanical issue and luck wasn’t on our side today. We worked with our engineer and team ahead of Q2 but unfortunately the time lost in Q1 meant we were dependent on problems for others to be in with a chance of the semi-finals. We’ve still got the shootout tomorrow so we’ll still be fighting for as many points as we can.”

Molly Taylor, Rosberg X Racing driver said: "Today has been a challenging day here in Senegal but one we have lots to learn from and many positives to take onboard. I felt we didn’t quite get the balance of the car right in both sessions, and it’s so difficult to tweak the car set-up for a course layout that keeps changing with new ruts and driving lines appearing all of the time! But overall our pace is good and we’re pleased to be through to the semi-finals. We have a lot of data to go through tonight but we’ll be prepared to go racing tomorrow.”

Johan Kristoffersson, Rosberg X Racing driver, added: “It’s been an interesting start to the weekend for Molly and I in the car, but the team has done a great job to help us progress to the semi-finals tomorrow. The course is really technical and is changing with with every lap we complete, which means we have to expect the unexpected every time we’re out on the course. But it’s a lot of fun and we have good pace ahead of tomorrow, so bring on the semi-finals!”

Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky, JBXE driver said: “Today was really good. We are improving session by session - us as drivers as well as the car. We feel really great, and we are so happy to be in P4 overall. I feel like we are gaining each time in the car and it’s really working with me and Kevin, we obviously know each other really well already which makes a big difference. So yeah, I’m really excited for tomorrow, I can’t wait!”

Kevin Hansen, JBXE driver said: “Qualifying day is over, and I think we can be really pleased - we made good progress from yesterday and also for qualifying 2, good progress. It’s a huge step forward from the last race to have achieved P4 today and I believe we are up there with a real chance of challenging RXR and also APT tomorrow. The team has done a really good job and the guys are continuing to analyse the data from today, so we are definitely on the right course for progress. There’s still a long way to go to be at P1 but I mean, it’s my first race and everything is still really new. I’ve only ever done three laps with the car on this course so really, it’s all good. Mikaela has done a great job too and we’ve still got the most important day to come tomorrow!”

Carlos Sainz, ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team, driver: “Things didn’t go well for us today. Given the current rules of the championship, any issue you encounter in Qualifying compromises your whole weekend and you miss any chance of making the semi-finals and the final. It is something that we should look at it in the future, because it is a shame that we go around the world only to drive four minutes if you have bad luck in one Qualifying session. I think there will be time to look at it, but for now we will keep our heads down and have full focus on tomorrow’s race, where we will try to keep on learning for the future.”

Laia Sanz, ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team driver: “It is a shame, because both Carlos and myself were feeling very well at this track. He did a great job and I was feeling very confident. It is a shame that we had an issue that prevented us from finishing Qualifying 1. I took it easy in Qualifying 2, because there was nothing we could do and the surface of the track was already in a bad state. It is a shame, because I think it could have been a good weekend.”

Albert Fàbrega, ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team, Team Principal: “Today was not a good day for the team. We lost water pressure in Qualifying 1 after a leak in the radiator and the car stopped on track. It is a real shame, because Carlos and Laia were driving really fast. We would have definitely made it to the semi-finals and we were fighting for a podium finish, but this championship is like this and any problems you encounter on Saturday compromise your whole weekend. We can only move on and focus on Sunday’s race to wrap-up the weekend on a good note and test new things that will come in handy in the next few events.”

Mattias Ekström, ABT CUPRA XE driver, said: “Well, I mean it was a bit different to wake up and find out that Jutta was my new teammate, but I think she did really well and did her two laps with no problems. And also, for myself, I pushed as much as I could in Q1 and then on the second one, I was a bit more careful after other cars had had some problems. Maybe I was a bit too careful, so we definitely need to find a bit more pace for tomorrow. But in general, I think we are really happy to be third overall. So tomorrow, it will be a semi-final against my friends Johan and Sebastian - that will make for a pretty exciting Sunday!”

Jutta Kleinschmidt, ABT CUPRA XE driver, said: “I have only had one slow lap around this track here in the sand dunes, so I really didn’t know what to expect but I had very little time to think about it! I talked it through with my fellow test and development driver, Timo Scheider, and tried to visualise the track and make a plan, but actually I had to just get in it and hope to be quick. I was very nervous. I didn’t want to let anyone down but it was so hard to know. I am pleased that I was on the pace.”

Sara Price, Segi TV Chip Ganassi Racing driver, said: “Well, not the day we planned. It looks like we had a tree limb that pulled out one of the electrical safety switches above the door and it turned the car off on Kyle. He did a bunch of trouble shooting to figure it out, and finally got it going to bring the car around to the switch. I had a great lap but unfortunately what happened was out of our control. We just didn't have the time with that issue to make it to one of the semifinal races. Tough way to end the day. Our SEGI TV HUMMER EV was really good and our laps were fast, but just bad luck. We've got a tough team and we’ll be back strong tomorrow to try and maximize our points here in Senegal.”

Kyle LeDuc, Segi TV Chip Ganassi Racing driver, said: “The SEGI TV HUMMER EV team had a great first round of qualifying; the session went super good for the team. Then the second session was expected to match that if not best it. We had a good car with great handling down to the section back in the trees. Unfortunately things went bad for us there with a limb catching the kill switch on the car. That was going to be a good run for us as a team. I was able to diagnose three or four things that could have been wrong and we finally found the problem and got the car fired up to bring it around for Sara to finish the session. She did a great job with her lap, but unfortunately the time lost to the issue put us too far back to make the semis. We’ll go out tomorrow for the shootout and look to maximize our points for the weekend with a good run.”

Tomorrow’s action gets underway at 12h00 CET, with the Shoot Out and Semi-Finals, before the Final at 16h00 CET decides who stands atop the podium at the first-ever Ocean X Prix.

Combined Qualifying Results
X44 (Sébastien Loeb / Cristina Gutiérrez) 21m44.856s
Rosberg X Racing(Johan Kristoffersson / Molly Taylor) +27.582s
ABT Cupra XE(Mattias Ekström / Jutta Kleinschmidt) +35.957s laps
JBXE(Jenson Button / Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky) +40.570s
Veloce Racing(Stéphane Sarrazin / Jamie Chadwick) +1m20.514s
XITE ENERGY RACING powered by myenergi(Oliver Bennett / Christine Giampaoli Zonca) +1m51.605s
Segi TV Chip Ganassi Racing(Kyle LeDuc / Sara Price) +3m56.959s
Andretti United (Timmy Hansen / Catie Munnings) +14m12.212s
ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team(Carlos Sainz / Laia Sanz) +1 lap

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21-05-28 Extreme E hits the beach with shakedown in Senegal
Preparations for this weekend’s Ocean X Prix (29-30 May) got underway in Senegal as nine teams and 18 drivers took to the track for the very first time. An initial exploratory lap in this morning’s shakedown session was swiftly followed by a practice session in the afternoon, whetting the appetite of those in the paddock and building anticipation for more action as qualifying kicks off tomorrow.

Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Extreme E, said: “The Ocean X Prix has an incredible course – I think this is going to be beyond our expectations. The first event in Saudi Arabia was obviously a huge success but every location is completely different, so we had no idea what to expect here in Senegal. After seeing free practice, everything looks absolutely amazing and there isn’t as much dust, so we're going to see some closer racing. I’m really looking forward to the first Ocean X Prix and I think I think we're in for an incredible second race of Extreme E.”

Following today’s sessions, ABT CUPRA XE regrettably announced that Claudia Hürtgen has been taken ill and is unable to participate further in the Ocean X Prix. Extreme E’s Championship Driver Jutta Kleinschmidt will take her place for the remainder of the event.

Kevin Hansen, JBXE driver, said: “It was really exciting to get the call from the team last week, I'm really honoured. For me it’s a great opportunity, so I’m really happy to come here and see what I can do for the team and for sure, if the job came up for the whole season, I would jump at it. I’m here with some of the best drivers in the world and of course I want to beat them. There’s a lot of opportunity here with the team, I think we have a lot of potential and also Mikaela is really fast, which is also great!

“Looking at the videos from Saudi, I think it will be a lot easier here in some ways, there’s obviously less dust but it’s a much more technical course. Luckily for me I already had a few laps in the ODYSSEY 21 when I joined the pre-season testing in Aragon with Andretti last year, but obviously I’ve had no laps with the car in the sand except for today. I think this course in Senegal is a bit similar to racing I have done in Andalucía which is a good thing for me.

“As far as racing against my brother Timmy, no there’s no family divide, so sorry if that’s disappointing to everyone! We are handling it really well, for sure it’s a bit strange when we see each other in the paddock – we are used to racing with each other not against each other. He’s doing his thing and I’m doing mine, so it will be interesting. And it’s actually a comfort to have him on the grid, as it’s one driver I truly know the level of and one I know how to be faster than!”

Christine GZ, XITE ENERGY RACING powered by myenergi driver, said: “This course here in Lac Rose is completely different to Saudi – I was expecting dunes like we had there and it to be a bit slower than the desert, but not so. I’d say the main problem we have here is trying to adapt to the car and it’s all new as we don’t really have testing at all, but that’s the same issue for all the teams. The main thing for me is that I do a good job and bring the car back safely to the team.

“It’s been really cool being involved in the legacy projects – I usually always say that racing and ‘saving the world’ don’t really fit together so this championship has been incredible already for that reason. Yesterday, meeting the local people here and going to the school and seeing first-hand how much they can do with so little – it’s incredible. It’s been very cool to do something away from the racing that also will help make a real difference to people’s lives – we don’t often get the chance to do that at all, so I’m really happy about that.”

Carlos Sainz, ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team driver, said: “The last time I was here was 2007 so it’s nice to be here again. It’s a typical sandy area and the shakedown was pretty exciting for me as after two kilometres the throttle got stuck on full, so I had to brake really hard throughout – luckily it was a mechanical problem and easy to fix afterwards – but not so nice to drive!

“It’s much more technical here than Saudi, more bumpy and the sand is a lot softer which makes a difference as well. There are a few different lines here as well compared to Saudi, it’s not so easy to always understand which line is the quickest but we will work it out.

“Thankfully the problem with the steering we had in Saudi is solved now. We only have three combinations of springs and one damper so we have to work the best we can with those and it’s the same for everyone. The important things start tomorrow!”

Cristina Gutiérrez, X44 driver, said: “It’s totally different here to Saudi Arabia so we’ll need to see tomorrow in the qualifying how quick we can be. The shakedown today was really good for me and I’m getting a good feeling for the car.

“I don’t know how it’s going to be with four cars racing together this time, but for sure I think it will be very exciting. I think the terrain here will be better for us in some ways – of course a lot less dust which will be a good thing.

“It’s just an incredible experience to be here with the teams and the drivers. We have still a lot of racing to do this year so it’s a little bit soon to make any predictions about who will come out on top but we are really enjoying being part of it.”

Catie Munnings, Andretti United driver, said: “This course is challenging. It’s more technical than what we saw in Saudi Arabia, I think for most of us it’s more like what we imagined Extreme E was going to be – different line choices, bumpier and rougher terrain. It is definitely going to be more of a challenge for us as drivers but also that brings more excitement and we all thrive off of that. I think we just have to keep in mind that it’s a long weekend, we need to know where to push and where to back off slightly.

“I really enjoy getting out and seeing more of the countries we’re competing in. Normally when you go to a different country to compete you just see the track and the hotel, so it’s been great to experience that side of things.

“It’s really humbling to see a completely different environment and seeing the impact we’re having with plastic pollution, then as a positive its really cool to speak to local children and see how they’re mindsets are changing from previous generations and how inspired they are. To physically see the mangroves being planted was really special, I think it was an amazing start to the week and that’s what we’re here for at the end of the day – to make a difference.”

Mattias Ekström, ABT CUPRA XE driver, said: “Shakedown today was so exciting, I had a lot of fun. The first lap of a new course is always more exciting than any other, I think I enjoy it more than any other lap.

“For me, the goal for any race is to win. If you don’t go racing to win then that’s what they call retirement. In this series, there is so many fast drivers and good teams so sometimes you have to accept when you get beaten but the target is definitely to win.

“As everyone knows we had a tough time at the first race but the difference between having a good weekend and a bad one is very small. Everyone is driving close to the limit and anyone can crash when they are pushing. Luckily, Claudia [Hürtgen] was in one piece and our car is back in one piece so we’re looking forward again.

“I think we had our quota of crashes in Saudi so hopefully we won’t have any more of those this weekend. I did have a hard landing over one of the jumps today but if you’re not pushing, you’ll never get any trophies, you have to be on it and try and improve all the time to make sure you get the most out of yourself.”

Johan Kristoffersson, Rosberg X Racing driver, said: “Shakedown was good for us, the course is very different to the one in Saudi, but all went OK – we had no issues. Everything resets when you get into a new weekend, so we have to start from zero again and try to do our best here in Senegal.

“I think we’re going to see much closer racing this weekend. There’s much less dust here so it’s easier to follow the car in front so there will definitely be more possibilities for going wheel-to-wheel, I’m looking forward to that and hopefully we will get into the final and be able to race against three other cars which will be exciting. This course opens up a lot more options for overtaking so there may not be as many ‘obvious’ moves like I did in Saudi.”

Sara Price, Segi TV Chip Ganassi Racing driver, said: “The team worked really hard after Saudi – we have a great car and great mechanics. I’m really excited for this weekend, it’s going to be a bit of a redemption weekend for us. We want to go out there and be smart, drive smoothly but also be fast. Obviously Saudi wasn’t the best for us so we’re going to do what we know we can do and hopefully have a solid weekend.

“We have an incredibly strong team; I think there was one night where Kyle [LeDuc] and I only got three hours of sleep and we never gave up. This weekend we’re coming in with a new mindset and trying to make it to the end. I think we’re in a really good position, we’ve done some team building which not a lot of teams have been able to do so lots of positives coming to Senegal.

“I love the course here, there’s definitely more opportunities to race other cars and it’s a lot more technical compared to Saudi. That’s really exciting for me and its more similar to what I’m used to, plus it doesn’t get better than racing on the beach. We’ve been talking about how much the course is going to adapt, I think it’ll get quicker as the weekend progresses so I’m looking forward to that.”

Jamie Chadwick, Veloce Racing driver, said: “I feel positive, I think the main focus for us is now just getting laps under our belts and track time. Obviously, we need to make amends for Saudi but also not biting off more than we can chew and taking each step as it comes. I don’t think we can underestimate how much we need to prepare for a weekend like this. We’ve done the best we can but there’s so much we can’t anticipate so we just have to soak it all in while we can and enjoy it.

“Our season starts here really as we have so few points on the board but from our perspective, with the nature of the series you can’t underestimate how important track time is. I think it’s definitely risk versus reward, so we’ll be pushing but I think we also need to be mindful that we need all of the laps we can get. This is of course very different to W Series, but I love the challenge and I want to be as versatile a driver as possible and I’m grateful to Extreme E and Veloce Racing for the opportunity to learn in this discipline.

“I’m really looking forward to the rest of the weekend. I was very conservative in shakedown and practice but I think it’s nice to start there and build on that. I enjoyed the track time earlier, there’s a lot of room for improvement but I love the challenge of this series and we’ll definitely be faster tomorrow. The pressure is off us a little bit, we’ve made our mistake and now we can learn and grow together to get a good result – the only way is up.”

Stéphane Sarrazin, Veloce Racing driver, said: “Unfortunately my mistake in Saudi was a costly one, we didn’t race or learn from the car at the first race so that was a real shame. The team have done a fantastic job though, they changed the chassis on Monday and the car was fine today which is amazing. The car was working fine today with no issues, so we need to be on the pace quickly to catch up with everyone else. We’re ready for tomorrow and hope to have good qualifying sessions.

“I can’t afford any more mistakes, it was a small error in Saudi but it had a big effect so I need to stay on the course and build up my confidence again. Today was good in that respect, tomorrow should be even better. We’re taking it step by step.”

Competitive running begins tomorrow (Saturday, 29 May), with Qualifying 1 and Qualifying 2 being aired at 13h30 and 18h00 (CET) respectively. The Semi-Finals and Final will then take place on Sunday (30 May) as the Ocean X Prix concludes with the crowning of its first-ever winner.

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21-05-27 Extreme E reveals Ocean X Prix course
This weekend (29-30 May) Extreme E, the electric off-road racing series will host its second X Prix – the Ocean X Prix – in Lac Rose, Dakar, Senegal. Championship drivers and course advisors Timo Schieder and Jutta Kleinschmidt have been at the West African coastline developing the course ahead of the driving action commencing on Friday (28 May) with Free Practice sessions.

Teams will once again face a mostly sandy terrain, though a very different challenge and location to the deserts of Saudi Arabia. Here, the race will take to the existing tracks surrounding the lake, named after, and renowned for its striking pink colour, caused by algae that thrives within its highly-saline waters.

The Ocean X Prix starts on the beach, running alongside the Atlantic Ocean which hugs the West African coastline. Drivers will be tempted to look left at the stunning waves breaking on the beach alongside them, but this fast section will demand their attention before they turn inland and onto a more technical part of the course, in amongst the backyard of the dunes.

Obstacles will include a myriad of short, sharp elevation and directional changes as the drivers navigate their way through the tight and twisty inland sector, a world apart from the long, sweeping, full throttle sections of the AlUla desert. There will be less elevation changes than those experienced in Saudi Arabia, more like four to five metres across a series of dunes, but with more short drops and sharp rises.

In the middle sector, the route crosses close to the main paddock area and heads to the other side of the course where the sand becomes softer and will include more small dips and drops before drivers then enter back out onto the stunning beach, running alongside the picturesque turquoise sea, which will present some spectacular images of the Ocean X Prix.

Timo Scheider, Extreme E Championship Driver said: “After Saudi Arabia, which was a pretty quick course, the aim was to have a more technical layout with more overtaking possibilities and average to low speed areas, and this is what we have achieved.”

“We have some tricky areas, so for sure you have to manage your speed and we still have areas where you have to pay attention to, because if you're too quick on some stages, you can damage your car, spin or even roll.”

Jutta Kleinschmidt, fellow Extreme E Championship Driver said: “So we love it, it's very technical and completely different to what we faced in Saudi Arabia. It's also slower but gives more options for overtaking as there are many racing lines, which will make the Final very interesting. I expect to see closer racing and more overtakes.

All-new for the Ocean X Prix is the Super Sector – the middle section of the course. This new element of the sporting format gives drivers the opportunity to earn five points for their team by being the fastest driver in that sector over the weekend. In a slight change to Saudi Arabia, the Final will also feature four-cars.

This beach and the community of Lac Rose faces a sad plastic pollution issue, which will be clear and unavoidable to see as teams race, though will really give the opportunity to demonstrate the impact we as humans have on our planet.

The Ocean X Prix is available to watch via a number of global broadcasters including Fox Sports in the USA, ITV, Sky Sports, BBC and BT Sport in the UK, Teledeporte in Spain, Proseiben MAXX in Germany, Mediaset in Italy as well as Eurosport across most European Markets and SuperSport in Africa. A full list of broadcasters outlining what will be aired and when it’s available can be found here: https://www.extreme-e.com/en/broadcast-information#country=SE

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21-05-27 Extreme E making big waves in Senegal with Legacy Programmes
Extreme E, the electric off-road racing series, will soon be at Lac Rose, Dakar, Senegal, for its Ocean X Prix taking place from 29-30 May. In preparation for the event on the West African coastline, Extreme E has been working with local communities for the past 18 months to implement its Legacy Programmes, which aim to leave a long-lasting positive impact in the country.

Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Extreme E, said: “Legacy Programmes are such a big part of Extreme E, and through these projects we are able to help the local community, meaning our racing series has impact on both a local, but also a global level through the awareness we are raising on the climate crisis via our digital outlets and broadcast partners.

“It's great to see how these projects have developed first hand from our initial visits all those months ago and show our drivers too, furthering their knowledge on the environmental plight our planet is facing.”

Senegal was chosen as a location to highlight the issues and solutions around ocean health which include sea level rise, plastic pollution and rising ocean temperatures. Extreme E has worked with local social business GroupeSenghor and its Legacy Partner to.org to support the EcoZone Project based in Lac Rose – once a tourist hotspot but now facing vulnerability.

The aim of the project is to raise awareness of climate issues and location mitigation strategies by engaging local people in the creation of a healthy environment. The ultimate goal is to build a sustainable community through the provision of guidance, information and resources, empowering self-sufficiency and economic autonomy.

There have been various phases to this project located at the heart of Niaga, which started back in June 2020, including launching the EcoBrique Challenge which tasks the community to create bricks for construction from plastic waste. All the schools and their 3,000 children in the area joined the campaign creating more than 6,000 bricks so far. Not only were they created at school, but also at home spreading the message further to their families, and they have been used to create a primary school toilet and EcoBrique benches.

The EcoBriques initiative also helps solve a big issue in Senegal – plastic pollution. By creating these bricks from waste the aim is to raise awareness and lead to action. The EcoBrique solution prevents littering, stores dry non-organic waste and reduces risk to marine life (80% of plastics found in the oceans come from land-based source), all while creating an alternative construction material that can benefit the community instead of harming the environment.

In addition, there have been major renovation works at two schools and the Youth Centre including painting, upgrading floors and roofs, plus the creation of gardens which link the children to the local farmers, as well as planting of more than 600 trees. The local health centre, which was built by Paris Dakar Rally Founder Thierry Sabine and is used by the entire community, has also benefitted from a lick of paint plus a reworked solar energy system and new energy efficient light bulbs.

The local market has been painted and had solar lights fitted making it easier for those that start work early when it’s dark as previously there was no lighting at all. A water pump has also been installed reducing the labour intensive nature of carrying water long distances and increasing cleanliness.

These changes not only improve the communities aesthetics, but through the gardens in particular allow for circular economy as what is grown can eventually be used to feed the communities or sold to local hotels. All these works have been completed by the community encouraging cohesion.

Stephan Senghor, Founder of GroupeSenghor, said: “Our EcoZone project really focusses on how we can bring a circular economy by offering solutions to reduce vulnerability and support communities in need. We focus on the three Ps – People, Planet and Partnership – to raise awareness of the climate crisis, inform to inspire action, ensure an ongoing community bond and strenghen the social fabric. I’m really proud of what we have achieved so far and excited to continue this journey with the support of Extreme E.”

The second initiative was to plant one million mangroves in association with to.org and local NGO Oceanium. So far, over 500 people including planters and seed collectors, have planted half a million propagules – a mangrove bud – covering 60 hectares over a period of three weeks. More than 85 per cent of those propagules are developing into healthy mangroves. The remaining half a million mangroves will be planted in during the 2021 rainy season. To find out more and get involved click here.

Nachson Mimran, CEO and co-founder of to.org said: “We are humbled to have the support of the Extreme E Legacy Programme in our mangrove reforestation and protection programme, along with local implementation partner Oceanium. The mission of the to.org Foundation is to address Earth’s most pressing social and environmental challenges; the reforestation and protection of mangrove is vital in this endeavour. Mangroves are not only the most effective tree on earth for sequestering carbon, they also protect against coastal erosion and regulate soil salinity so coastal communities can farm fertile soil. And they sustain a vast array of aquatic and terrestrial wildlife, including fish nurseries, ensuring that local communities have access to the protein their diets depend on. By reforesting and protecting mangroves, we can combat climate change related food insecurity and economic instability, addressing two of the leading drivers of forced migration in this region.’’

Charlotte Thomas, Project Manager at Oceanium, added: “Reforestation is everyone’s business.”

Each of Extreme E’s race locations has a different Legacy Programme, all with the ambition to support the local community and raise awareness of climate change. In its first location – Saudi Arabia – Extreme E is supporting turtle conservation along The Red Sea coastline in association with The Ba’a Foundation, in Greenland the championship is working with UNICEF to empower young climate changemakers through an education programme and in Brazil the series is working with The Nature Conservancy to reforest areas of the Amazon, with the final initiative in Patagonia to be confirmed.

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21-05-25 Extreme E står värd för Ocean X Prix i Senegal
Nu varvar den nya racingserien Extreme E upp. Efter den dramatiska premiären i Al-Ula, Saudiarabien startar Extreme E nu nära den senegalesiska huvudstaden, Dakar, den 29-30 maj. Loppen körs med de helt elektriska ODYSSEY 21 tävlingsbilarna på Lac Roses bankar – även känd som Lake Retba. Sjön har lika hög salthalt som Döda havet och vattnets speciella färg beror på bakterier som utsöndrar röd järnoxid.

Racen kommer att sändas över hela Europa av olika TV-stationer och streamingpartners. Nytt för denna omgång är Extreme E kommer att visas i Sportkanalen och på C Mores digitala plattform. Kvaltävlingen inleds lördagen den 29 maj kl. 13:30 med följande semifinal söndag kl. 12:00 (samtliga tider i CET). Ocean X Prix avgörs sedan med ett final-race på söndagen från kl. 16:00.
- Efter de fantastiska scenerna från öppningstävlingen så är jag övertygad om att ännu fler motorsportfans kommer att följa tävlingen den här gången. Ryktet har börjat spridas om att Extreme E bjuder på fantastisk motorsport i fantastiskt vackra miljöer. De smala offroad-sandvägarna mellan Lac Rose och Atlantkusten är dessutom en spännande utmaning för förarna, teamen och de moderna ODYSSEY 21 E-SUV:arna, säger Sandra Roslan, projektansvarig på Continental.

I tävlingen mellan förarna är racingteamet Rosberg X totalledare, där rallycrossvärldsmästaren Johan Kristoffersson och den tidigare australiska rallymästaren Molly Taylor står för styrningarna. Rallyvärldsmästarna Sébastien Loeb och Cristina Gutiérrez, från Lewis Hamiltons Team X44 var etappvinnare i Dakar i år och ligger bara fem poäng efter. Två respektive fyra poäng bakom Team X44 ligger rallycrossvärldsmästaren Timmy Hansen och den brittiska rallyföraren Catie Munnings från Team Andretti United, liksom rallyvärldsmästaren Carlos Sainz och den tidigare Dakar-rallyvinnaren i damklassen, Laia Sanz, från ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team.

Alla team kör E-SUV:ar med namnet ODYSSEY 21. Med en längd på 440 cm, en bredd på 230 cm och en höjd på 186 cm har SUV:arna i stort sett samma mått som kommersiellt tillgängliga SUV:ar - likaså hjulbasen på 300 cm. SUV:arna är tillverkade av racingtillverkaren Spark Racing Technology och har en elektrisk motsvarighet på 550 hk - med en vikt på endast 1 780 kg. Detta jämfört med en genomsnittlig Dakar-rallybil som har en motoreffekt på cirka 300 hk och en vikt på över två ton. Accelerationsvärdena är lika imponerade. Drivs av två elmotorer och accelererar från 0-100 km/h på bara 4,5 sekunder. E-SUV:arna tar sig också enkelt uppför lutningar på upp till 55 grader där teamen sätter sin tilltro till det 37 tum stora däcket CrossContact Extreme E. Däcket har utvecklats av Continental speciellt för att få ner all kraft i banan på ett säkert sätt, trots alla utmaningar som de mest extrema klimatzonerna bjuder på.
- Extreme E-racingserien är inte bara tänkt att visa upp spännande motorsport utan vill också rikta uppmärksamheten på de negativa konsekvenserna av den globala uppvärmningen. Detta genom valet av hotade biotoper. Lac Rose är en extraordinärt vacker plats som i allt högre grad riskerar att drabbas av klimatförändringar på grund av sitt kustnära läge. Lac Rose, som finns på UNESCO:s världsarvslista, ligger mindre än en kilometer från Atlantkusten. Allt som skiljer sjön från havet är några sanddyner. Landremsorna blir allt smalare och tre till fyra meter landmassa går förlorad varje år till följd av de stigande havsnivåerna. En av de främsta anledningarna till detta är att Grönlands istäcke smälter. Inför Extreme-E-loppen i Senegal har organisatörerna bakom racingserien etablerat ett miljöskyddsprojekt tillsammans med de lokala myndigheterna för att städa upp kuststräckan. Syftet är att använda det plastavfall som samlas in för att tillverka eco-stenar som sedan ska användas för att bygga badrum till över 300 skolbarn, avslutar Sandra Roslan, projektledare på Continental.

Alla andra tävlingsdatum 2021 i korthet
Dakar, Senegal 29–30 maj
Kangerlussuaq, Grönland 28–29 augusti
Santarem, Brasilien 23–24 oktober
Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego 11-12 december
21-05-24 Extreme E set for Ocean X Prix
Table toppers Rosberg X Racing hope to keep strong form
New: Ocean X Prix Final will feature a four-car battle
New: ‘Super Sector’ launched for Dakar race with Team Championship points up for grabs
Ocean X Prix will be available to watch via Extreme E’s website and a host of global broadcasters listed here
Jennie Gow and Andrew Coley in the commentary box, with Layla-Anna Lee joining on site
GridPlay to open at 0900 GMT on Wednesday 26 May

The stage is almost set for the second stop on Extreme E’s calendar– the Ocean X Prix – which takes place this weekend (29-30 May) in Lac Rose, Dakar on the West African Senegalese coast.

Rosberg X Racing (RXR) took victory in the inaugural X Prix last month in the Saudi Arabian deserts, but with the top three teams within seven points of each other, the Ocean X Prix promises to provide thrilling racing action in a region brimming with motorsport heritage.

Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO or Extreme E said: “I am delighted to be back in Dakar, a place with a vast motorsport heritage, and I can’t wait to see our world-class line-up of drivers compete on this latest course we have devised. The Desert X Prix delivered some truly thrilling racing with a stunning backdrop and I’m sure Senegal will provide the same.

“But in Lac Rose we find an area suffering at the hands of the climate crisis, which is the true reason we are here. It doesn’t take long upon arrival to see one of the biggest issues, plastic pollution, which is affecting the local community and its marine life. Through our Legacy Programmes, we are supporting the local community to make change, and I can’t wait to see it for myself and help where I can.”

Nico Rosberg, RXR Founder said: “The team did an incredible job in Saudi Arabia to get the win and we’re very proud to be the first X Prix winners in Extreme E history, but we know we need to stay focused if we are to remain at the front. The series is already so competitive, but this team loves a challenge, and we can’t wait to go racing again in Senegal.”

Off-road racing returns to its roots
Situated 37km from the capital, Dakar, the shores of Lac Rose hosted the finish of the world’s most famous cross-country rally – the Paris-Dakar - on numerous occasions between 1979 and 2007, and will play host to the Extreme E Ocean X Prix this weekend.

Out on the course, drivers will once again face a mostly sandy terrain, though a very different challenge and location to the deserts of Saudi Arabia. Here the race will take to the existing tracks surrounding the lake, named after, and renowned for its striking pink colour, caused by algae that thrives within its highly-saline waters. The full course will be revealed in the coming days.

Once again, nine teams and 18 drivers will compete, but in a slight change to the Saudi Arabia race format, the Final will be a four-car battle, with two teams from each of the two Semi-Finals progressing to the concluding race of the weekend.

Saturday 29 May
Like the Desert X Prix, Qualifying consists of two rounds of time trials. The team starting order is decided by a draw for Qualifying 1 and Qualifying 2. All races feature two laps with the incorporated driver ‘Switch’ feature.

Sunday 30 May
Three races will take place as follows:
The teams will be listed 1st to 9th place based on the total combined time of each team’s two Qualifying runs.
The top three teams go into the Semi-Final 1, where the top two finishers claim spots in the Ocean X Prix Final.
The middle three teams (4th, 5th, 6th) go through to Semi-Final 2, where again the top two progress to the Ocean X Prix Final.
The bottom three teams (7th, 8th and 9th) head to the Shoot Out.
The Ocean X Prix Final features four cars – the top two finishers from each Semi-Final.

Teams can also benefit from a HyperDrive boost available to each driver on each lap of the race. Activated when the driver presses a button on the steering wheel, they will enjoy an extra push of continuous power for a few seconds.

New for the Ocean X Prix is the ‘Super Sector’ – a part of the course where the fastest driver in that section over the weekend will earn five points for their team. This ensures that whatever position the teams find themselves in there is always an incentive to push to the limit as points are up for grabs.

The world-class team and driver line-up below, will all be behind the wheel of the ODYSSEY 21 – a 550 bhp all-electric SUV charged using zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell technology.

ABT CUPRA XE - #125 – Mattias Ekström / Claudia Hürtgen
ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team - #55 – Carlos Sainz / Laia Sanz
Andretti United - #23 – Timmy Hansen / Catie Munnings
Segi TV Chip Ganassi Racing - #99 – Kyle LeDuc / Sara Price
XITE ENERGY RACING powered by myenergi - #42 – Oliver Bennett / Christine GZ
JBXE - #22 – Kevin Hansen / Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky
Rosberg X Racing - #6 – Johan Kristoffersson / Molly Taylor
Veloce Racing - #5 – Stéphane Sarrazin / Jamie Chadwick
X44 - #44 – Sébastien Loeb / Cristina Gutiérrez

For each race, teams can select which driver goes first, and decisions are kept secret until the last minute.

GridPlay
The GridPlay vote will open at 0900 GMT on Wednesday 26 May and close 30 minutes into Semi-Final 2 on Sunday 30 May giving fans the chance to vote for their favourite team and influence the starting line-up for the Final.

Teams that don’t make the Final can gift votes to their preferred competitors, and in Saudi Arabia this meant Andretti United were able to select its starting spot in the closing race, so every vote really does count.

The Commentary Line-up
The championship’s lead commentators Jennie Gow and Andrew Coley will be talking through all the action remotely via a London studio and will be joined by special guest drivers and analysts from the star-studded Extreme E paddock. Layla-Anne Lee will continue to be the voice of the paddock getting behind the scenes interviews and first reactions from the drivers.

Why Senegal?
The world's oceans are in crisis. Half of coral reefs and a third of mangroves and seagrasses have already been lost, leaving coastal communities vulnerable to erosion, storm damage and food shortages. Crucial fish stocks are on the point of collapse, threatening not only food security for the human population that depends on them but the entire food chain. Plastics, oil spills and agrochemicals are destroying ocean environments and contaminating food chains. Climate change is causing the heating of our oceans, making them more acidic and bleaching coral reefs, melting the ice at the poles and endangering the life which they support.

Above all, global warming causes oceans to heat up, and in turn expand, which puts some islands and coastlines at risk of disappearing altogether. Sea level has been rising by around 30 millimetres every 10 years.

Extreme E chose Lac Rose in Senegal to highlight these issues.
Lac Rose itself is a vibrant pink due to the Dunaliella Salina bacteria, which is attracted by the lake’s salt content. The bacteria produce a red pigment in order to absorb the sunlight, thus giving the lake its unique colour. However, the water levels have fallen dramatically in the last forty years due to over-exploitation of salt mining and water pumping.

In addition, plastic pollution is another major issue affecting Senegal, with the mountain of single-use plastic washing up on the shores growing day-by-day and threatening marine species and human health. An estimated 32 per cent of all plastic packaging used globally does not get recycled or disposed of properly and a staggering 80 per cent of plastic found in the ocean comes from this unmanaged waste on land. If left unchecked, four billion tonnes of plastic pollution will enter our land and oceans by 2050 under a business-as-usual scenario.

Up and coming conservationist Sheena Talma will join the series in Senegal to host talks on these issues and support the Legacy Programmes.

Leaving a long-lasting positive Legacy
As with each of its locations Extreme E is launching Legacy Programmes to support the fight against the climate crisis and the local communities suffering due to the many issues it brings.

In Senegal, Extreme E is supporting two projects. For the first, the championship has teamed up with local NGO, Oceanium, which Extreme E identified in partnership with to.org, to plant one million mangrove trees in Senegal across 60 hectares with the aim of reforesting mangroves, providing education to local populations and improving social cohesion.

For the second, the series is supporting the EcoZone Project, a living lab that addresses the Lac Rose community’s primary needs while preserving the environment through experiential learning, regenerative agriculture and a circular economy. As part of this, the EcoBrique Challenge was launched which tasked the community to create bricks for construction from plastic waste.

Extreme E will visit these projects in the lead up to the Ocean X Prix continuing to support the important work carried out by the local community.

When and Where to Watch
Shakedown and qualifications will be aired through Extreme E’s official website – www.extreme-e.com and social channels (@extremeelive on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Twitch).

The Finals will be shown in more than 180 countries by 75 broadcasters including Fox Sports in the USA, ITV, Sky Sports, BBC and BT Sport in the UK, Teledeporte in Spain, Proseiben MAXX in Germany, Mediaset in Italy as well as Eurosport across most European Markets and SuperSport in Africa.

A full list of broadcasters outlining what will be aired and when it’s available can be found here.
All times CET
Friday 28 May
1900 – 1930 CET Shakedown

Saturday 29 May
1330 – 1530 CET Qualifying Round 1
1800 – 2000 CET Qualifying Round 2

Sunday 30 May
1200 – 1330 CET Semi Final broadcast
1600 – 1800 CET Final broadcast

Count Us In
Extreme E has joined forces with Count Us In to launch the Extreme E Count Us In Challenge - which uses the power of sport, and the excitement of motor racing, to inspire fans to take practical steps to reduce their carbon footprint and, in doing so, urge governments, cities and businesses to accelerate progress on climate action.

Steps range in impact from pledging to walk and cycle more, eating more plant-based food, to Extreme E’s ultimate goal of switching to an electric vehicle. One of those steps is use less plastic, which would have a huge impact in Senegal as the country fights plastic pollution and the issues that it brings.

All steps taken will be added up and the winning team will claim the overall Extreme E Sustainability Award at the end of the Season.

To learn more about Extreme E, visit - www.Extreme-E.com
21-05-20 Nothing to lose for Extreme E's final three
The top three teams and the middle trio of teams had a relatively straightforward Desert X Prix when compared to the three teams at the bottom of the table. ABT CUPRA XE (seventh) scored 13 points, Segi TV Chip Ganassi Racing (eighth) accumulated 11 points while Veloce Racing (ninth) round out the table with four points after the opening event of the season. Each of these squads endured challenging weekends with crashes or mechanical issues hampering their efforts at some stage during the X Prix.

ABT CUPRA XE’s Claudia Hürtgen was thankfully unharmed after a sizable barrel roll in Q1 which set a precedent for the team’s weekend. The paddock witnessed a herculean effort from the team’s engineers and mechanics as they got the ODYSSEY 21 ready for Sunday’s Shoot Out, only for a collision with Segi TV Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kyle LeDuc to call a premature end to both team’s events.

Thomas Biermaier, CEO at ABT says: “The first event was quite a unique experience for our team – obviously a little different to what we have hoped for. But we have seen a strong performance from both Claudia and Mattias on track and also an amazing team spirit from the crew in the paddock. Based on these experiences our goal remains the same: We want to have a clean Saturday and then make our way into the final. Bringing home a trophy from Senegal would be a great reward for everyone after a tough start into our Extreme E adventure.”

Mattias Ekström is one of the most experienced drivers on the Extreme E grid. Having raced across multiple disciplines in his career, the double DTM Champion and 2016 World Rallycross Champion’s knowledge will be invaluable at another entirely new and unique venue when the teams arrive at Lac Rose, Senegal for the Ocean X Prix. He says: “I have driven a lot of different race cars in my career and have to say: Extreme E is pure fun. The track layout in Senegal with the straight along the ocean front looks amazing and will again create amazing pictures and action for the spectators in front of their screens.” He continues: “I was doing the Andalucia Rally to get into the mood and now can’t wait to arrive for the Ocean X Prix. We have a lot to make up for.”

Segi TV Chip Ganassi Racing’s Desert X Prix was similarly challenging with their Q1 time tumbling down the order due to power steering issues, which then ruled them out of Q2 entirely. With one time on the board, it was only ever going to be the Shoot Out for the American squad. Following the driver swap, LeDuc was hunting down the ABT CUPRA XE car before his windscreen was showered with dust. Unsighted, he was powerless to avoid Hürtgen and the pair were subsequently out of contention. LeDuc and teammate Sara Price were among the favourites coming into the weekend, so the outfit has a lot of expectation to live up to in Senegal.

Fledgling outfit Veloce Racing were unable to show their true pace in Saudi Arabia after endurance racing veteran Stéphane Sarrazin hit a tuft of camel grass in Q1, sending the car into a barrel roll before the team had finished a single lap. Sarrazin was understandably frustrated and has learned a lot from the costly incident. He says: “I think the key with this series is to be patient. You obviously want to be quick straight away and in Extreme E, every lap counts but pushing too hard early in the weekend can cause problems as we saw for several teams in Saudi Arabia.” He continues: “Senegal will be another very different environment with terrain very few – if any – of the drivers on the grid have raced on, so everyone will start from scratch again which is the beauty of this championship. We’ll do our best as always and see where we end up at the end of the weekend.”

W Series Champion Jamie Chadwick was denied the chance to turn a wheel in anger, having completed just one lap during Friday’s shakedown session. She will be looking to gain as much experience as possible during the second round of the Extreme E championship in order to get up to speed. She says: “Obviously I didn’t get a lot of time behind the wheel last time out but I feel like experience doesn’t matter as much as in other championships because each location is so wildly different to the last. Everything that excited me about Extreme E initially still applies, I’ve just had to wait a little longer for it!”

She adds: “I think we need to be realistic with setting goals for the weekend, we didn’t get a clear picture of where we were in comparison to the other teams in Saudi Arabia so I think we just need to take it one session at a time and get the maximum potential out of the car each time we’re on track, we can’t ask for more than that.”

These three teams will undoubtedly be out to score big points in Senegal to begin climbing up the leaderboard, but who will make the most progress?
21-05-19 All to play for in the middle of the table
Like the top of the Extreme E table, the middle of the standings made up of ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team (fourth), Hispano Suiza XITE Energy Team (fifth) and JBXE (sixth) are within a few points of each other on 26, 20 and 17 point respectively.

Although ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team were in second spot after qualifying propelling them to Semi-Final 1, they narrowly missed out on a place in the Final coming third in that session. Both Hispano Suiza XITE Energy Team and Jenson Button’s JBXE team were in the aptly named Crazy Race but missed out on the Final after being beaten by Andretti United who eventually went on to claim second place in the last race of the day.

It is still all to play for though, with opportunities for points at the Ocean X Prix in Senegal from 29-30 May in both the Qualifying rounds and Final so making your way up the table is a very real possibility that all the teams are relishing.

Albert Fàbrega, ACCIONA | Sainz XE’s Team Principal says: "It was positive to show our speed from the very beginning, even though we narrowly missed the Final. We are very excited now to go to Senegal. The Lac Rose in Dakar is a legendary place in the history of motorsport. Both Laia and Carlos are very experienced drivers on those conditions. We have been working to improve our performance and we are hoping we can fight for the podium again.”

Like most of the Extreme E drivers Laia Sanz has been competing elsewhere ahead of Senegal in the Andalusia Rally, again on four wheels – very different to her two-wheel Dakar pedigree – but important practice for the upcoming course at Lac Rose. She says: “It is important for me, because I am continuously learning when it comes to racing on four wheels, which is not my natural environment. The Andalusia Rally was very positive for me in my progression on four wheels and I am convinced that it will come in handy in Senegal, so yes, I am more confident going into the second event of the Extreme E season. First because I have the experience of having racing in AlUla and second because of the work that I am putting in testing and racing in competitions like the Andalusia Rally.”

Second place in the Crazy Race was the driver duo of Brit Oliver Bennett and Spaniard Christine GZ who had a steady Saudi outing putting them centre of the overall standings. Oliver says: “I’m really XITE’d to get to the Ocean X Prix in Senegal. It feels like a long time since we last drove the car so I’m anxious to get back behind the wheel and keep familiar with this new electric monster.” He continues: “The overall feeling for this event is positive, we learnt a lot in the first round and came away feeling confident and with a good strategy for the season ahead. It’s a new environment, most likely another extreme one, so we will be as prepared as we can to do battle!”

Meanwhile his teammate Christine GZ - has been competing in other races since Saudi Arabia and says: “I have been competing at an off-road event to keep developing my skills and will be testing alongside my teammate Oli in a range of vehicles before round two of Extreme E. My main goal in Senegal is to have a ton of fun! “

JBXE driver Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky, who was the final driver announced to the Extreme E line-up after being confirmed in March just weeks ahead of the first race, is relishing the chance to get back to action. She says: “I’m super excited for Senegal! Saudi was a challenge for us as we came in late to the series so we didn't have much time to prepare, but now we have the experience and knowledge from the Desert X Prix and we've been working closely with Lotus Engineering to see what we can do with the car.”

She continues: “Saudi was the first time I’d raced on the sand and it’s going to be sand again in Senegal, although a different course, so I’m really excited to see a new venue and see how the tyres perform as we had a good run with them in Saudi. All in all it is great to have the experience from the first event and I’m looking forward to seeing how the work we have done between then and Senegal will pay off.”

Only time will tell how Senegal will shake up the leaderboard but it’s safe to say every team is pushing for that top spot.
21-05-18 Can the table toppers keep their spot in Senegal?
The very first Extreme E race on the Saudi Arabian deserts of AlUla just six weeks ago saw Rosberg X Racing (RXR) take both the race victory and the lead in the overall standings, currently sitting pretty at the top of the table on 35 points. Although X44 crossed the finish of the Final in third they currently sit second in the overall table on 30 points after amassing more points in qualifying than Andretti United, who eventually finished second in the Final and now occupy third place in the overall standings with 28 points.

With just seven points separating the trio, Extreme E caught up with the table toppers to see how they’re preparing for the upcoming Ocean X Prix at Lac Rose, Dakar, Senegal from 29-30 May.

One half of the driver pairing, Molly Taylor, from RXR says: “To take victory in the first-ever Extreme E event was an amazing achievement. Everyone in the team had worked so hard in the build-up to the event, so for me and Johan to repay them all with the victory felt so special. The beauty of Extreme E is the extra buzz you get from racing for purpose, too, and it’s an even better feeling when you win for purpose!”

After a momentous win, the team has spent the last few weeks analysing the data taken from the dunes in Saudi Arabia with a view to preparing for the second X Prix in Senegal, where RXR will attempt to make it two wins from two.

Taylor’s RXR teammate, Johan Kristoffersson, says: “Senegal will be a brand-new challenge for everyone, but that’s one of the greatest things about Extreme E: every event is so unique! Despite the differences, we’ll do our best to improve on our performance in AlUla and aim to be competitive once again.”

And when asked if RXR thinks it can keep its position at the top of the table, its Founder Nico Rosberg enthused: “The team did an incredible job in Saudi Arabia to get the win and we’re very proud to be the first X Prix winners in Extreme E history, but we know we need to stay focused if we are to remain at the front. The series is already so competitive, but this team loves a challenge, and we can’t wait to go racing again in Senegal.”

X44 driver pairing Cristina Gutiérrez and Sébastien Loeb had a great weekend in Saudi Arabia topping the qualifying standings and heading straight through to Semi-Final 1, and with a second place finish, progressed to the Final. But the team is hoping for victory in Senegal.

Sébastien says: “I’m looking forward to racing again in Senegal with Cristina. In the last race obviously there were things that didn’t go our way, but we showed that we’re a very competitive team and that we’re able to get results under pressure.” He continues: “The Ocean X Prix will be a totally new terrain and we have an incredible group of people working with us, so I’m excited to go to Senegal and fight again for a win.”

The team has been working hard behind the scenes, analysing the data from Saudi Arabia to hit the ground running and ensure its drivers are prepared as best as possible for what they will face at Lac Rose. They have been particularly focussed on the all-important start which proved vital for the final race position, although Senegal poses a very different challenge of course.

Cristina added: “I’m really excited to get back in the car and race again in Senegal. Obviously the final race in Saudi didn’t go exactly as planned but we got a great result overall and it put us in a good position in the championship. We learned a lot from the last race and we’re going to take those learnings and make sure that we’re as competitive as possible.” When asked about the programmes off the track, she says: “I’m excited too to visit Extreme E’s legacy projects, and make a positive impact on the planet while we’re there.”

And in third spot is Andretti United who progressed to the Final after winning the Crazy Race, named so as only the top finisher made it to the last race of the day. Catie Munnings certainly proved herself to be one to watch following her epic three-wheel drive after suffering a slow puncture in qualifying, and her strength and determination saw her bring the car home in one piece.

It seems she is hoping for a more straightforward X Prix in Senegal. Catie says: “Saudi Arabia certainly wasn’t plain sailing for us, especially with the puncture but Timmy and I learned so much and to finish second in the Final after a tricky start to the event was just awesome. Now we go into Senegal third in the standings, which is a really strong position to be in. We definitely feel well prepared and ready to apply what we learned from Saudi at the Ocean X Prix – and hopefully score another podium!”

When it came to the Final, Andretti was able to select its starting position as it managed to secure the fan-led GridPlay vote after receiving support not only from its followers, but also from teams that didn’t make it to the final, as the rules state they can gift their votes - maybe Andretti United was seen as the underdog? Whatever the reasoning, they’ve certainly proved that they are a force to be reckoned with.

Ahead of Senegal, Timmy Hansen has been busy keeping physically fit through lots of running, even finishing the Wings for Life Run alongside 160,000 others – virtually of course – to raise money for spinal cord research. He has also completed some off-road training in the Polaris and supported Catie in her RallyX Nordic debut in Höljes. He’s also taken some important time off to celebrate his son Sam’s third birthday.

He says: “I’ve had a productive few weeks continuing with my training, fulfilling some sponsor obligations and also spending a bit of time with my family too. It feels good to strike the right balance. It’s been great having Catie over in Sweden again too - we’ve done a full debrief from Saudi and know the areas where we can improve. We’re both feeling confident going into Senegal with a refreshed state of mind.”

The Ocean X Prix starts on 29 May, and as the all-electric SUVs have been at sea travelling the globe on the series’ floating centrepiece – the St. Helena – teams won’t be able to start preparations with the cars themselves until they touch down in Senegal so time is of the essence.
21-05-12 Extreme E's floating centrepiece arrives in Senegal
Today, Extreme E’s floating centrepiece – the St. Helena – has arrived in Senegal for its second X Prix – the Ocean X Prix - taking place at Lac Rose, Dakar from 29 – 30 May.

The St. Helena, Extreme E’s repurposed former Royal Mail Ship, arrived at Dakar port, having travelled for over four weeks from Extreme E’s championship opener in Saudi Arabia. Her epic journey has taken her across the Mediterranean Sea, through the Suez Canal, via Valencia then Gibraltar to finally arrive on the West coast of Africa.

Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Extreme E said: “I’m pleased to see that the St. Helena has arrived safely and on schedule in Dakar - her second voyage as Extreme E’s floating centrepiece is complete.

“St. Helena’s safe arrival means we can now focus on preparing for the Ocean X Prix later this month, and the next phase of our Legacy Programme, which includes the planting of one million mangroves along the West African coastline. As well as bringing our fantastic electric racing series to a place with such a legendary motorsport history, Extreme E aims to shine the spotlight on the environmental challenges that Senegal is facing as well as helping local communities.”

Whilst at port in Valencia, the St. Helena collected some important cargo including AFC Energy’s first upstream green hydrogen fuelling solution. This will work alongside its existing hydrogen power system to charge Extreme E’s fleet of ODYSSEY 21 vehicles at the Ocean X-Prix. In addition, sustainable power solutions company Zenobe loaded a second-life battery on to the St. Helena, which will be used to power Extreme E’s paddock operations, once again reducing overall emissions.

And that’s not all. Whilst in Valencia, car manufacturer, CUPRA was also able to load one of its Formentor e-HYBRIDs - this exciting new model has only been on the market since March, and this one will be used to transport Extreme E’s personnel to and from site at Lac Rose.

The repurposing of the St. Helena has been a huge project for Extreme E. Since her purchase in 2018, she has had a complete internal refit. In addition to building a science laboratory, there are 62 cabins on board which can sleep up to 165 people, two lounges, an 80-seater restaurant, a 100-seater exterior deck, an 80-seater presentation area plus capacity to carry 90 20-foot shipping containers. The ship uses low-energy LED lights, has low-water consumption bathroom fittings and chairs made from recycled plastic bottles, collected from the Mediterranean. There is also a hydroponic system on board in the kitchens which enables the Chef to grow the ship’s own herbs and garnishes.

The cargo will now be unloaded and transported to Lac Rose in Dakar, Senegal ready for the Ocean X Prix which takes place from 29-30 May.

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21-05-07 Sweden's Sportkanalen joins Extreme E's broadcast menu
Extreme E, the ground-breaking electric off-road racing series, has confirmed Sweden’s leading channel Sportkanalen as the latest addition to its broadcasting portfolio. C More, Sportkanalen’s digital channel, is popular throughout Sweden and will air live coverage of Extreme E’s X Prixs as well as the preview, review, and magazine shows in both Swedish and English. Coverage of the championship will also be available on C More’s OTT digital platform.

Sweden currently ranks in the top five leading countries in the world in the uptake of electric vehicles amongst its population. With an EV market share of 26 per cent and an increase in sales of a staggering 245 per cent in 2019, Sweden is making great strides in electric transformation – thanks largely to increased government incentives to buyers, namely national grants, and tax subsidiaries.

Equally, the Swedish nation loves its motorsport and boasts many exceptional racing drivers. One of whom, WRX supremo, Johan Kristoffersson has already taken Extreme E honours when he and his Rosberg X Racing teammate Molly Taylor drove to a sensational victory at the series opener in Saudi Arabia last month.

Ali Russell, Chief Marketing Officer, Extreme E said: “Sweden is a vital market for Extreme E and I am delighted to welcome Sportkanalen and C More to our broadcast menu. The population’s increasing usage of electric vehicles is great to see, particularly as the benefits of electrification are one of the key pillars of our championship.

“In addition, we also have an impressive cohort of Swedish talent amongst our driver line up this year. We are thrilled to have the likes of Johan Kristoffersson, Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky , Timmy Hansen and Mattias Ekström on the grid and I’m confident that this, as well as the ever-important environmental stories behind our sport for purpose series, will make for a captivating show for C More and Sportkanalen’s audiences.”

Johan Cederqvist, Head of C More channels and rights said: “Extreme E will be a strong complement to our other sports rights on Sportkanalen and C More. People in Sweden have a great interest in motorsport and Extreme E has a natural place in our portfolio.”

Extreme E has already attracted some of the biggest names in motorsport including Formula One World Champions Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Jenson Button, all of whom have founded teams X44, Rosberg X Racing and JBXE respectively. Button also makes up the male half of his driver pairing, with his Swedish female teammate MikaelaÅhlin-Kottulinsky. The gender equal format is a stipulation of the championship in a bid to encourage gender equality and a level playing field - a world-first in motorsport.

All 18 Extreme E drivers compete in identical fully electric 550 bhp SUVs. Known as the ODYSSEY 21, these monster off-roaders can reach 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds, at gradients of up to 130 per cent.

The cars, along with the rest of the championship’s freight are currently at sea on Extreme E’s floating centrepiece, the St. Helena, as it heads to Senegal for the Ocean X Prix at the end of this month. The series chose a ship as sea travel is less carbon intensive than air freight, but not only that, it also provides the opportunity to conduct research into various areas of the marine environment during the global voyage in its on-board science laboratory, which will be home to a number of scientists during its year long voyage.

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21-04-29 Download One month until Extreme E's Ocean X Prix
Today marks one month until Extreme E’s second event – the Ocean X Prix – which will take place at Lac Rose in Dakar, Senegal on 29-30 May. Extreme E marks the return of off-road racing to one of its original roots, famous for the gruelling Paris-Dakar Rally which debuted in 1978 but which hasn’t finished in the Senegalese capital since 2007.

Alejandro Agag, CEO and Founder of Extreme E, said: “So here we are, just one month until our second event, the Ocean X Prix. We are all very excited to be headed to Senegal, in particular Dakar and specifically Lac Rose, which once marked the finish line to one of the most iconic rallies in the world. We are pleased to be bringing motorsport back to this region and am sure we will put on an incredible show.

“But more than that, Extreme E is using its platform to highlight the climate realities of the area, from rising sea levels to plastic pollution. Not only will we use our sport to shine a light on all these issues and the solutions we can all be part of, but we will also be making a positive and lasting difference through our various Legacy Programmes in the country including planting one million mangroves and supporting local communities.”

Extreme E has attracted some of the biggest names in motorsport including Formula One World Champions Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg who have founded teams X44 and Rosberg X Racing respectively, plus Jenson Button who has not only founded, but makes up one half of the JBXE driver pairing. In a motorsport world-first, teams are required to field both a male and female driver in a bid for gender equality and a level playing field, with the 2021 line-up including the likes of Sébastien Loeb, Carlos Sainz Snr., Johan Kristoffersson, Molly Taylor, Jamie Chadwick and Laia Sanz.

Abdou Thiam, President of the Senegalese Motorsport Federation, said: “When Alejandro presented his project to me, it was with great enthusiasm that I welcomed the idea of an international competition on the banks of the Pink Lake.

“Thanks to a long tradition of motorsport in Senegal, this site has hosted our various national championships and the arrival of many international competitions. The most famous of these even bears the name of our capital.

“The innovative approach of Extreme E as well as its environmental dimension projects us towards the future of off-road motor racing. Finally, we are delighted and honoured to welcome the great names of the motorsport family. As such, we welcome all the actors of what I hope will be the first edition of a long series in Senegal.”

Extreme E chose Lac Rose in Senegal to highlight a variety of issues such as rising sea levels due to global warming which causes oceans to heat up, and in turn expand. Sea level has been rising by around 30 centimetres every 10 years. Plastic pollution is another major issue affecting the African country, with the mountain of single-use plastic washing up on the shores growing day-by-day and threatening marine species and human health.

The lake itself is a vibrant pink due to the Dunaliella Salina bacteria, which is attracted by the lake’s salt content. The bacteria produce a red pigment in order to absorb the sunlight, thus giving the lake its unique colour. However, the water levels have fallen dramatically in the last 40 years due to over-exploitation of salt mining and water pumping.

Over the last year, Extreme E has supported two projects, which it will continue to do beyond the race weekend, in conjunction with its legacy partner to.org. The first of these legacy projects with to.org, and local implementation partner Oceanium, is to plant one million mangrove trees. Mangroves pull carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and the sediment beneath their roots stores a huge amount of this carbon. They are also important for coastal communities protecting them from destructive effects of storms and of sea level, and as nurseries for fish that provide food. Sadly, over a third of mangroves have been lost, leaving them vulnerable to food shortages and from storm damage.

As part of its Legacy Programme commitment, Extreme E has already assisted with the planting of half a million mangroves over an area of 65 hectares. This reforestation involved nine outings and almost 700 people who supported planting and support for growing trees, and removal of plastic waste to ensure a healthy mangrove ecosystem.

In addition, Extreme E has been supporting the local community through the EcoZone Project in collaboration with to.org and GroupeSenghor (GS). Based in Lac Rose, close to Extreme E’s race location, this project aims to raise awareness of climate issues and location mitigation strategies by engaging local people in the creation of a healthy environment. The ultimate goal here is to build a sustainable community through the provision of guidance, information and resources, empowering self-sufficiency and economic autonomy.

Nachson Mimran, CEO and co-founder of to.org said: “The to.org team is honoured to bring our love for Senegal and our passion for sustainability to our legacy partnership with Extreme E. The reforestation of mangroves – one of nature’s most effective carbon capture solutions – will protect against coastal erosion, provide habitats for fish nurseries and marine organisms, and will improve water quality for local communities by filtering polluted water. We are excited to continue our mangrove reforestation programme and to advance to.org’s mission to address Earth’s most pressing social and environmental challenges.”

Extreme E’s floating centrepiece, the St. Helena, is currently en route to Senegal with the championship’s freight including its fleet of all-important electric SUVs – the ODYSSEY 21 – which teams will race in a month’s time to see who will take victory at the Ocean X Prix. Rosberg X Racing currently tops the leaderboard, but with four X Prixs to go, it is still all to play for.

To minimise local impact, Extreme E races will not be open to spectators, with fans instead invited to follow the racing through live TV broadcast, which includes RTS, ESPN, Fox Africa, StarTimes in Senegal, and on social media.

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21-04-04 Rosberg X Racing makes history as first Extreme E winner following dramatic desert dust-up
Rosberg X Racing duo Johan Kristoffersson and Molly Taylor were the pace-setters from the outset in Extreme E’s inaugural race weekend in AlUla, Saudi Arabia (3/4 April), but the pair still had to dig deep in the desert to battle their way to victory and carve themselves out a piece of motorsport history.

There has been feverish anticipation in the build-up to this weekend’s Desert X Prix, and the event delivered in every aspect. Following yesterday’s Qualifying time trials, today, the drivers went wheel-to-wheel for the first time, generating some of the most spectacular images ever seen in the sport and drawing widespread acclaim from competitors and fans alike.

Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Extreme E, said: “We’ve worked so hard on this for many years, and finally everything has come together this weekend. It really has been beyond my wildest expectations. If I had written a script for the perfect weekend, I could not have come up with anything better than what we have witnessed these past two days – I’ve never seen such extreme racing in my life.

“This first race weekend will have a huge influence on how Extreme E evolves, and one of the reasons I feel so proud is that we have built this platform where female drivers can shine like they deserve. What we have seen from them here is extraordinary – some incredible talent and courage – and overall, I think it’s fair to say we have really made our mark. I’m over the moon.”

Ultimately, nothing could stop Kristoffersson and Taylor from storming to the top step of the podium – not a 60-second penalty for exceeding the 30km/h limit in the driver switch zone yesterday, nor less favourable grid slots in both the Semi-Final and Final today. It was a virtuoso display of speed, skill and superhuman car control in the most challenging of conditions.

Nico Rosberg, Rosberg X Racing Founder and CEO, said: “This is insane. I’m so thankful to the whole team for the effort put in this weekend, which has been intense and really on-the-edge. Everything has come together so well and everybody has worked together so well.

“We have a fantastic team of engineers and mechanics, who prepared perfectly for this first weekend with so many unknowns, and Molly and Johan produced some phenomenal driving. Neither of them put a foot wrong in really tough conditions, and they both showed unbelievable speed out there – their performance was really inspiring and I felt really proud watching them. To come back to claim victory after a 60-second penalty caused by a technical problem is just awesome, and they are definitely deserving winners. For the championship as a whole, it’s really been a good start.”

Shoot Out
The duel for seventh place in the overall classification was fought out between Segi TV Chip Ganassi Racing (Kyle LeDuc / Sara Price) and ABT CUPRA XE (Mattias Ekström / Claudia Hürtgen), both of whom endured difficult Qualifying runs. Price initially pulled ahead by using her Hyperdrive power boost, before Ekström repaid the favour on the exit of Turn One to snatch the lead.

Once the driver switch was complete, LeDuc set about chasing down Hürtgen, but almost within sight of the finish line, the American – unsighted by the dust – made contact with his German rival and the pair both ended their weekend beached in the desert.

Crazy Race
With just one spot up for grabs in the Final, the stakes were high for the three Crazy Race competitors – Andretti United’s Timmy Hansen / Catie Munnings, Hispano Suiza XITE Energy Team pairing Oliver Bennett / Christine Giampaoli Zonca and JBXE duo Jenson Button / Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky.

A demon start by 2019 FIA World Rallycross Champion Hansen saw the Swede already clear of his adversaries before the trio arrived at the first gate, with Bennett narrowly sneaking in front of former Formula 1 World Champion Button to snatch second.

Hansen opened up a 30-second margin before Munnings took over, after which, the 2016 European Rally Championship Ladies’ Trophy winner artfully managed the gap to safely bring the Andretti United car home. Giampaoli Zonca did a good job to peg her British rival throughout, with Åhlin-Kottulinsky similarly showing a strong turn-of-speed on her way to the finish line in third.

Semi-Final
As top qualifiers yesterday, the X44 crew of Sébastien Loeb and Cristina Gutiérrez opted to start from the right-hand side of the grid for the Semi-Final – giving them the theoretical inside line for ‘Turn One’. ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team duo Carlos Sainz and Laia Sanz chose the middle slot, with Rosberg X Racing (Kristoffersson / Taylor) taking up position on the left.

When the action got underway, Sainz got the best launch to edge fellow multiple FIA World Rally Champion Loeb away from the line, with the pole-sitter briefly slipping back to third. Loeb then regained the advantage as the battling Sainz and Kristoffersson both drifted wide, but the Swede was not done yet and neatly undercut both of his adversaries on the exit of the first gate to seize the initiative.

Kicking up a sandstorm in his wake, Kristoffersson rapidly made his escape as his pursuers found themselves driving blindly through the dust – and by the time he arrived at the switch zone to hand over to team-mate Taylor, the Rosberg X Racing car was almost 13 seconds to the good.

Thereafter, the former Australian Rally Champion continued to eke out the gap, crossing the finish line just under half-a-minute ahead of Gutiérrez, as both teams successfully booked their places in the all-important Final. Another 38 seconds in arrears, ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team wound up third to slip out of contention.

Final
As winners of the fan-led GridPlay vote, Andretti United had the luxury of choosing their starting spot for the Final. Hansen duly plumped for pole position on the right, with Kristoffersson lining up in the middle for Rosberg X Racing and X44’s Loeb taking up the third grid slot on the left.

Hansen replicated his lightning launch from the Crazy Race as Kristoffersson focussed his efforts on fending off Loeb for second, before employing the same tactic that had served him so well in the Semi-Final to sweep wide going into Turn One and undercut compatriot Hansen on the exit in a sensational switchback move.

The three-time FIA World Rallycross Champion then wasted no time at all in stretching his legs, as Hansen settled into second and Loeb – grappling with power steering problems – trailed behind the pair in third. Kristoffersson handed the car over to Taylor with a half-minute advantage, and whilst Munnings would go on to narrow the deficit slightly over the course of the second lap, the Australian always had the situation under control and wound up just over 23 seconds clear at the finish.

Molly Taylor, Rosberg X Racing driver, said: “What an amazing start to the season! It feels a bit surreal, with so much anticipation and preparation leading into the weekend and we all came here not really knowing what to expect. It was definitely extreme. It was the first time we had experienced terrain like that, and on every lap, the course was changing – there were so many different variables to deal with. We just wanted to make the most of the little time we had in the car – every single kilometre.

“We had a small issue in the pit-lane during Qualifying, but aside from that we were the quickest in every session. You have to be fast when it counts, be smart when it counts and take the big moves when it counts, and for it to all come together when it mattered was really special. Huge thanks to Johan – his opening laps were just insane – and the team has done such an incredible amount of work behind-the-scenes.

“It’s pretty cool to be part of this journey at the start of something that I think has an amazing future. This series is really throwing the traditional rule book out of the window and starting afresh, and I think everyone will agree it was spectacular to watch. The male drivers we have here are the best in any motorsport category in the world, so it’s an awesome opportunity for us female drivers and a real investment in the development of female racing talent. This is just a dream come true all-round.”

Johan Kristoffersson, Rosberg X Racing driver, said: “First of all, huge congratulations to the team. We had some minor issues but we came here very well-prepared, which made our life so much easier out on-track. This sport isn’t only about the drivers; it’s about the team giving us the tools to do the job. With such a limited amount of track time, you need to have confidence that the car will do what you ask of it – and the Rosberg X Racing guys did an amazing job to give Molly and myself such a great car.

“Molly performed fantastically; it was her that made the difference in the first Qualifying session. When you’re in the lead, you need to strike the right balance between backing off too much and risking too much, which is a new learning experience in this situation.

“In the Semi-Final and especially the Final, I really didn’t want to be in the dust after seeing some of the on-boards! Those first 30 seconds of the race are what you are really working for, when the adrenaline is pumping the fastest – we’re all adrenaline junkies here, and that’s the feeling you really want. It’s been such an amazing team effort overall, and I’m just super happy and already looking forward to the next event in Senegal – after a few weeks off first!”

Hansen and Munnings completed a remarkable recovery for Andretti United following the team’s Saturday struggles, when a puncture in Qualifying had threatened to derail their weekend altogether.

Catie Munnings, Andretti United driver, said: “I just don’t have the words – I’m smiling so much! Timmy [Hansen] is my absolute hero, just a legend. His starts today have been incredible, which has made my job easy and all about bringing it home. With the puncture back at the beginning of Qualifying, who would have thought we would be here in second place now? The hard work paid off and we managed to turn our weekend around.

“Extreme E offers an amazing platform for female drivers, and it’s super cool to be racing against such fast girls. It’s been really nice to see everyone coming together, encouraging each other and creating a competitive environment, and all of us – men and women alike – have been learning on the job and having a great time while doing it.

“I’m super happy with the start to the season. This is a massive moment for my career and one I will remember forever. It’s been such a journey just to get to this point with a big build-up and no-one really knowing what to expect, so to finish with a great result makes it even more special. We know we can be faster, too, so we’ll get our heads down now and come back stronger in Senegal!”

Timmy Hansen, Andretti United driver, said: “This feels amazing. After Q1, this kind of result really felt a long way off. What a performance by Catie in Qualifying to keep the car on-track with the puncture; she brought our ODYSSEY 21 home and with a good time, too. That was a key moment for us this weekend. We were still the underdogs, but it felt like it all came together in the Crazy Race, which was a ‘must-win’.

“I think GridPlay was very important for us in the Final. That allowed us to choose our starting position and from there, I got way more traction than the others and could pull a gap straightaway. Obviously I’m a bit disappointed that we couldn’t keep the lead, but Johan [Kristoffersson] pulled a mega move into the chicane so congratulations to Rosberg X Racing. I’m still really happy to finish second in the first-ever Extreme E event. Catie and the whole team did a fantastic job throughout.

“Senegal next time out will be a completely different proposition, and almost like starting from zero again. With so many high-profile teams and drivers, we will have to be on our toes and work even harder. Massive congratulations to Alejandro Agag and the entire Extreme E organisation; to pull this idea off at such a high level is astonishing. It has exceeded any expectations that I had, and I’m excited to see where this championship will take off to. I think Extreme E has an incredibly bright future.”

After topping the timesheets at the end of Qualifying, Loeb and Gutiérrez ultimately completed the podium in third for X44, consistently losing time due to their power steering failure in the Final.

Cristina Gutiérrez, X44 driver, said: “The whole weekend has been really good, and it all just came down to some bad luck in the Final with the power steering breaking. There was nothing we could do about that, so we have to be pleased to finish third.

“I’m very happy to be in such a great team. I spoke to Lewis [Hamilton – X44 Founder] during the weekend and he gave me a lot of advice and tips, and now I’m looking forward to going to Senegal to try to win. Extreme E offers such a great opportunity for female drivers to race directly against so many legends of the sport, and I’m so proud to be a part of it.”

Sébastien Loeb, X44 driver, said: “It was a good weekend overall, scoring some good points, finishing on the podium in the first event of the season and leaving sitting second in the championship. For sure, we expected to do better in the Final, but entering the first corner, we lost the power steering – and without that, a car this big and heavy is just so difficult to drive and it became a hard battle to keep it on the track.

“That was a bit disappointing, but for the rest I’m happy with the weekend and the team did a great job. The main thing is that we showed that together, we can fight for the win. Both Cristina and I were very fast, so I think we have a good chance for the rest of the season.”

Final Result
Rosberg X Racing (Johan Kristoffersson / Molly Taylor) 2 laps
Andretti United (Timmy Hansen / Catie Munnings) +23.73s
X44 (Sébastien Loeb / Cristina Gutiérrez) +1m38.09s

With the Desert X Prix now done-and-dusted, the cars will be loaded back onto the St. Helena – Extreme E’s floating centrepiece – to set sail for Lac Rose in Senegal, the setting for the Ocean X Prix on 29/30 May.

Championship Standings
Rosberg X Racing (Johan Kristoffersson / Molly Taylor) 35 points
X44 (Sébastien Loeb / Cristina Gutiérrez) 30 points
Andretti United (Timmy Hansen / Catie Munnings) 28 points
ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team (Carlos Sainz / Laia Sanz) 26 points
Hispano Suiza XITE Energy Team (Oliver Bennett / Christine Giampaoli Zonca) 20 points
JBXE (Jenson Button / Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky) 17 points
ABT Cupra XE (Mattias Ekström / Claudia Hürtgen) 13 points
Segi TV Chip Ganassi Racing (Kyle LeDuc / Sara Price) 12 points
Veloce Racing (Stéphane Sarrazin / Jamie Chadwick) 8 points

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21-04-04 Historisk seger för Johan
Johan Kristoffersson skrev under påskdagen ett stycke motorsportshistoria. Tillsammans med teamkamraten Molly Taylor tog han hem segern i den första deltävlingen av Extreme E.
- Stort grattis till hela teamet för allt arbete de har lagt ner för att kunna placera oss högst på prispallen, summerar Johan.

Elbilsserien Extreme E avgörs under extrema förhållanden och första tävlingen gick av stapeln i spektakulär saudiarabisk ökenmiljö. Inte oväntat handlade det mycket om sand och damm, något som Kristoffersson och Taylor i Rosberg X Racing visade sig behärska väl.

Redan i första kvalomgången på lördagen satte duon sin standard och var snabbast.

Även i andra kvalet var RXR-teamet raskast, men i samband med det obligatoriska förarbytet blev det problem med bilens hastighetsbegränsare. Taylor och Kristoffersson tilldelades en bestraffning på en minut och slutade därmed trea totalt i kvalet.
- Vi hanterade problemet med tidsbestraffningen, teamet höll sitt fokus och vi levererade en fantastisk semifinal och final.

I söndagens semifinal handlade det mesta om att få en bra start för att slippa åka i damm. Kristoffersson inledde för RXR och gjorde från sitt ytterspår en mästerlig manöver mot rallylegenderna Sébastien Loeb och Carlos Sainz. Därifrån kunde han enkelt kontrollera situationen och gav australiensiskan Molly Taylor ett utmärkt läge att förvalta fram till seger.

I finalen ställdes Kristoffersson än en gång mot Loeb samt Timmy Hansen. Hansen var snabbast iväg från startlinjen, men värmlänningen upprepade sitt segerrecept med attack från ytterspår och ett eget spårval in i första kurvan.
- Bilen kändes fantastisk och racingen var spännande i början av de två racen så jag är verkligen glad att jag och Molly kunde ta hem den här segern för hela teamet och för alla våra fantastiska fans, säger Johan.

Med en halv minuts ledning efter Kristofferssons styrning, kunde Molly Taylor ta över och föra Rosberg-teamet fram till en historisk första seger i serien. Taylor öste beröm över sin lagkompis:
- Jag måste säga tack till Johan för hans fantastiska omkörningar i semifinal och final. Han förde vår Odyssey 21 till en fantastisk position, vilket gav mig möjligheten att bara fokusera på att ta bilen i mål.

Teamets grundare, Nico Rosberg, var av förklarliga skäl mycket nöjd med premiärhelgen.
- Jag är så tacksam mot alla i RXR för allt jobb vi har lagt ner inför tävlingen och under helgen. Den här segern har vi tagit tack vare ett fantastiskt lagarbete och jag tycker att Johans och Mollys prestation i bilen bekräftade det. Våra förare har inte satt en fot fel och har visat upp otrolig fart, säger den förre formel 1-världsmästaren.

Rosberg lyfter också fram förarnas engagemang i miljöfrågan, en viktig del av den nya racingseriens syften.
- Jag är väldigt stolt att ha båda två som ambassadörer för våra insatser på banan, men också för deras engagemang att skapa medvetande om och vidta åtgärder för att skydda vår planet.

Extreme E handlar om att genomföra miljöanpassad racing och att uppmärksamma miljöer där klimatförändringarna har stor effekt. Nästa tävling ska lyfta fram havsmiljö och avgörs i Senegals kustområde i slutet av maj. Inför den tävlingen leder Kristofferssons team mästerskapet med fem poäng.
20-04-03 Dazzling desert duel as Extreme E gets off to spectacular start
Extreme E had promised to bring the show in AlUla this weekend (3/4 April), and the opening day of the Desert X Prix did just that with jaw-dropping competition, stunning backdrops, high drama throughout including a heartstopping roll and a sensational scrap to top the Qualifying timesheets – one ultimately won by X44 duo Sébastien Loeb and Cristina Gutiérrez.

The pioneering electric SUV off-road racing series has ventured into the heart of the Saudi Arabian desert for its inaugural X Prix, and the challenging, high-speed 8.8km track layout – laid out in the midst of a breathtaking otherworldly landscape – was designed to push drivers and cars absolutely to their limits. It did not disappoint.

Winding its way spectacularly between canyons, through ravines, across deep sand dunes and punctuated by 33 waypoints, the rock-strewn course was bumpy and undulating in equal measure, with steep climbs offset by ‘The Drop’ – a 100m, 45-degree descent likened by some competitors to tackling a black ski run. For almost everybody, it represented a journey into the unknown – and it produced some memorable action.

Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Extreme E, said: “I think the first day of Extreme E has been absolutely fantastic. I have been blown away by the action and the images – there was just so much to look at. It was even better than we expected, and the feedback on social media has been amazing – and this was only Qualifying! I really think we are onto something huge here.”

Lewis Hamilton’s X44 team ended the day at the summit of the standings following a stirring duel against Nico Rosberg’s eponymous Rosberg X Racing outfit, as the two Formula 1 World Champions renewed battle in the desert dunes and mere fractions-of-a-second separated the leading drivers.

Three-time FIA World Rallycross Champion Johan Kristoffersson and former Australian Rally Champion Molly Taylor combined to set the pace in the first Qualifying session, with the former showcasing his effortlessly smooth style and the latter demonstrating her famed car control as she artfully held on to a wild ‘bucking bronco’ moment along the way.

The Swedish/Australian pairing again posted the fastest time in Q2 – stopping the clock just under five seconds quicker than their X44 rivals – but a 60-second penalty for exceeding the 30km/h speed limit in the driver switch zone would cost them the top spot.

That elevated Loeb and Gutiérrez to the head of the overnight order. The French nine-time FIA World Rally Champion recovered well from an early error that required him to gather up a slide after hitting a dip, while his team-mate – the first female Spanish driver to finish the legendary Dakar Rally in the car category – increasingly hustled the ODYSSEY 21 as the day progressed.

Sébastien Loeb, X44 driver, said: “We’re very happy to have finished Qualifying in first place. Today went really well and the whole X44 team did a great job with the car in difficult conditions. We were the first drivers to get out onto the track so it was hard to know what to expect in the first Qualifying round, but obviously our strategy paid off and we achieved the time we needed to. Tomorrow is a new day and the standard of the other teams will be really high, so we’re just going to keep doing what we’re doing and pushing to win.”

Cristina Gutiérrez, X44 driver, said: “We’ve had an incredible day, but it was also very challenging! We haven’t been able to spend any time in the car for the last few months so it was difficult to get used to it again, but we managed to fight and achieve a good time. To have finished first in Qualifying and have our car still in great condition is amazing; we’re really happy, and we can’t wait to go again tomorrow. We know the other teams are not going to be easy to race against, but we are confident and ready to go.”

Two-time FIA World Rally Champion Carlos Sainz might be the oldest driver in the field, but there was no lack of commitment from the 58-year-old on his first representative run for the ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team following a power steering pump failure during yesterday’s shakedown. The Spaniard impressively pegged Loeb throughout Q2, as his team-mate Laia Sanz – a 13-time Women’s Trial World Champion – demonstrated her rapid learning abilities on four wheels to secure second place for the squad.

Carlos Sainz, ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team driver, said: “Considering it is only the first day of racing, in general we are pretty happy. We set the second-fastest time overall and we scored good points. Tomorrow we will be in the first Semi-Final, from where only two teams will reach the Final. We will try to do a good job. The goal for Sunday is to make it into the Final. We know it will be tough judging by the lap times we have seen today, but the team is in good spirits. The start will matter a lot. It will be the first race we do with all the cars starting side-by-side in the dust, so it will be interesting...”

Laia Sanz, ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team driver, said: “Today was a positive day. There were many unknowns before Qualifying, but we were further ahead than I had expected and I am happy. It was a busy day, but we made it through quite well. Maybe I played it a bit safe in the first Qualifying, but we improved the car for the second session and the times were faster. Extreme E is particularly tricky because you have to be competitive from the very beginning and it is difficult to adapt that fast, but my feeling in the car has improved and we are heading in the right direction. The goal for Sunday is to do a good Semi-Final to finish in the top two, because that would put us into the Final, which would be a great result for this first weekend of racing.”

Rosberg X Racing did enough to hold onto third spot overall once the penalty had been applied, seeing Kristoffersson and Taylor safely through to tomorrow’s main Semi-Final.

Johan Kristoffersson, Rosberg X Racing driver, said: “It’s been an intense start to the weekend but the team has done a great job to help us go P3 in Qualifying, score strong points and put us into the Semi-Finals for tomorrow. Molly and I are both learning more about the car every time we head out on the course, and we have a lot of feedback to run through with the engineers to make sure we are in a strong position to go racing.”

Molly Taylor, Rosberg X Racing driver, said: “It’s been a strong start to the weekend for RXR, and I’m happy with our performance. The course is changing a lot during the sessions because of the ruts and new tyre tracks that are appearing, so every lap feels different to the last and is a new challenge. We had some wild moments in Qualifying 1, but we managed to keep it pinned to go fastest and have a strong run in Qualifying 2 to make it through to the Semi-Finals tomorrow.”

Andretti United was similarly right on the front-running pace, but a puncture in Q1 cost the team time and prompted a heroic effort from Catie Munnings, who completed much of her lap with the car crabbing as the right-rear tyre dangled precariously off its rim. That restricted the Briton and Swedish team-mate Timmy Hansen to fourth overall and means they will need to navigate their way successfully through tomorrow’s ‘Crazy Race’ if they are to reach the Final.

They will be joined in the Crazy Race by Hispano Suiza XITE Energy Team (Oliver Bennett / Christine Giampaoli Zonca) and JBXE (Jenson Button / Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky), neither of whom had trouble-free days. The former picked up a 75-second penalty for speeding in the driver switch zone, while the latter lost time with a brief on-course stoppage after hitting a bump in Q1.

A promising run for Button and Åhlin-Kottulinsky in Q2 was then undone by penalties totalling just shy of three minutes for a switch zone infraction and speeding, although the 2009 F1 World Champion’s team was dealt a get-out-of-jail-free card by even greater problems for three of their adversaries.

Following a difficult Friday, Segi TV Chip Ganassi Racing’s woes continued into today in Saudi Arabia, with a power steering issue requiring Kyle LeDuc and Sara Price to physically wrestle their ODYSSEY 21 to the end of Q1 – a situation that the former described as ‘a fist fight’ inside the cockpit. Further gremlins then prevented Price from even reaching the start-line in Q2, meaning she and LeDuc will be restricted to the ‘Shoot Out’ tomorrow.

Other teams in the wars were ABT CUPRA XE – whose female driver Claudia Hürtgen thankfully emerged unharmed from a sizeable barrel-roll almost within sight of the Q1 finish line – and Veloce Racing, with Stéphane Sarrazin’s roll enough to rule the British outfit out of the remainder of the weekend.

Alejandro Agag: “There were some heart-in-the-mouth moments today, particularly for ABT CUPRA XE and Claudia Hürtgen. I think it’s safe to say we are all pleased to see her walk away from the crash – it is a testament to CBMM Niobium and their robust and tough chassis, which was put to the ultimate test today and delivered.”

Sunday’s racing will get underway at 09h00 local time, with the Shoot Out, Crazy Race, Semi-Final and Final (13h00 local time) set to determine who will walk away with the honour of being crowned Extreme E’s very first X Prix winner.

Combined Qualifying Results
X44 (Sébastien Loeb / Cristina Gutiérrez) 21m55.998s
ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team (Carlos Sainz / Laia Sanz) +41.097s
Rosberg X Racing (Johan Kristoffersson / Molly Taylor) +50.825s
Andretti United (Timmy Hansen / Catie Munnings) +1m08.536s
Hispano Suiza XITE Energy Team (Oliver Bennett / Christine Giampaoli Zonca) +3m14.734s
JBXE (Jenson Button / Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky) +4m54.880s
Segi TV Chip Ganassi Racing (Kyle LeDuc / Sara Price) +2 laps
ABT Cupra XE (Mattias Ekström / Claudia Hürtgen) +3 laps
Veloce Racing (Stéphane Sarrazin / Jamie Chadwick) +4 laps

To learn more about Extreme E, visit - www.Extreme-E.com
21-04-02 The stage is set: drivers prepare for action following shakedown in Saudi Arabia
Shakedowns are complete and the scene is set for the inaugural Extreme E event in Saudi Arabia this weekend (3-4 April), the Desert X Prix in the books and drivers excited to take to the course to see who can claim first bragging rights.

Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Extreme E, said: “This is a very special day. Extreme E was such an out-of-the-box idea that many people didn’t think it would ever happen – even I didn’t know if we would get to this day. In these COVID times, it would have been impossible to organise this event without the incredible support of our hosts and our teams, and I must thank Saudi Arabia for welcoming us. We are getting ready for something amazing this weekend.

“I call Extreme E the biggest experiment ever seen in motorsport, and this weekend is like a test and race all at the same time. We have an amazing line-up – if you add up all the world championships on the grid amongst drivers and team owners, there are more than 40 in total. Then we have the gender equality aspect and the major innovation of the Command Centre, which sees us putting all of these rivals together in the same room. It’s incredible, and these electric SUVs are going to put on a great show. We’re ready to race!”

His Royal Highness Prince Khalid bin Sultan Al Faisal, Chairman of the Saudi Automobile & Motor Federation, added: “Motorsport is very important to us. We have a big population that likes motorsport and entertainment, and have been working with Alejandro since 2017 on Formula E, which marked our first major international motorsport event. We are very honoured to be working with Alejandro and his team again on such an ambitious new project. We are from the desert and have the best place for rallies, so to combine electric technology with rallying means Extreme E really fits well with our plans for sustainability and the future in Saudi Arabia.

“We are blessed to have different types of scenery and landscapes in Saudi Arabia, and this is one of the most spectacular areas. We wanted to share what we have, especially here in AlUla and also play our role in making the environment and the world safer. We are on a mission to safeguard our planet and preserve it for future generations, and this aligns very well with Vision 2030 and showing people around the world both our heritage as well as where we are heading.”

All 18 competitors had the opportunity to sample the 18km course – centred around three canyons in the vast desert surrounding AlUla – behind the wheel of the ODYSSEY 21, giving them their first taste of what the weekend will have in store. In-between the two sessions, a number of them participated in a live-streamed press conference to offer their thoughts on the series and the action ahead.

Jenson Button, JBXE driver, said: “It’s exciting to be here, with so many great teams and drivers from around the world. It’s very special to be a part of this. It’s been great to share the dirt with those guys, although my world championship obviously came on asphalt, so it’s been a bit of a shock! I’ve done a bit of off-roading before in a rally car, but nothing like this in the sand and the ODYSSEY 21 is a very different vehicle – I’ve never previously driven four wheel-drive. It’s certainly extreme. You’re playing with the steering wheel the whole time and the course is insane!

“I like the idea of individual qualifying, because we can really push the car to the limit and get a feel for what it can do. My team are doing a fantastic job and I’m really looking forward to seeing how they progress through this season. I’m definitely not ready yet – it’s going to take a bit of time and we’re constantly learning, which is what I want to do – but it’s a great experience and I’m really enjoying it. It gives me a big rush of excitement.”

Sara Price, Segi TV Chip Ganassi Racing driver, said: “I’m so honoured to be here – in the world of off-road racing, you have no idea how big this is. It’s pretty incredible to have the whole of our industry watching us, and when somebody told me this morning that I was making history as the first driver to take to the course, it’s just crazy and so cool. It’s already been such a journey and an adventure. I’m very grateful and glad to be a part of something that means so much.

“I’ve been very lucky in my career to get a lot of opportunities to hop into some incredible machines, but I never had a money tree in my backyard so could never afford to do much testing. I think that’s made me very good at adapting quickly to different vehicles, which is exactly what we’re doing here in Extreme E – it’s all about having minimal time, jumping in and figuring it out as fast as you can. I think my off-road background is definitely a positive, but it’s going to be a challenge for everyone.”

Stéphane Sarrazin, Veloce Racing driver, said: “It’s incredible to be contesting the first-ever Extreme E event in such an extraordinary setting. This is a great opportunity to be part of something shaping the future, because there’s no question for me that electric is the future for motorsport.

“All the drivers here have amazing experience – they’re all top drivers. Maybe I have a small advantage on the electric side from Formula E, so I need to ensure I make the most of that. My team-mate Jamie [Chadwick] is really fast and we spent some time together at my rally school in France where she improved a lot on the gravel. Her background is obviously in circuit racing, but she’s very open-minded and keen to learn and we have a very good relationship.”

Timmy Hansen, Andretti United driver, said: “Both on a professional level and personally, this is a huge adventure. It’s about something bigger than ourselves, the race car is cool and the course is fun. It’s obviously very different to the testing we did last year, but the car feels great and seems to suit the track very well. To go racing without much practice time is just the kind of challenge I love. The level of adrenaline is very high.

“My team-mate Catie [Munnings] has been really good to work with. She’s still young and is taking a massive step up now to four wheel-drive, but she has a lot of talent and a great attitude. I’m also proud and very lucky to be representing two such massive motorsport names as Andretti and United. It’s an incredible team, and I will do everything I can not to let them down. We’ve all tried to prepare as well as we can and this is where it counts, which is very exciting. Ok, I haven’t participated in 15 Dakars or whatever it is like [Carlos] Sainz, but I will certainly do my best...”

Mattias Ekström, ABT CUPRA XE driver, said: “I’ve got many reasons to be happy being here. The older you get, the wiser you get and my main priority is to enjoy it all and have a good time. Extreme E is all about short, fast action, making it perfect for Cupra as such a cool brand, and obviously ABT as an organisation know how to win.

“After driving the track this morning, I think it’s fair to say the second sector is the tricky one, with different lines and blind crests. I think the biggest difference will be made there. The excitement will come when you have to squeeze the limit of the laps in qualifying and the races. It will be critical to really focus, nail your preparation and then go out and smash it – because if you don’t do that, you won’t reach the final.”

Laia Sanz, ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team driver, said: “I’ve got such a mixture of emotions. I’ve always been a fan of Carlos [Sainz – team-mate] since I was very young, so you can imagine how excited I was when he called me. He’s very professional and super competitive, so I’m sure I have the best teacher possible and can learn a lot from him.

“It won’t be easy up against all these champions and the other drivers all have much more experience than me on four wheels, which adds a bit of pressure. Coming from bikes, I have very little prior experience behind a steering wheel and no experience of electric technology, but I’ve been testing with Carlos which helped me to feel a bit more confident. I do feel a little bit at home here from my Dakar experience on the sand, but I have two more wheels to get to grips with so I definitely need time. This is a huge learning curve for me, and I have to adapt very quickly.”

Johan Kristoffersson, Rosberg X Racing driver, said: “We did a recce of the track yesterday; it looked spectacular and challenging then, and when I got out there with the race car today, it lived up to all of those expectations. It’s going to be very competitive with a lot of experienced teams, but Nico [Rosberg] has assembled a team with a bunch of winners and the guys have done a fantastic job with the car – everything was spot-on, which let me go out and do my thing on-track.

“The driving itself is quite different to what I’ve been used to overall. Some elements I can take from rallycross, some from rallying and some from circuit racing, so I think I can use bits and pieces from what I’ve done in the past. There’s so much that is new for everyone in the paddock so we have to try to adapt, and that will be the key to the championship this year. I think the team and drivers that adapt the fastest will have a good chance. Let’s see what we can do tomorrow when we finally go racing.”

Nico Rosberg, Rosberg X Racing Founder and CEO, said: “Since my F1 career ended, I’ve been focussed on sustainability and when Alejandro Agag called me and told me about Extreme E, for me it was the perfect match. To combine my passion for racing and sustainability in the same project is awesome. We’ve been out this week helping turtles and removing plastic from the beach, and of course that’s not big impact on its own but what we want to do is raise awareness of the problems the world is facing and show that we care.

“We are here to compete to win and I’m really happy to have Johan [Kristoffersson] and Molly [Taylor] on-board. I love how they work together and seeing that team collaboration. In my career, my team-mate was always my biggest enemy in the world, whereas here it’s all about helping each other. That’s a new dynamic in the team and it brings a lot of positivity, which both drivers really embrace.

“I will try the car myself at some point, but I want to show my respect and don’t want to make Johan look too slow, haha! Although yesterday when I saw that drop in the course, I thought I’m quite happy to be in the team boss role rather than in the car!”

Carlos Sainz, ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team driver, said: “I’m happy to be here and trying this new way of motorsport. It’s a great opportunity and I want to approach it a little bit more relaxed. It was really interesting to spend time with the scientists on the ship, helping us to better understand what is going on in the world with global warming, CO2 and the coral reefs. When somebody explains it to you with the clarity that they did, it’s clear we need to do something and the message that comes out from this championship needs to be strong.

“On the racing side, it has been a difficult day for me with not much time to discover the car [following a power steering pump failure], so we couldn’t learn much. That means I’ll go directly into qualifying tomorrow and I’m sure I will encounter some surprises on my first run, but I’ll push as much as I can. At the end of the day, it’s not just me – it’s a combination of both drivers. Laia [Sanz – team-mate] has done really well on two wheels and has a great approach. Her experience of driving a car is minimal, but I think she has great potential and can learn quickly. I will support her and try to teach her as much as I can.”

Sébastien Loeb, X44 driver, said: “Extreme E is a completely new universe for me in every aspect, from the electric side to teaming up with a female driver. It’s a new era for motorsport, and I’m happy to be a part of it from the start. I’m proud that the best F1 driver in the world today took me as a driver for his team and I will do my best to enjoy it and fight for podiums and wins.

“Today was about trying to get a feeling for the car and the track and generally gaining experience. The car worked well with no major problems. It’s very different here to the test at MotorLand Arágon last year, which was much twistier; here, we have fast sections and crests and it’s not easy to keep the car straight, but everything is going well so far.”

The competitive action gets underway tomorrow (Saturday, 3 April), with four qualifying time trial sessions from 09h00 local time. Sunday (4 April) is then reserved for the semi-finals and final, which will culminate in the crowing of Extreme E’s very first X Prix winner.

To learn more about Extreme E, visit - www.Extreme-E.com
21-03-29 Nu kan äventyret börja - Följande nio team startar i den första Extreme E-säsongen
Tre Formel 1-världsmästare deltar i tävlingen med egna team
Den första racingserien med en manlig och kvinnlig förare

Snart inleds den nya offroad-racingserien Extreme E där nio team ska tävla mot varandra med eldrivna SUV:ar på några av de mest avlägsna platserna i världen. Den sista annonserade föraren är den tidigare Formel 1-världsmästaren Jenson Button, som bildat teamet JBXE.

Nu har de nio teamens fordon och utrustning körts ombord på fartyget St. Helena för resan över Medelhavet till det inledande loppet i Saudiarabien. Alltifrån verktyg, de från Continental specialutvecklade däcken, TV- och radioutrustning samt en vätgasbränslecell för utsläppsfri laddning av fordonen finns också med ombord.

JBXE-teamet: Jenson Button och Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky
Jenson Button kommer själv att sitta bakom ratten på ODYSSEY 21 för JBXE-teamet. Vid sin sida har han Continentals testförare och ambassadör Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky som under de senaste åren framgångsrikt tävlat i Scirocco R-Cup i Tyskland och i rallycrossdisciplinen. 2015 deltog Mikaela i den nyetablerade Audi Sport TT Cup och startade sedan i juniorklassificeringen av ADAC GT Masters 2016 samt i Audi Sport Racing Academy 2017. Därefter, år 2018, skrev sedan Mikaela historia när hon blev den första kvinnliga föraren att vinna en tävling i serien Scandinavian Touring Car Championship (STCC).

Rosberg X Racing-teamet: Johan Kristoffersson och Molly Taylor
Nico Rosbergs Rosberg X Racing-team består av den trefaldige världsmästaren i rallycross Johan Kristoffersson från Sverige samt Molly Taylor, en 32-årig australienska som för närvarande är den enda kvinnan som har vunnit Australiens nationella rallymästerskap. Vid 28 års ålder var hon också den yngsta mästaren i Australian Rally Championships historia.

X44-teamet: Sébastien Loeb och Cristina Gutiérrez
Lewis Hamiltons X44-team består av Sébastien Loeb och Cristina Gutiérrez. Fransmannen Sébastien Loeb debuterade i rally-VM 1999 och har sammanlagt tagit nio VM-titlar, 79 VM-guld och samlat ihop mer än 1 600 VM-poäng vilket gör honom till den mest framgångsrika rallyföraren i historien. Cristina Gutiérrez har startat i alla Dakar-rallyn under de senaste fem åren och tagit sig i mål varje gång. 2017 avslutade hon sitt debutlopp på femte plats i rookieklassen och var också den första kvinnan från Spanien som avslutat ett Dakarrally i bilkategorin. 2021 blev hon den andra kvinnan i Dakarrallyts historia att vinna en etapp.

Veloce Racing-teamet: Stéphane Sarrazin och Jamie Chadwick
Stéphane Sarrazin och Jamie Chadwick kommer att starta för Veloce Racing-team som bildats av bland annat den nuvarande Formel E-mästaren Jean-Éric Vergne. Fransmannen är en mångsidig motorsportförare med erfarenhet som både Formel 1-testförare samt från GT-, rally- och sportbilstävlingar - han är också en av pionjärerna inom Formel E. Den brittiska racerföraren Jamie Chadwick är en utvecklingsförare för Williams i Formel 1. 2019 vann hon MRF Challenge Formula 2000 och är nuvarande innehavare av W Series-titeln.

Chip Ganassi Racing-teamet: Kyle LeDuc och Sara Price
Kyle LeDuc och Sara Price kör för teamet som är känt från IndyCar-serien och samarbetar med GMC HUMMER EV i Extreme E. Amerikanen Kyle LeDuc har stor erfarenhet från offroad och är nuvarande Pro-4-mästare och världsmästare (COR). Sedan 2008 har han vunnit sju Pro-4-mästerskap i Lucas Oil Offroad Racing Series (LOORRS), tagit totalt tre LOORRS Challenge Cup-vinster, två Pro-4 World Championships och har två gånger utsetts till LOORRS Driver of the Year. Han har också tävlat i flera Trophy Truck-lopp med stor framgång och 2016 vann han Baja 1000.
Sara Price är en nittonfaldig vinnare av US Motocross Championship och den första sponsrade kvinnan där – under varumärket Kawasaki. Hon har också vunnit medaljer i motocross vid X Games - den största extremsport-tävlingen i USA. Hon har även tävlat i Terracross Championship och US Super Truck Championship.

Andretti United Extreme E-teamet: Timmy Hansen och Catie Munnings
Andretti Autosport och det brittiska racingteamet United Autosport har gått samman och bildat ett gemensamt team för Extreme E. Då amerikanerna är Formel E-förare från början så har de stor erfarenhet av elmotorsport och kan också dra nytta av sin offroad-erfarenhet från American Rallycross Championship. United Autosport har nyligen tävlat i FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series och Michelin Le Mans Cup. Timmy Hansen och Catie Munnings delar plats i ODYSSEY 21 för Andretti United Extreme E. Catie Munnings är en brittisk rallyförare som 2016 vann FIA European Rally Championship Ladies Trophy. 2018 kom hon tvåa totalt med fyra säsongssegrar och år 2019 vann hon damklassen i Liepaja Rally. Svensken Timmy Hansen är regerande världsmästare i rallycross.

Hispano Suiza Xite Energi-teamet: Oliver Bennett och Christine Giampaoli Zonca
Hispano Suiza är en spansk biltillverkare. Lagets titelsponsor är den brittiska energidryckstillverkaren Xite Energy. Oliver Bennett och Christine Giampaoli Zonca kör för teamet. Den brittiske föraren Oliver Bennett debuterade i British Rallycross Championship 2016 och har tävlat i Rallycross World Championship (WRX) sedan 2017. Christina Giampaoli Zonca är en rallyförare med bakgrund från Italien samt Kanarieöarna som debuterade i rally-VM 2016 (WRC). Samma år vann hon damklassen i spanska Gravel Rally Championship. Hon har deltagit i offroad-tävlingar i USA och Mexiko sedan 2017. Förra året kom hon på tredje plats i T2-klassen i Andalucia Rally.
Acciona | Sainz XE-teamet: Carlos Sainz och Laia Sanz

Carlos Sainzs team-partner är det spanska företaget QEV Technologies - specialister inom elektrisk mobilitet. QEV har koppling till Formel E sedan slutet av 2014 genom dotterbolaget Campos Racing. Precis som Jenson Button så sätter sig Carlos Sainz, tvåfaldig rallyvärldsmästare, fyrfaldig VM-tvåa och fyrfaldig vinnare av Dakarrallyt, själv bakom ratten i Acciona | Sainz XE-teamet, som han varit med och grundat. Den spanske motorsportlegendaren kommer att köra tillsammans med Laia Sanz som har över 30 mästerskapstitlar i olika internationella trial-, enduro- och terrängtävlingar. Hon är femfaldig vinnare i enduro-VM för damer och tiofaldig vinnare av Dakarrallyt i damklassen.

ABT CUPRA XE-teamet: Mattias Ekström och Claudia Hürtgen
ABT Cupra XE är ytterligare ett tyskt lag i tävlingen. ABT Sportsline är ett av de mest framgångsrika tyska motorsportteamen med erfarenhet av Formel E och med segrar i Super Touring Car Cup, DTM och ADAC GT Masters - tre av de viktigaste tyska racingserierna de senaste åren. Mattias Ekström och Claudia Hürtgen är förarna för teamet där svenske Mattias sedan 17 år tillbaka kört för just ABT Sportsline i DTM. Han har vunnit förartiteln två gånger. Tillsammans med sitt eget EKS-team har han också framgångsrikt tävlat i rallycross-VM med en världsmästartitel från 2016. Sedan 2019 har han samarbetat med spanska CUPRA om deras elektriska framtid på tävlingsbanan. I likhet med Mattias Ekström har även Claudia Hürtgen många års erfarenhet från motorsporten. Med framgångar i olika touring- och sportbilsserier samt deltagande i flera långdistanslopp är tyskan en av Europas mest framgångsrika kvinnliga förare. Hürtgen startade nyligen i ADAC GT4 Germany och i 24-timmarsloppet på Nürburgring – för femtonde gången.

Översikt
Extreme E är först ut med jämställda team bakom ratten. Båda förarna kommer turas om att köra och de ackumulerade tiderna läggs sedan samman. Samtliga team har en identisk utrustning: SUV:en ODYSSEY 21 med 37-tums CrossContact Extreme E-däck. Däcken är utvecklade av Continental, speciellt framtagna för tävlingen för att kunna hantera 550 hk på ett säkert sätt - under alla de tuffa förhållanden som väntar.

Tävlingsstarten kommer att sändas live av ProSieben MAXX och Sky Deutschland.

Tävlingsdatum 2021
AlUla, Saudiarabien 3–4 april
Dakar, Senegal 29–30 maj
Kangerlussuaq, Grönland 28–29 augusti
Santarem, Brasilien 23–24 oktober
Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego 11–12 december


21-03-12 Continentals ambassadör och testförare Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky nu klar som förare i den nya racingserien Extreme E
Med bara 22 dagar kvar till starten på den nya offroad-racingserien Extreme E så avslöjar nu de sista lagen sina förare som kommer att ta professionell motorsport med el-SUV:ar till världens mest avlägsna platser. Jenson Buttons JBXE-team presenterade tidigare idag vem som ska tävla tillsammans med den förra världsmästaren i Formel 1 - nämligen svenska Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky. De senaste åren har Mikaela framgångsrikt tävlat i Scirocco R-Cup Tyskland och i rallycross-disciplinen. Redan 2015 deltog hon i den nyetablerade Audi Sport TT Cup. Hon startade sedan i juniorklassificeringen av ADAC GT Masters 2016 och i Audi Sport Racing Academy 2017, innan hon bytte till Scandinavian Touring Car Championship (STCC) 2018, där Mikaela skrev historia som den första och enda kvinnliga föraren att vinna en tävling i serien.

Som Continentals testförare och varumärkesambassadör har Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky redan spelat en nyckelroll i utvecklingen av CrossContact Extreme E-däck, som samtliga tävlingsfordon är utrustade med. Mikaela är både stolt och glad över att nu även få chansen att medverka i själva huvudtävlingen.
- Det gläder mig verkligen att gå med i JBXE-teamet tillsammans med Jenson Button, det känns som en dröm! Inte bara får jag tävla med en så fantastisk förare, vi båda tror verkligen på seriens plattform. Extreme E är mer än bara motorsport, det är en sport för ändamål som vi kan använda för att visa upp elektriska fordon och motivera människor att ompröva sina åsikter om konsekvenserna av klimatförändringen. Om vi kan göra denna tävlingsserie spännande, innovativ och intressant att följa så kommer viljan att göra både stora och små förändringar att växa - detta till förmån för hela vår värld, säger Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky.

Det som gör Extreme E så speciellt är tävlingens val av platser nära hotade livsmiljöer. Seriens avsikt här är att öka medvetenheten om klimatförändringar bland både motorsportfans över hela världen, samt bland politiker, lokala myndigheter och befolkning där ambitionen är att uppmuntra till ökade ansträngningar för att begränsa den globala uppvärmningen till 1,5 grader Celsius.

Som grundare och huvudsponsor för tävlingsserien är Continental väldigt glada över att se Mikaela nu ta en plats i startfältet.
- Då Mikaela var inblandad redan i teststadiet fick hon lära sig om däcken och fordonen före alla andra. Hon var riktigt positiv över serien från allra första början och insåg direkt att vi hade startat något som skulle kunna generera en positiv medvetenhet om klimatpåverkan. Och - hon är verkligen en fantastisk tävlingsförare, säger Sandra Roslan, ansvarig för Extreme E-projektet på Continental.

I tävlingarna, som kommer att sändas live över hela Europa, kommer samtliga team att starta med en identisk teknisk utrustning: en el-SUV med namnet ODYSSEY 21 utrustad med 37-tums CrossContact Extreme E racingdäck vilka har utvecklats speciellt för serien av Continental.

Översikt över alla tävlingsdatum för 2021
AlUla, Saudi Arabia 3-4 april
Dakar, Senegal 29-30 maj
Kangerlussuaq, Greenland 28-29 augusti
Santarem, Brazil 23-24 oktober
Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego 11-12 december
21-03-12 Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky joins JBXE
Extreme E’s latest addition to the teams line-up – JBXE - has today confirmed Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky will join Jenson Button, the team’s founder and driver, in the cockpit.

Åhlin-Kottulinsky is no stranger to Extreme E, as test driver for the championship’s Founding Partner, Continental. In that position she has played a pivotal role in developing the CrossContact Extreme E tyre, which is fitted to all the electric SUVs named ODYSSEY 21.

In recent years, the Swedish driver has successfully competed in the Scirocco R-Cup Germany and in the rallycross discipline. In 2015, she took part in the newly established Audi Sport TT Cup. She also started in the junior classification of the ADAC GT Masters in 2016 and in the Audi Sport Racing Academy in 2017, before switching to the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship in 2018, where she made history as the first, and only woman ever to win races in that series.

Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky, JBXE driver, said: “I am delighted to be joining the JBXE team alongside Jenson Button, it feels like a dream come true.
“Not only do I get to race with such a fantastic team mate, but we both really believe in the platform of the series. Extreme E is more than just another motorsport, it is a sport for purpose which we can use to showcase electric vehicles and motivate people to rethink their views on the consequences of climate change. If we can make this racing series exciting, innovative and interesting to follow, the willingness to make big and small changes will grow – for the benefit of our world and everyone on the planet.”

Jenson Button, Founder and driver, JBXE said: “I am delighted to be welcoming Mikaela to JBXE and to have her as my teammate. She brings with her some fantastic experience behind the wheel and her work with Continental and Extreme E to this point clearly demonstrate what an asset she will be to the team.

“In Mikaela I also have no doubt we have an incredibly valuable ambassador to represent JBXE, and Extreme E as a whole, in the fight to raise awareness of climate change and to help implement the Extreme E Legacy Programme projects along the way.”
Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Extreme E, said: “I am delighted to see Mikaela selected for the JBXE team and officially welcome her onboard the adventure as our latest Extreme E driver. Her work with Continental has been integral to helping create the championship tyre, and whilst she is the latest to join the party, I’m sure that her previous knowledge and her early experience in the car will help her get stuck in quickly.
“Mikaela and Jenson are certainly going to make a strong driver pairing and I can’t wait to see them racing in just 22 days at our first X Prix in Saudi Arabia.”

Mikaela’s signing to JBXE completes the Extreme E driver line up for the opening Season race, following confirmation that Team Techeetah is postponing its entry into the series.

The team, owned by the Indonesian Indover Group, has cited the COVID-19 pandemic the deciding factor in the decision, with global travel restrictions meaning they couldn’t get to Europe to test their car and drivers or make the necessary preparations required. Team Techeetah remains committed to competing in Extreme E in a later race and will update on its future competitor status in the coming weeks.

Åhlin-Kottulinsky joins a stellar line-up of drivers from a wide range of motorsport disciplines including the likes of Jamie Chadwick, Timmy Hansen, Sébastien Loeb, Carlos Sainz Snr. and Molly Taylor. All are set to compete on the deserts of AlUla in Saudi Arabia from 3 – 4 April, across what promises to be two days of thrilling racing in a format likened to ‘Star Wars pod racing meets Dakar.’

But Extreme E isn’t just about racing, it is a sport for purpose, and through sport the series is highlighting the varying environmental issues affecting the planet and the biggest emergency of our time - climate change. In addition to raising awareness, the series will also support Legacy Programmes in each of its five race locations leaving a long-lasting positive impact.

To learn more about Extreme E, visit - www.Extreme-E.com
21-03-04 One month until Extreme E series crowns its first ever race champion in Saudi Arabia
Extreme E’s first ever race is just one month away, and with ten teams ready to compete, fielding a legendary line-up of champion drivers, the series is gearing up for an epic opening weekend of action when it all kicks off in AlUla, Saudi Arabia, 3-4 April.

Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Extreme E, said: “Wow, just one month to go until Extreme E’s race weekend, and what a spectacular place to start our adventure.

“The St. Helena ship is on her way to Saudi Arabia, and it all feels very real. This momentous moment is the culmination of years of hard work and planning, and I know AlUla will capture our audience when they get to see this incredible place, such a special setting for our first race.”

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Sports Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal said: “Saudi Arabia is a country where motorsports is beyond a passion for millions of people. We are a motorsports obsessed nation, with a long and proud history of hosting some of the world’s most famous rallies, and of our own drivers participating internationally. We have been honoured by Extreme E choosing the dramatic natural landscape of AlUla to host its maiden race in April and we can’t wait to offer all of our support to ensure it goes down in history as an unforgettable new chapter for motor-racing.

“With the challenges and regulations around COVID-19, it is through the unwavering support of the Crown Prince that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is able to still host iconic sporting events like Extreme E at this time, as we continue as a nation to pursue the ambitions of the Saudi Vision 2030 quality of life programme.”

There are ten teams signed up for Season 1 including three owned by current and former Formula One World Champions, with Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Jenson Button founding X44, Rosberg X Racing and JBXE respectively. Joining those teams will be ABT CUPRA XE, ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team, Andretti United, Chip Ganassi Racing, Hispano Suiza Xite Energy Team, Team TECHEETAH and Veloce Racing.

The Extreme E driver line-up brings together champions from a variety of motorsport disciplines spanning single-seaters to rallying, rallycross, Dakar and sportscar racing: Mattias Ekström and Claudia Hürtgen (ABT CUPRA XE); Carlos Sainz and Laia Sanz (ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team); Timmy Hansen and Catie Munnings (Andretti United); Kyle LeDuc and Sara Price (Chip Ganassi Racing); Oliver Bennett and Christine Giampaoli (Hispano Suiza Xite Energy Team); Jenson Button (JBXE); Johan Kristoffersson and Molly Taylor (Rosberg X Racing); Stéphane Sarrazin and Jamie Chadwick (Veloce Racing); and Sébastien Loeb and Cristina Gutiérrez (X44).

Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al-Abdullah Al-Faisal, chairman of the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation (SAMF), said: “We’re only three months in but 2021 has already been a monumental year for motorsport in Saudi Arabia, with our second Dakar Saudi held in January and our third Formula E race weekend in February. Next, we combine what makes those two events so special – the unrivalled yet testing beauty of our vast desert landscape, and clean energy racing – in hosting Extreme E’s first ever event. It’s a challenge we are excited to rise to and a racing series that we are immensely proud to launch in the epic surroundings of Al Ula.”

Not only will Extreme E bring short, sharp wheel-to-wheel racing to a global audience through its more than 40 international broadcasters, it has a wider purpose – to highlight the climate emergency affecting everybody worldwide. Through motorsport, the series will showcase electric SUVs racing in some of the most remote corners of the planet that have all been damaged by climate change.

Each destination has been chosen with a different environmental issue in mind: the Desert X Prix in Saudi Arabia will highlight desertification, the Ocean X Prix in Senegal rising sea levels, the Arctic X Prix in Greenland the melting ice cap, the Amazon X Prix in Brazil deforestation and the Glacier X Prix in Patagonia glacial recession.

The vast goals of Saudi Vision 2030 have driven considerable investment by the Kingdom into hosting some of the world’s biggest sporting events. The ambition is to introduce millions of Saudis to sport and promote wider sporting activity nationwide to ensure a healthier, more active population.

Phillip Jones, Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) Destination Management and Marketing Officer, is looking forward to offering AlUla’s vast desert landscape for the inaugural Extreme E X Prix.

He said: “As a newly developing tourism destination, AlUla is uniquely positioned to get the foundations right from the outset. There are many initiatives underway in alignment with our 12 key strategic principles to develop a responsible tourism destination that focuses on safeguarding the natural and cultural landscape, sustaining eco-systems and wildlife and light-touch tourism experiences.

“Our intention is to future proof the destination for the enjoyment of future generations of visitors and residents and the Extreme E platform offers us a perfect opportunity to tell the world about our vision for AlUla. Not forgetting the great entertainment value of this exciting race.”

Members of Extreme E’s Scientific Committee have been working with the championship over the last two years to ensure the series leaves a long-lasting positive impact in each location through Legacy Programmes, which include planting one million mangroves in Senegal and reforesting 100 hectares of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. The Legacy Programme plans for Saudi Arabia will be revealed in the days leading up to the first race.

The Desert X Prix, AlUla, kicks off on Saturday 3 April with the qualification rounds, and the final plays out on Sunday 4 April. Extreme E X Prix races are not open to fans to attend in person, but qualifications will be shown live on the Extreme E website, with the Finals broadcast live on MBC in the Middle East.

To learn more about Extreme E, visit - www.Extreme-E.com
21-02-12 T-minus 50: First Extreme E race weekend approaching apace
2 February 2021, London: Extreme E’s first race weekend is just 50 days away, and with ten teams signed up, fielding a legendary line-up of champion drivers, the series is gearing up for an epic weekend of action in Saudi Arabia on 3-4 April.

Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Extreme E, said: “Wow, just 50 days to go until our first race weekend. I’m delighted and proud we have got to this point despite everything that has gone on in the last year. Our adventure now truly begins, with the St. Helena departing on her voyage in a matter of days. This is the culmination of a number of years of hard work, and I really can’t wait to see all the cars, drivers and scientists at our first event in Saudi Arabia.”

There are ten teams signed up for Season 1 including three owned by current and former Formula One World Champions, with Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Jenson Button founding X44, Rosberg Xtreme Racing and JBXE respectively. Joining those teams will be ABT CUPRA XE, ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team, Andretti United, Chip Ganassi Racing, Hispano Suiza Xite Energy Team, Team TECHEETAH and Veloce Racing.

The Extreme E driver line-up brings together champions from a variety of motorsport disciplines spanning single-seaters to rallying, rallycross, Dakar and sportscar racing: Mattias Ekström and Claudia Hürtgen (ABT CUPRA XE); Carlos Sainz and Laia Sanz (ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team); Timmy Hansen and Catie Munnings (Andretti United); Kyle LeDuc and Sara Price (Chip Ganassi Racing); Oliver Bennett and Christine Giampaoli (Hispano Suiza Xite Energy Team); Jenson Button (JBXE); Johan Kristoffersson and Molly Taylor (Rosberg Xtreme Racing); Stéphane Sarrazin and Jamie Chadwick (Veloce Racing); and Sébastien Loeb and Cristina Gutiérrez (X44); with three driver spots still up for grabs.

It is safe to say they are all extremely eager to go racing.

Jamie Chadwick, Driver, Veloce Racing said: “It’s incredibly exciting with just 50 days to go. I’m training hard everyday and getting myself in the best condition possible come race day. Speaking with Stéphane [Sarrazin] it’s clear we are both fully prepared mentally and physically to kick off the series in Saudi Arabia and give it our all. We’re both so excited to race in this part of the world, not only to experience its beauty and terrain but also to raise awareness of the impact of climate change in the region.”

Johan Kristoffersson, Driver, Rosberg Xtreme Racing added: “I'm not sure where all the time has gone! But, it is super exciting to be 50 days away from the start of the Extreme E season in Saudi Arabia. All the team at Rosberg Xtreme Racing have worked so hard with me and Molly [Taylor] to prepare for the first race and we can't wait to get started.”

Not only will Extreme E bring short, sharp wheel-to-wheel racing to a global audience through its more than 40 international broadcasters, it has a wider purpose – to highlight the climate emergency affecting everybody worldwide. Through motorsport, the series will showcase electric SUVs racing in some of the most remote corners of the planet that have all been damaged by climate change.

Each destination has been chosen with a different environmental issue in mind: the Desert X Prix in Saudi Arabia will highlight desertification, the Ocean X Prix in Senegal rising sea levels, the Arctic X Prix in Greenland the melting ice cap, the Amazon X Prix in Brazil deforestation and the Glacier X Prix in Patagonia glacial recession.

Members of Extreme E’s Scientific Committee have been working with the championship over the last two years to ensure the series selects locations all affected by climate change and leaves a long-lasting positive impact through Legacy Programmes, which include planting one million mangroves in Senegal and reforesting 100 hectares of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil.

The next key milestone is the imminent departure of the series’ floating centrepiece, the St. Helena, which will carry the championship’s cargo and will set sail from Liverpool, UK, in a few days for its maiden Extreme E voyage to Saudi Arabia.

To learn more about Extreme E, visit - www.Extreme-E.com
21-01-25 Extreme E confirms Jenson Button as team owner and driver
Extreme E today welcomes its third Formula One World Champion to the series in the shape of Jenson Button, who will not only own a team – JBXE – but will also be one of the team’s two drivers.

Arguably Button’s biggest move since leaving Formula One in 2017, his entry to Extreme E signifies his latest venture in the world of motorsport. Over the past three years, the Briton has successfully tried his hand at many other disciplines and championships including the FIA World Endurance Championship, the Le Mans 24 Hours, British GT and Super GT, which he won with Team Kunimitsu in 2018.

While much of his racing career has been spent on the smooth asphalt of the race track, Button has always had a passion for off-road racing. His late father, John Button, was a leading rallycross driver in the 1970s and ‘80s, claiming the runner-up spot in both the British Rallycross Championship and Lydden Hill Rallycross Championship in 1976.

Always a driver looking to explore different racing challenges, Button first experienced off-road racing himself in 2019 while contesting the Baja 1000, one of the most gruelling races of all time, where competitors take on the Baja California Peninsula and its tough terrain and extreme heat.

Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Extreme E said: “I’m thrilled to welcome another major name in the world of motorsport in Jenson Button. He is one of the most popular drivers in the business and Extreme E will give him the opportunity to live out one of his long-held passions, to compete at the highest level in off-road racing.

“Jenson, alongside his peers, will give further weight to our mission to raise awareness of the global climate crisis, while doing what we love – racing. It’s going to be fantastic to see the biggest names in motorsport on the starting line in Saudi Arabia in April – it is set to be an incredible form of entertainment, but with a strong and purposeful message around our planet.”

Extreme E, starting April 2021, will see electric SUVs competing in extreme environments around the world which have already been damaged or affected by climate and environmental issues. The five-race global voyage highlights the impact of climate change and human interference in some of the world’s most remote locations and promotes the adoption of electric vehicles in the quest for a lower carbon future for the planet.

Jenson Button, Founder of JBXE, said: "JBXE has been a long time coming and I'm both delighted and proud to announce its formation and entry into the inaugural Extreme E Championship. I caught the off-road bug a few years back which led to me entering my own team in a few races including the Mint 400 and even the Baja 1000 and I absolutely loved it! It was around the same time I first heard about the plans for Extreme E which I've followed with great interest and what Alejandro Agag, Ali Russell and the team have managed to create is nothing short of incredible, and thanks to them and our partners Apater Capital and Pipt we get to be a part of it.

“In Extreme E they've created a product that will offer first class racing and entertainment to the fans, but also serves to highlight the impact of climate change. Whilst we will of course compete to win on track, as a collective we will also work to maximise awareness whilst racing in places that have been damaged or affected by climate change over the years. Alongside the awareness piece, Extreme E themselves are committing legacy initiatives at each destination which help protect already damaged ecosystems impacted by climate change.

“On track I’m delighted to say there are some world class opponents to go wheel-to-wheel with and Extreme E is a world-first which sees true equality with male and female drivers both as teammates and as opponents out on track.

“On that note I still have the exciting task of appointing and announcing my co-driver which will take place in the coming weeks and then all focus will turn to the opening race in Saudi Arabia."

Extreme E is now home to ten World Champions, including Button’s fellow Formula One World Champion team owners Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, and in its drivers Extreme E has three World Rallycross Champions (Johan Kristoffersson, Timmy Hansen and Mattias Ekström), two World Rally Champions (Sébastien Loeb and Carlos Sainz), a Women’s Trial World Champion (Laia Sanz) and a Pro-4 World Champion (Kyle LeDuc) - they collectively hold over 40 World Championship titles. In addition to this list, Jamie Chadwick is the reigning W Series Champion, and Molly Taylor is a former Australian Rally Champion.

JBXE is the tenth team in Extreme E, joining Chip Ganassi Racing and Andretti United (USA), ABT CUPRA XE and Rosberg Xtreme Racing (Germany), Team TECHEETAH (Indonesia), Hispano Suiza Xite Energy Team and ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team (Spain), and fellow British teams Veloce Racing, and X44 (UK).

Extreme E’s first Season kicks-off in Saudi Arabia from April 3-4, 2021.

To learn more about Extreme E, visit - www.Extreme-E.com


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