Formula E and iPace eTrophy News


The I-PACE eTrophy series returns for a compacted season

Lockdown showdown: Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Series to get back on track in Berlin in August

• Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY – the world’s first all-electric touring car race series returns to the streets of Berlin on 5 August 2020 •

The German city will see seven eTROPHY races take place throughout a nine-day period including the finale on 13 August where the season two champions will be crowned

• Brazilian Sérgio Jimenez is currently leading the series

• Super Sunday – 9 August will feature two eTROPHY races including a ‘Reverse Grid’ round 8 race

• Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY races will be streamed live and free on youtube.com/jaguarcars direct to smart TVs

Pretoria, 19 June 2020 – Jaguar Racing has confirmed that the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series will conclude its second season in Germany with seven rounds in nine days.

Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport will play host to seven races around the giant high-grip concrete circuit following a pause in racing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY – the world’s first all-electric touring car race series will run a combination of practice, qualifying and races over a nine-day period to ensure all competitors get the chance to continue their head-to-head battle.

‘Super Sunday’ 9 August will see a special ‘Reverse Grid’ race which will be decided based on the average finishing position of the previous four Berlin races.

Mark Turner, Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Series Manager, said: “The whole team is delighted to get the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY back on track in Germany. Having paused the season since Mexico City in February our entrants and series partners are extremely excited to watch some close all-electric racing once again in Berlin. We as a team are working closely with the FIA and Formula E to ensure we remain aware and compliant of the ever changing COVID-19 situation. We would like to thank the many people involved in trying to find a workable solution at this challenging time for sport and in particular the Formula E organisers.”

Sérgio Jimenez, ZEG iCarros Jaguar Brazil driver, currently leading the series, said: “I can’t wait to get back out in the I-PACE eTROPHY in Berlin and defend my title! With so many cancelled and postponed sports at this time I am thrilled to be able to get back to the track. It’s been hard having no live racing in our lives over the last few months and I think I can speak for all my fellow entrants that we are ready to give 100 per cent in Berlin and provide a spectacle in front of a live TV audience.”

The remaining races will see the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY continue to capitalise on its ‘Race to Innovate’ mission; using learnings and experience on the track, and in conjunction with Jaguar Racing’s Formula E team, for the benefit of our customers current and future in securing valuable and transferrable learnings to its production cars.

One key benefit already derived from the I-PACE eTROPHY was a complimentary software update for all existing I-PACE owners that delivered up to 20km of additional real-world range on a full charge. The update, available from December 2019 and standard on all new I-PACEs since then, uses race-derived enhancements to optimise battery management, thermal systems and all-wheel drive torque delivery to increase range.

The VIP drivers who will join the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series in Berlin will be announced shortly.

Berlin – Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Calendar *

Round 4 Wednesday 5 August

Round 5 Thursday 6 August Round 6 Saturday 8 August

Rounds 7 & 8 ‘Super Sunday’ 9 August – 2 races including a ‘Reverse Grid’ race

Round 9 Wednesday 12 August

Round 10 Thursday 13 August

* Subject to confirmation from FIA and Formula E.

ENDS

About Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY

After becoming the first premium manufacturer to enter the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in 2016, Jaguar created the world’s first all-electric touring car race series for a production car – the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY.

Exclusively featuring Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY racecars, the all-electric series gives drivers of the future and established racers a chance to showcase their talent, competing on the world stage in zero-emissions motorsport. After making history in the inaugural season, the groundbreaking series will see up to 20 identical Jaguar I-PACE battery electric racecars on the grid in 10 races, across eight global cities.

New for season two is the introduction of ATTACK MODE providing an extra 20 percent in torque and power for a specified duration (defined at each race) providing increased race strategy and additional overtaking opportunities.

The series supports the launch of the Jaguar I-PACE, Jaguar’s first battery electric vehicle, and reinforces Jaguar Land Rover’s future electrification strategy, commitment to electric street racing and the team’s mission of ‘Fearless Progress’.

Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY partners include official tyre supplier Michelin, official charging partner ABB, technical partner Sabelt, official clothing supplier One All Sports, official racewear supplier Alpine Stars and official logistics partner DHL.


Simola Hillclimb postponed to 2021

KNYSNA, South Africa, 10 June 2020 – Due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic the 2020 Simola Hillclimb has been postponed to 6-9 May 2021.

The Hillclimb, held in Knysna over the past decade, has become South Africa’s premier motorsport lifestyle event with approximately 17 000 people from around the globe attending, and over 250 000 livestream views over the weekend.

“It is with a great deal of sadness that we have been forced to make this decision,” said the organiser, Knysna Speed Festival. “It was our intention to run the event in September this year, and we had put plans in place to do so, but it has become apparent in our ongoing discussions with all role players that it will not be possible to host the event during that time. “As things stand there is no certainty as to what the situation will be in September but all indications are that mass gatherings will still not be allowed by then.

Our local authorities have informed us that they expect the effects of the virus to remain significant in September, and they therefore cannot support the event taking place. The uncertainty also impacts our international competitors and visitors who may not be allowed to travel, sponsor partners who would not be able to host staff and guests if the health risk is high or if leisure travel is still banned, and the Simola Hotel which is unsure if it will be allowed to open by then.

“With so much uncertainty, combined with the real health risks that visitors to the event could still be exposed to, there is unfortunately no other option but to postpone the event to 2021. The health of our employees, sponsor staff, competitors and their support crew, spectators, suppliers and the Knysna residents is the most important issue to consider at this time. “We would like to thank our sponsor partners for their understanding and support with the situation we are faced with, and look forward to working with them to host a successful 2021 event,” added the organiser.

This unfortunate, very difficult situation forced on the Simola Hillclimb by COVID-19 has severe implications for so many people associated with the event. The knock-on effect for those that rely on the event – and the other events that have been cancelled – as a source of income is vast. From our suppliers and vendors, to our permanent and temporary staff, the charity organisations that we support (and the beneficiaries that they support), as well as the town’s businesses, accommodation establishments and tourist activities will all feel the blow, and for some of them they may not survive this crisis. We send them all our best wishes as they navigate these difficult times.

Our town survives on tourism, therefore events such as the Oyster Festival and Knysna Motor Show (both of which were cancelled) are going to be more important than ever to the town in its efforts to bounce back from the pandemic. With the Simola Hillclimb being integral to this, we look forward to being able to host the event in 2021 and helping the town to recover from the impact of COVID-19.

For more information on the event visit: www.simolahillclimb.com or email info@speedfestival.co.za


Stoffel Vandoorne wins Race at Home Challenge as Oliver Rowland seals victory in Berlin

Formula-e official site, 07 Jun 20

Mercedes-Benz EQ driver Stoffel Vandoorne secured overall Race at Home Challenge honours with second spot in the Grand Final, following Oliver Rowland home, while pre-race standings leader Pascal Wehrlein tumbled out of the running after contact.

In qualifying, Sebastien Buemi’s early-session benchmark was pipped by Nissan e.dams team-mate Oliver Rowland, who flew to the Julius Baer Pole Position – a first for the on-form Yorkshireman in the ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge in support of UNICEF.

With the clock ticking, Mercedes-Benz EQ driver Stoffel Vandoorne stole a march on his rivals by slotting into a provisional second position on the grid, as BMW i Andretti Motorsport’s Maximilian Guenther rounded in third.

Mahindra Racing’s Wehrlein, however, gazumped the duo chasing his standings lead by edging both with a last-gasp flier to line-up alongside Rowland’s Nissan in second spot.

The scene was set for the race and just 0.003 seconds separating the German and Vandoorne, who, heading into the Grand Final, had a 14-point advantage over the Belgian. With double points on offer in the finale, there was plenty of scope for that to change.

Rowland strode away from the line cleanly at the Tempelhof Airport circuit, as did Vandoorne, who immediately looked up the inside of his title rival Wehrlein into turn one.

The German defended the apex robustly but disaster struck when contact sent him tumbling down the field as far as 21st position. The Mahindra Racing man was nudged by Vandoorne - the Belgian looking to have received a push from Buemi, who in turn was tagged as the pack struggled to make its way through a real pinch point.

Rowland's race was untroubled from then on in, with Vandoorne content knowing that holding station in second would be more than enough for the crown with Wehrlein forced into a fightback - scrabbling back to 12th come lap four having outjostled double Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah) in quick time.

By lap 10, Wehrlein's progress had halted behind a gaggle of cars fighting amongst themselves on the cusp of the top ten. Whatever he could now muster would not be enough with Vandoorne comfortable and content in second, behind Rowland.

The Brit looked equally at ease on the way to doubling his win count in both the Race at Home Challenge, and around the virtual Tempelhof Airport circuit.

BMW’s Guenther steered clear of drama to round out the podium and third overall in the standings. ROKiT Venturi Racing’s Edoardo Mortara notched a third fourth place finish of the series, with Buemi following in fifth and Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s James Calado sixth.

Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-Benz EQ) took the chequered flag in seventh while Mortara's team-mate Felipe Massa battled to eighth, edging Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler's Kelvin van der Linde and TAG Heuer Porsche man Andre Lotterer - who completed the top ten.

Vandoorne sealed top-spot in the table by a 24-point margin in the end. His and team-mate de Vries’ efforts handed the crown to Mercedes-Benz EQ in the Teams’ running, ahead of Nissan e.dams and Mahindra Racing who wound up second and third, respectively.

“I’m really happy to win this. It’s been tough, tricky day," said Vandoorne. "The start was really chaotic. I got alongside Pascal (Wehrlein) after a really good start but into turn two I got a bump from behind which sent him into a spin.

"It would have been nice to have a proper fight on track but I’ve been unlucky in a couiple of races and it’s a well-deserved series win for us.”

“It’s just been practice and a case of getting used to the sim and finding the right settings," said Rowland. "I didn’t have a rig before Race at Home and a lot of these guys are very high-level, so it’s been hard work but finally we’ve started to get there and it’s been enjoyable as well."

Next chart: The numbers

Final race result and standings


Stoffel Vandoorne serene out front, sealing NYC victory and Race at Home standings lead

FIA Formula-e official site: 30 May 20

Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team’s Stoffel Vandoorne broke his duck in the ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge in Support of UNICEF, converting pole position at the fourth time of asking with a cool, calm and collected win in Round 6 from New York.

The Belgian stormed to the Julius Baer Pole Position in qualifying; late in the session as part of the fourth group of runners. Pascal Wehrlein was a tenth-of-a-second back and fellow title rival Maximillian Guenther placed his BMW i Andretti Motorsport machine third. A five-place grid penalty for Mahindra’s Wehrlein, however, saw him line up in seventh for the race around Red Hook.

Vandoorne got the jump as the lights went out, which proved to be key given what would happen immediately behind the 28-year-old in the Turn 1 melee. A coming-together between Neel Jani (TAG Heuer Porsche), Antonio Felix da Costa (DS Techeetah) and Guenther left the latter spilling down the order to 21st and his championship charge compromised.

Jani emerged second, with Oliver Rowland (Nissan e.dams) picking his way through into third as he looked to build on a maiden Race at Home win last time out in Berlin. Wehrlein, meanwhile, steeled to slice his way into fourth by lap two.

Vandoorne looked hooked up and made no mistake as he strung out five seconds on the trio behind.

Midway through the race, Jean-Eric Vergne in the DS Techeetah found himself in strife after getting greedy with the kerbs – clouting a wall with his front-left wheel. A half spin from the Frenchman followed, with Alexander Sims (BMW i Andretti Motorsport) and Brendon Hartley (Geox Dragon) able to fly by.

A battle for fifth ensued between Da Costa and the Panasonic Jaguar Racing pair of Mitch Evans and James Calado, with the Portuguese pulling out all the stops to keep them at bay – successfully. This squabble allowed the front four to pull further clear of the field.

Stoffel remained serene at the head of the pack, but come lap 10 of 15, Rowland and Wehrlein had caught Jani’s Porsche. The pressure told within a couple of laps, and Wehrlein capitalised on the opportunity to sneak by Rowland for second place in the same breath – getting the jump on the Brit before employing a robust defence to the finish.

Vandoorne took the chequered flag to seal victory around the Brooklyn docklands, with Wehrlein able to sneak home second – a good return following that pre-race grid penalty.

Jani briefly battled back to give Rowland something to think about but couldn’t find a way beyond the Yorkshireman, whose results now seem to be matching his earlier pace and promise in the competition.

The Swiss driver unfortunately span at the last, allowing Da Costa to take fourth, with Jani winding up fifth, and Evans rounding out the top six.

“It’s taken a little while before getting there but today was a perfect result with the race win, pole and fastest lap,” said Vandoorne, whose victory was lights-to-flag. “It’s been coming but today we were fast without any issues and it was 99 per-cent done from there.”

Vandoorne leapfrogs Wehrlein in the points table and takes a single-point lead into next weekend’s double-header Grand Final. His result also helps Mercedes-Benz EQ to the top of the Teams’ tally.

Wehrlein’s damage limitation drive ensures he is still firmly in the mix, though Guenther’s strife means he is now 32 points adrift of the new standings leader.


Rowland keeps Vandoorne at bay to take victory at Tempelhof

ABB Formula-E official site, 23 May 2020

Nissan e.dams’ Oliver Rowland broke the streak of German winners to secure a debut victory in the ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge in a dramatic fifth round on the Tempelhof track in Berlin.

With the Race at Home Challenge being dominated to date by German duo Maximilian Guenther and Pascal Wehrlein, the British driver spoiled the party to become the first non-German winner of the competition, in his rivals’ own backyard.

Rowland triumphed in the second round of the BRDC Esports Championship at Monza earlier this week and made it two online race wins in a sensational few days for the 27-year-old.

Mercedes-Benz EQ’s Stoffel Vandoorne started on Julius Baer Pole Position for the third time in the competition, but lost the lead to Rowland, with the Nissan e.dams driver holding off a late challenge from second-placed Vandoorne.

Championship leader Pascal Wehrlein (Mahindra Racing) finished in fourth, while winner of the first two races Maximilian Guenther (BMW i Andretti Motorsport) crashed out to finish eighth, a hammer blow in the 22-year-old’s title challenge.

There was chaos at the first corner as several drivers crashed out, with a leading trio running away from the pack to contest for the lead.

Oliver Rowland, Nissan e.dams driver, said: “After the last few weeks I have been unfortunate, so I was keen to just stay out of trouble. I knew that Stoffel was fast so I didn’t really want to fight him, so when they started fighting together I just took the opportunity when it came!

"I was worried because Stoffel was so fast, I had to be really perfect and then in those last few laps I was so nervous, so I was just trying to hold it together. After last week I was a bit disappointed, I had put a lot of practice in and then the first corner was taken away from me, so this week I thought I would just do it as I go and it seemed to work. I think the pace has been pretty good the last three rounds, I just haven’t put it all together.”

Stoffel Vandoorne, Mercedes-Benz EQ driver, said:"A mixed bag with this race, for a couple of reasons. The pace was very good again. Julius Baer pole position number three, so picking up a couple of points for that. I had a fairly good start, getting into the lead but losing it through some aggressive fighting with car number 66. In the closing stages, I managed to catch up to the back of Oliver Rowland with two laps to go but there was not real opportunity to get past him cleanly. So, another P2 and a fastest lap as well makes this an overall good performance. Victory feels around the corner, I need to keep it clean in these races and finish off the job. On to the next one!"

The provisional results see Wehrlein remain top of the driver standings on 82 points, however the German’s lead has been cut to just four points, with Vandoorne taking second place on 78 points with Guenther in third on 71 points.

After the results chart: Cheating scandal hits Tempelhof

Results and Standings after Round Five

Daniel Abt: Bad Lad of Virtual-E

Formula E Driver Disqualified After Cheating in Virtual Race

By Jordan Moreau, Variety, on May 24 2020

Formula E driver Daniel Abt was disqualified after finishing third in a virtual race after it turned out he had been cheating by using a stand-in driver.

Like most sports, Formula E events had been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the organization turned to virtual races using some of its drivers. Saturday’s Formula E “Race At Home Challenge” supported UNICEF and brought in drivers from around the world for the cause.

Abt initially finished third, but second-place winner Stoffel Vandoorne accused him of not actually being the one taking part in the match, according to The Race.

“Really not happy here because that was not Daniel driving the car himself, and he messed up everything. Really ridiculous,” Vandoorne said on his Twitch stream after the race.

Abt’s face on his Zoom feed was obscured by equipment and he didn’t do any post-race interviews.

The Race reports that the Formula E organizers cross-referenced IP addresses and found that Abt was not behind the wheel of his racing simulator cockpit during the match. Professional simulation racer Lorenz Hoerzing took his place during the match, and Formula E banned Hoerzing from the “At Home Challenge.”

Formula E required Abt to make a “compulsory donation” of €10,000 to a charity, and he issued an apology Sunday morning.

“I would like to apologise to Formula E, all of the fans, my team and my fellow drivers for having called in outside help during the race on Saturday. I didn’t take it as seriously as I should have. I’m especially sorry about this, because I know how much work has gone into this project on the part of the Formula E organization,” Abt said. “I am aware that my offence has a bitter aftertaste, but it was never meant with any bad intention. Of course, I accept the disqualification from the race. In addition, I will donate 10,000 euros to a charitable project.”


Mahindra's Wehrlein victorious on Hong Kong's virtual Harbourfront

FIA Formula-e Official site, 16 May 2020

Wehrlein claims another victory on the virtual streets of Hong Kong, catapulting him into the championship lead, while Mercedes-Benz EQ's Stoffel Vandoorne claims second and Panasonic Jaguar Racing's James Calado rounds off the podium in third.

Another chaotic start on the virtual streets of Hong Kong saw Poleman Edoardo Mortara (Rokit Venturi Racing) make it through Turn 1 unscathed, while Mahindra Racing's Pascal Wehrlein in second was spun into oncoming traffic.

Also caught in the chaos, BMW i Andretti Motorsport's Max Guenther lost his third place, plummeting down the order to 13th after a time penalty for a jump start.

On the inside during the madness, Panasonic Jaguar Racing's James Calado slipped briefly into second before Wehrlein and Vandoorne advanced, moving into second and third.

Clipping the wall on lap five, race leader Edoardo Mortara lost his advantage, slipping into fifth with a heavily damaged car. Taking the lead was Wehrlein, who led Vandoorne, and Calado in third.

Despite winning the first two rounds, Guenther failed to make it up from 19th after the time penalty and another smash left him stranded at the back of the pack. Facing imminent elimination, the championship favourite failed to make it to the end of the race with four laps to go.

Still in the lead, Wehrlein continued to stay ahead of Vandoorne and Jaguar's Calado. Looking for his first podium in the ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge in support of UNICEF, Mercedes-Benz EQ driver Nyck de Vries was closing in on Calado in third.

With one lap to go, Wehrlein crossed the line in first, four seconds clear of Vandoorne in second, boosting him to the top of the championship standings. Rounding off the podium was Panasonic Jaguar Racing's James Calado, who claimed his first podium of the competition.

Now five points clear of Guenther, Wehrlein heads into round five as the new leader of the ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge.


Mitch Evans: Computer games are harder than real life

We talk e-sports vs. a pro racing simulator with Jaguar’s Mitch Evans

Which is harder, a million-dollar sim or a game like iRacing? The answer might surprise.

Jonathan M. Gitlin, ArsTechnica, on 5/12/2020

Until COVID-19 turned up and ruined things, Formula E's sixth season was going pretty well for Jaguar Racing and driver Mitch Evans. Because the series started its season in November, there were already five races in the books by the time the real-world action had to be suspended.

When it's safe to start up again, Evans will do so from second place in the championship, in part thanks to a win in Mexico in mid-February. More recently, he's been stuck at home, like many of the rest of us. And the last few weeks have involved learning a whole new set of skills as Formula E has temporarily decamped to the world of rFactor 2 to keep fans entertained until the real cars are safe to dust off again.

Unlike some of his contemporaries, the switch to e-sports wasn't something Evans has been training for this whole time. "I've not being a huge gamer before, so this is new territory, and it's taken me a long time to get used to it," Evans told me. In fact, he didn't even have a gaming rig at home until Formula E supplied all its drivers with identical Playseat rigs, gaming PCs, and Fanatec wheels and pedals.

That's meant quite the learning curve. "There's a lot of guys out there that are really quite experienced in that field, and honestly, they are extremely fast on it. So a lot of it is obviously trying to work out how the game works and the physics around it to try and get around certain things which wouldn't really correlate into reality," he explained.

Not that he's not enjoying the experience. But for those thinking that a racing driver's experience in a very expensive "driver in the loop" simulator would translate to success at a consumer-grade platform like iRacing or rFactor 2, think again.

"Our sim at the factory is run by multiple people; it's quite high-maintenance but also very, very bespoke for the Jaguar racing car. It's actually very close to a real race car in terms of the way it operates" he told Ars. "For the Jaguar racing sim, the ECUs and the way that the sim is operating is literally identical to the race car. So the steering wheel setup, every switch change, does the same thing compared to reality. The behavior of the car is meant to be the same as reality—obviously, there are going to be some differences, but we try to get every little piece as close as possible," he explained.

"It's quite fascinating how similar the Jaguar Racing sim is compared to the real car," Evans said. "They basically crunch our whole powertrain into numbers and convert that into code to put into the sim. So the same ECU, it's got the same inverter, the same electric motor, all the dimensions of our electric motor, so honestly, it's crazy how close it is. And our tire model, we've spent days and days and days on it to try and get it close. And to be honest, once we correlate reality to the sim world, it's within a few tenths [of a second per lap]."

Computer games are harder than real life

Some might find this surprising, but Evans says that his team's DIL simulator is actually much more forgiving than games like iRacing. "I find you've got to be extremely precise [in the game]—we all know in reality you have to be precise as well, but I feel like that level is a little bit too unrealistic. And it comes down to—you need better pedals, better steering force feedback to feel those limits of the front tire washing out, the front brake locking up," he elaborated.

Another big difference is the amount of technical work required. When he visits the team's factory in the week or two before a Formula E race, it's as one part of a larger team. "The way that we deal [simulator] sessions is like a real test day. So for me, I go in and jump in the seat, we've got a run plan and everything," Evans said. That means Jaguar Racing's motorsport engineers are there to do all the back-end stuff. "So, I'm not really hands-on as much from a technical operating point of view, since I'm not good with technology at all," he said.

Not that there's much fettling allowed in Formula E's Race at Home challenge. Like most of the e-sports series set up in recent weeks, it features locked-down car setups as a way to equalise performance.

"We can't tweak anything apart from like brake bias, which is quite limiting. And to be honest, the car is quite far away [from the real car in terms of how it handles], so there's not much I could get help with. It's down to me to create the magic, which at the moment is not really happening," he admitted.

Hopefully for Evans, and the rest of the series, normal service can resume again soon.


Wehrlein leads from lights to flag despite madness in Monaco

From fiaformulae.com on 09 May 20

Mahindra Racing's Pascal Wehrlein knocks BMW i Andretti Motorsport's Max Guenther off the top spot after a lights to flag victory in Monaco. Behind the race winner was Mercedes-Benz EQ's Stoffel Vandoorne in second and Max Guenther in third.

Sitting in Pole, Mahindra Racing's Pascal Wehrlein led the way on the historic Monaco street circuit. Close behind, Mercedes-Benz EQ's Stoffel Vandoorne was tagged going through Turn 1 by home team Rokit Venturi Racing's Edoardo Mortara, while BMW i Andretti Motorsport's Max Guenther managed to slip past from fifth into second place.

Behind Guenther, Mortara was caught in the chaos than unfolded as the field piled up coming through Turn 1, disrupting the running order further down the pack. In third, Guenther sat three seconds behind Wehrlein in the lead after four laps.

Down in 20th place, Envision Virgin Racing's Sam Bird received a 10 second penalty for his involvement in the earlier disruption, meaning the British driver faced imminent elimination.

Battling to climb up the running, home race hero Felipe Massa (Rokit Venturi Racing) advanced on BMW i Andretti Motorsport's Alex Sims in 14th. Failing to pass, the Monaco resident - who claimed his first podium in the principality last year - sat tight in 15th.

Despite winning the last two rounds, Guenther remained in third behind Vandoorne and Wehrlein in the lead with two laps to go. Still over three seconds ahead, Poleman and championship hopeful Wehrlein looked set to seal his first win of the ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge in support of UNICEF.

With the fastest lap of the race in hand, Wehrlein went through the final corner in first - winning the race from lights to flag. Behind the Mahindra driver was Vandoorne and Guenther in third. With the third round down and out, 12 drivers failed to make it to the finish line.

"The start was very important...after that I had a small gap and I just kept the pace. For me, it was quite an easy race," admitted our new race winner moments after claiming his first win of the Race at Home Challenge.

And some background:

Wehrlein not "surprised" with his speed in the Race at Home Challenge

All the talk of the ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge in support of UNICEF has been about Maximilian Guenther's winning streak and "king of Qualifying" Stoffel Vandoorne, but Pascal Wehrlein is quietly and confidently waiting in the wings.

Mahindra Racing's Wehrlein was absent from the test round of the ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge, having not been ready with a simulator at his home in Switzerland.

The German was an unknown for the first round on the virtual streets of Hong Kong, but Qualifying saw him start alongside pole-sitter Vandoorne (Mercedes-Benz EQ) on the front row and then a third-place finish in his debut sim race meant the Mahindra man was now one to watch.

"I wasn't that surprised as I spend so much of my time in the simulator, not only at Mahindra Racing but also in my role at Ferrari so expected to be fast in a virtual race," said Wehrlein on his speed ahead of the third round of the Race at Home Challenge.

He added: "I got my simulator quite late – on the Tuesday before the first race - so I didn’t have much time to get used to it and get it set up, so I probably spent about five hours practicing before the race."

The next round was at the fast and flowing Electric Docks circuit. Wehrlein was chasing his compatriot Guenther (BMW i Andretti Motorsport) for the win until a collision at the chicane dropped him down the field. It was still another impressive performance, as he ended the race with the TAG Heuer Fastest Lap.

With the Race at Home Challenge now returning to Monaco for the third round, Wehrlein still remains in contention, sitting in third place in the standings and 10 points behind Race at Home Challenge leader Guenther.

Drivers and their dogs have been the stars of the Race at Home Challenge and Wehrlein has also been getting some support from a four-legged friend in the virtual races.

"She's not actually my dog, she belongs to my neighbour," said Wehrlein, "But she quite often comes to visit and gets so excited when I’m racing on the simulator, always running around and trying to jump on my lap! Her name’s Emma."


Two virtual wins in a row for Max Guenther

Guenther secures second points win after mastering the Electric Docks

02 May 20

BMW i Andretti Motorsport's Max Guenther continues his winning streak after storming to victory in round two of the ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge. Following in second was Envision Virgin Racing's Robin Frijns with Geox Dragon's Nico Mueller in third.

Poleman Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-Benz EQ) led the way into the first corner before meeting with the wall in the opening seconds of the race. With significant damage, former winner Max Guenther took the lead while Vandoorne managed to hold third with Mahindra Racing's Pascal Wehrlein in second.

Dropping down the order, Vandoorne slipped to fifth, letting Envision Virgin Racing's Robin Frijns through to third and Geox Dragon's Nico Mueller through to fourth.

Four laps in, Guenther maintained the lead. At the back of the pack, Rokit Venturi Racing's Felipe Massa clipped the chicane on Turn 1, spinning out of the race.

Despite making his debut here in the second round, Envision Virgin Racing's Sam Bird was out the running by lap six. Moments later, both the Panasonic Jaguar Racing drivers James Calado and Mitch Evans collided through Turn 1, putting an end Evans race.

Back at the front, Guenther continued to hold off an ever-advancing Pascal Wehrlein who followed just three tenths of a second behind. Under pressure, the two Germans battled for the top spot with five laps to go.

Coming through Turn 1 close behind Guenther, Wehrlein clipped the wall and spun while Guenther broke away into a ten second lead.

Advancing on Wehrlein, Frijns and Mueller slipped into the second and third while Wehrlein - still carrying significant damage - dropped down to fourth.

Rounding off the points with one lap to go was double Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne, who advanced on Jaguar's Calado in ninth. Nose to tail, Calado and Vergne went through Turn 1 to start their last lap.

Now on his last lap, Guenther held the lead 15 seconds ahead of Frijns in second. Crossing the line of the Electric Docks circuit, the German driver celebrated his second points win of the competition, cementing his position as the leader of the Race at Home Challenge. Following in second was Frijns, while Geox Dragon's Nico Mueller rounded off the podium in third.

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Only if you can bear to read it: Neither Virtual Jaguar finished

Guenther claims the first points of the Race at Home Challenge in Hong Kong

25 Apr 20

BMW i Andretti Motorsport's Max Guenther claims the first points of the ABB Formula E Race from Home Challenge against the iconic backdrop of Hong Kong's Harbourfront.

Posting a 59.8-second lap in Qualifying, it was Mercedes-Benz EQ's Stoffel Vandoorne who claimed the Julius Baer Pole Position and led the way into the first point-scoring round of the ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge in support of UNICEF.

Barging through Turn 1, Vandoorne maintained the lead with Mahindra Racing's Pascal Werhlein dropping back from second. Behind Vandoorne was former race at home winner Max Guenther (BMW i Andretti Motorsport), who led Envision Virgin Racing's Nick Cassidy in third.

For DS Techeetah's Antonio Felix da Costa, a big spin going into Turn 3 during Qualifying saw the current real-world Champion started the race at the back of the pack but made his way to 19th by the end of the first lap.

Taking the lead from Vandoorne, Guenther led the pack with Cassidy 1.2-seconds behind. After an error, Vandoorne dropped to fifth, loosing the advantage he had after clinching Pole.

With damage increased to 80 per cent for round one, the close-combat nature of Formula E city street racing claimed Panasonic Jaguar Racing's James Calado, seeing him retire from the race after a collision just seven laps in.

Failing to climb above 19th, da Costa was eliminated by lap nine to join his teammate Jean-Eric Vergne (already retired) back in the pits. With four laps to go, only 16 drivers remained in the running.

Still in the lead, Guenther remained ahead of Cassidy in second and Wehrlein in third, cooly making his way around the 1.8km Hong Kong Harbourfront circuit. Despite winning here last season, Rokit Venturi Racing's Edoardo Mortara failed to make it to the finish, being eliminated at the end of lap 14.

Out in front, Guenther crossed the finish line first with Cassidy in second and Wehrlein in third. Rounding off the points was Guenther's teammate Sims, who crossed the line in 10th, making it a double points finish for the BMW i Andretti Motorsport squad.

Now leading the Challenge, Guenther punched the air as he crossed the line. "It wasn't an easy race," said the German driver moments after the event. "Even though it's not the real world, we're all competitive and we want to be at the front," added the BMW driver with a smile.

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"The win was down to the team”

DA COSTA STORMS TO WIN IN MARRAKESH THRILLER

When Formula E entered its Gen2 era in 2018 – its maiden race of its present chapter seeming like only yesterday – Antonio Felix da Costa was the driver to beat. The then BMWi Andretti Motorsport racer flew from pole to victory and while this start suggested that a new reign would begin, this was far from the reality.

440 days separated da Costa’s win at the Ad Diriyah E-Prix and Formula E’s most recent race in Marrakesh and that spell was far from plain sailing. Any credible title-threatening consistency was arguably absent; as was reliable speed from the German-American outfit behind him but moving to DS Techeetah – the reigning champions – has brought a new lease on life.

Da Costa showcased himself as a potential championship contender when the season arrived, and while victory was ultimately out of reach in Santiago and Mexico City, rectifying any mistakes for Marrakesh would be vital to maximise his impending haul of points.

Lining up in pole position, da Costa piled three into his bag at the first available opportunity and with a calculated, strategic and measured 45-minute + 1 lap scrap in the Agdal district of the Red City, the 28-year-old was bound to add more to his present tally. Lining up at the front of the grid, da Costa’s nearest challenger for the 2020 Marrakesh ePrix was Maximilian Gunther as the young German racer lined up on the front row of the grid in the seat that the pole sitter vacated at the close of Season 5.

Obtaining the optimum getaway into Turn 1, da Costa was untouchable when the race flashed into life and by quickly opening a 0.8s advantage but most importantly managing that gap, total control had fallen into the lap of the leader.

As the field squabbled behind, swapping positions at almost every opportunity (and cleanly, contrary to recent ePrix), da Costa held Gunther behind at an arm’s length, carefully managing his energy not to over-consume or under-consume but to quite simply deliver what could be deemed as perfection.

When Gunther passed for the lead, sweeping around the outside of Turn 1 with 23-minutes + 1 lap left of the race, there was a continual air of confidence behind da Costa – a driver who knew that, despite losing the lead, opportunities lay ahead, directly contrasting the mind-set of the runner-up of January’s race in Santiago.

Navigating the outside of Turn 3, da Costa armed and activated his Attack Mode and with this four-minute, 35kW power advantage, swiftly made easy work of Gunther, sweeping past, back into first only minutes later.

This naturally prompted retaliation from BMW and Gunther, in turn, armed his Attack Mode – also his final – once more pursuing the leader, clutching at a potential victory. It is through this that DS Techeetah may have produced a strategic masterclass, with Jean-Eric Vergne behind still holding one activation of the power boost device.

Having fought from 11th to third, the reigning Formula E champion was in fine form in Marrakesh, despite missing shakedown and FP1 due to ongoing illness – something that continued to plague the Frenchman on race day.

Emulating the Turn 3 routine of his team-mate and rival ahead, Vergne activated Attack Mode with 12-minutes + 1 lap of the race remaining and soon closed the gap to second, passing with only seven minutes now left on the clock.

A 1-2 result for DS Techeeta seemed certain but critical energy levels for Vergne cast this into doubt. With levels marginal, balancing on a fine line, Gunther passed on the final lap of the race, preventing a 1-2 result for the Franco-Chinese team as da Costa took the chequered flag in first place.

With the black and gold podium truncated only by white and blue on the second step, the form of DS Techeetah in Marrakesh was astounding – unlike the anarchy of Santiago and a contrast to the overplay of Mexico City.

The race that manifested was close to total perfection. Was BMW played by DS Techeetah, provoked into Gunther’s final activation in an attempt to lock-out the top two steps of the podium? It is possible to imagine so, and nevertheless, despite Vergne’s extreme energy usage, the squad that left Marrakesh at the fore morphed into a team that will take some beating – finally organised and ready to win with an altered line-up, arguably now a ‘team’.

"The win was down to the team,” said da Costa post-race, recording his third victory in Formula E and first for DS Techeetah. “They gave me an amazing car and we are working together to improve. The race was actually much harder than it looked. I had to be very brave and clever when making any moves.

“At one point, I had to let Max get really close and push him into using extra energy, while with the second Attack Mode I was preventing Andre from getting within touching distance. In the end it worked out perfectly! We planned the race very well and all the work back in Paris paid off. Hats off to JEV today who, despite having a tough week, pulled through with a podium finish for the team."

Returning to the podium – his first since the Season 5 Swiss E-Prix in Bern – Vergne described the race as one of the most difficult of his Formula E career, experiencing sheer disbelief at his final position and still on the podium. "It was the hardest race of my entire career here at Formula E,” said the third-placed Frenchman. “Despite not being able to take part in practice [on Friday], I had been watching everyone from hospital. I was still not feeling well [on race day], but the team did an excellent job [on the car set-up].

“During the race I just put my head down and gave it my all. When my engineer told me midway through the race that I was in fourth, I could not believe it. I had a good fight with Max near the end… but I was sure he was going to overtake me eventually. I tried to defend second place as much as I could, however I did not have the energy left in the car. I am pleased to be back on the podium."

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Involved in an all-out scrap for the podium positions, Gunther’s second-place spot marked the next bright moment in a mature and impressive sophomore season – one that seems to grow on a race by race basis: "Fighting against both DS Techeetah cars was intense,” said the runner up. “We managed the race quite well and it got very exciting when JEV overtook me towards the end. We knew we could eventually make a move, as I had an energy advantage over him. But he was defending hard, which was fair play. I think that what JEV did today is impressive. I had more energy compared to him and this made the difference in the final few corners. Also, Antonio was clever in keeping the lead, so congratulations to him!"

Discovering a late run of pace at the close of the race, Sebastien Buemi narrowly missed out on a second successive podium for Nissan e.dams, trailing Vergne by only 0.248s to take fourth while Edoardo Mortara recorded a strong haul of points for ROKiT Venturi Racing, completing the top five amidst an intense and strategic fight in the midfield.

Mitch Evans, who led the championship in the run-up to the race in Marrakesh, fought his way through the field to showcase the form and potential of Jaguar Racing, recording sixth at the wave of the chequered flag while also setting the fastest lap. Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler’s Lucas di Grassi followed the Kiwi across the finishing line, taking seventh place and six points while Andre Lotterer dropped from third to eighth, running competitively inside the top five before over-consuming energy at the close of the race.

Oliver Rowland completed a double points result for the Franco-Japanese Nissan squad, piloting his IM02 to ninth while Sam Bird completed the top 10 for Envision Virgin Racing as the British outfit’s so far difficult campaign continues.

Outside of the top 10, Nyck de Vries emerged as Mercedes EQ’s best shot at points despite only taking 11th, with a drive-through penalty for the Dutchman following an over-power under regeneration removing any chance of a possible podium finish. Stoffel Vandoorne took 15th in the second Silver Arrow 01.

Mahindra Racing’s Marrakesh form also came to a cold conclusion, with Jerome d’Ambrosio taking 12th while a puncture for Pascal Wehrlein ruined the German’s race, finishing as the final classified runner ahead of Ma Qing Hua – one lap down for NIO 333.

Alexander Sims was the only driver who failed to see the chequered flag, retiring from sixth on the final lap due to a damaged track rod.

Present points standings below:


Amidst all the squabbling, Evans bolted ... Click on pic to enlarge

EVANS ALMIGHTY!

MEXICO E-PRIX FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP

From Motorsport Monday, 17 February 2020

The Autódromo Hermanos Rodriguez has been the site of many entertaining battles over the past three Formula E seasons. From the defensive thriller that unfolded in 2016 to the 2019 edition’s raw unpredictability – even until the final lap – it is a circuit that continually excites. So when the original layout was extended by 25% ahead of Season 6, one thing was automatically guaranteed; a more strategy-driven race that was going to be harder on energy management than ever before…

The period in between races can be fundamental to development in Formula E, with constant refinement of software and revision to strategy paving the path and bridging the gap to the next challenge ahead. For Panasonic Jaguar Racing, the four weeks separating the Santiago ePrix and the Mexico City ePrix proved to be pivotal and after getting on top of the issues that it faced in Chile in January, a more organised and prepared squad arrived at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodriguez for the opening day of running last Friday.

As a talented pilot in qualifying, Evans’ front row starting spot behind TAG Heuer Porsche’s polesitter Andre Lotterer on the grid placed him in the perfect to position to challenge for the win. And with sheer focus, unwavering determination and instinctual driving, the Kiwi was able to capitalise to the full; completing one of the most dominant drives in Formula E after 45-minutes + 1 lap of calculated racing out on track.

Holding the inside line on the front row for the right-hander of Turn 1 ahead, a marginally stronger start for Evans placed him in an ideal position as soon as the green flag waved.

Pulling alongside Lotterer’s 99X Electric on the run into the first corner, Evans held on to the optimum line and by slowing with unbreakable commitment.

Despite locking his front left and creating a plume of smoke, the Kiwi was up into the lead; delivering inch-perfect cornering even with the inside wall being almost in touching distance. With Lotterer still holding around the outside, contact was ultimately inevitable and a small bump from Evans pushed the German racer out wide, allowing both Nyck de Vries and Sebastien Buemi to snake through the inside and pass the hapless Lotterer.

As Lotterer continued to slip into the clutches of the Envision Virgin duo of Sam Bird and Robin Frijns, Buemi was also making moves, forcing his way past de Vries through Turn 7 to inherit second place.

Amidst all this squabbling, Evans had bolted, now holding an advantage of almost two seconds. After only two laps, the yellow flags were quickly waving when Nico Muller crashed in Turn 1, ploughing head-on into the barriers after attempting to overtake de Vries who was quickly falling. This accident for the Swiss driver caused the safety car to be deployed but with 34-minutes +1 lap remaining, the race quickly fell back under green-flag conditions which allowed the battling to resume.

Bird quickly cleared Lotterer for third and soon gobbled up Buemi for second, albeit with the aid of Attack Mode. Then it was Frijns and de Vries who fought their way past the one time pole-sitter before it was race over for the Porsche driver when he picked up front wing damage and peeled off into the pits.

Further back and picking off driver after driver, DS Techeetah team-mates Antonio Felix da Costa and Jean-Eric Vergne began to emerge for podium contention with just over 10-minutes left on the clock. It also soon became clear that team orders and instructions would be strictly enforced following the events of the Santiago ePrix.

With the pair swapping positions in an attempt to aid strategy, the duo began to fall away from the podium fight, losing more time than they were gaining. But a speedy lap from da Costa, however, placed him directly on the rear-end of Buemi and, with a sweep around the outside of Turn 9, was into the final podium position.

Then, closing in on second-placed runner Bird, da Costa launched his offensive when the Briton armed his final use of Attack Mode with four-minutes + 1 lap remaining. Despite having an extra 35kW power advantage, Bird could not shake the Portuguese driver behind and as temperatures began to rise, made a mistake, locking up into Turn 3 and running into the barriers, again crashing in Turn 12 later in the same lap. Da Costa was now in second!

Ahead, however, Evans was still in the lead and at the conclusion of his final lap, took the chequered flag to record both his and Jaguar Racing’s second victory in Formula E, winning by over four seconds from da Costa who was the runner-up for the second weekend in succession.

Sebastien Buemi meanwhile recorded third – his first podium since the Season 5 New York City E-Prix - and his first points finish of the present campaign.

"It is very nice leaving here knowing that you managed to sort the issues from past races,” said Evans post-race, reflecting on his dominant victory. “We had a very good pace and it was a tight battle with Andre. It felt like déjà vu from Rome! After overtaking him, I put my head down and tried to gain distance as everybody was quite aggressive in my mirrors.

"I had to keep them away and the car was working well. I only had to keep hitting the targets. I cannot wait to watch the replay; as I have heard it was crazy behind me. It feels great to achieve a second victory in Formula E and doing so in Mexico, surrounded by such a passionate crowd, it is the cherry on the cake."

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Having fractionally missed out on victory yet again, da Costa hailed the speed of DS Techeetah’s package, however, highlighted qualifying as an area in which he must improve for the future while thanking team-mate Vergne for playing the team game. “Going into the race we knew we had a great car,” said da Costa. “[The race] was more about energy management than temperatures and we handled it better than others. The car is extremely fast, but I need to work on my qualifying. Being able to get familiar with the car over one lap would make my life much easier during the race. Both me and JEV planned the race really well and we both came through the field.

“We played a bit of a team game out there, but our engineers knew what we were doing. I was quicker than him and he made it easy for me to overtake and chase Seb. So fair play to him! The team in Paris deserves a massive shout out for all the work they have done so far this season. We have a great team and they never stop working.”

Vergne, after allowing da Costa to chase and hunt down Buemi ahead, took fourth at the wave of the chequered flag while Alexander Sims took an impressive fifth, fighting forward after starting 18th on the grid.

Audi Sport’s Lucas di Grassi took sixth while Oliver Rowland completed a double points finish for Nissan e.dams by taking seventh, finishing ahead of ROKiT Venturi Racing’s Edoardo Mortara who took eighth – the Monegasque marque one of three teams to have recorded points in every race so far in Formula E’s present campaign.

Despite taking ninth originally, James Calado was disqualified from the race in the second Jaguar after his total energy use was over the regulatory limit, breaching Article 7.6 of the 2019/2020 FIA Formula E Championship Technical Regulations. This disqualification allowed Pascal Wehrlein to finish ninth, recording two points while Jerome d’Ambrosio completed the top 10 in the second Mahindra – the team-mates fighting back from the rear of the field after facing a pair of 40-place grid penalties and additional drive-through and 10-second stop-go punishments for a gearbox change.

Outside of the top 10, Santiago race winner Maximilian Guenther, Brendon Hartley, Oliver Turvey and Neel Jani completed the field as the Mexico City ePrix’s final classified finishers, with accidents for Stoffel Vandoorne, Ma Qing Hua, de Vries, and Felipe Massa placing them in retirement alongside Muller, Lotterer, Daniel Abt and Bird.

Finally, Robin Frijns was also disqualified after exceeding his power usage allocation.


Takuma Aoki will race for Team Yokohama Challenge, the new Japanese-based eTROPHY team

Japanese driver Takuma Aoki joins the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Series with Team Yokohama Challenge

• Takuma Aoki will race for Team Yokohama Challenge, the new Japanese-based eTROPHY team

• The former motorcycle racer, who was involved in an accident in 1998 resulting in paralysis from the waist down, will drive a specially adapted Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY racecar

• The Japanese racer will create history as the first disabled person to compete in an international electric race

• Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO), Italian-based GuidoSimplex and M-Sport have modified the eTROPHY car with specially designed hand-controls

• Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY – the world’s first all-electric touring car race series returns for round three in Mexico City on 15 February 2020

Pretoria, 6 February 2020 – Takuma Aoki, former World Superbike and Grand Prix motorcycle road racer, joins the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY racing for Team Yokohama Challenge. The Japanese racer will create history as the first disabled person to compete in an international electric race series from round three in Mexico City on 15 February.

Aoki became paralysed from the waist down after an accident in 1998, a year after he finished fifth overall with Honda in the 500GP class. Since then, Aoki has remained involved in motorsport and has competed with success on four wheels using specially-modified vehicles in both the 2009 Dakar Rally and 2016 Asia Cross Country Rally.

He most recently competed in the 2019 Michelin Le Mans Cup – LMP3 category and for La Filière Frédéric Sausset by SRT41 in the 2019 Road To Le Mans competition, part of the support package for the 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours.

For his first experience in electric racing, Takuma will drive a specially-modified Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY. A Guido Simplex America Lever actuator has been fitted to the steering column mount with bespoke bracketry and modifications designed and developed by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO), M-Sport and Takuma's race engineering team.

Modifications to the pedal box position have been made to increase efficiency of lever based brake actuation and a bespoke 'pull type' actuation from the throttle to utilise the eTROPHY electronic throttle control. The unique design uses cable actuation of the existing pedal for easy modification to the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY racecar.

Takuma Aoki, Team Yokohama Challenge driver said: “I am very excited to be joining the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY with Team Yokohama Challenge for my first competition in electric racing. Everybody is a challenger in life but I can now prove once more that life is not ending and you can still challenge your dreams even if you are paralysed. I want to thank the Jaguar Racing engineering team, GuidoSimplex and M-Sport for their hard work on modifying the car, I can’t wait to be competing in Mexico City alongside some experienced racers.”

Mark Turner, Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Series Manager said: “We are very pleased to welcome Takuma to the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY. Throughout his career he has shown resilience and delivered competitive racing performances, which no doubt will continue as he ventures into electric racing for the first time.”

Adam Jones, Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Vehicle Engineering Manager said: “Adapting the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY to be driven with hand controls was an exciting challenge for SVO. Working alongside Takuma’s race team and M-Sport we have delivered a package that will enable Takuma to transition competitively into the eTROPHY race series. It has been a great collaboration and demonstrates the progressive and innovative engineering behind the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY.”

After a thrilling double header opening weekend in Diriyah in November 2019, with Sérgio Jimenez and Simon Evans securing the first two wins of the season, the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY returns for round three in Mexico City on Saturday 15 February as the official support race to the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

ENDS

ABOUT JAGUAR I-PACE eTROPHY

After becoming the first premium manufacturer to enter the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in 2016, Jaguar created the world’s first all-electric touring car race series for a production car – the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY.

Exclusively featuring Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY racecars, the all-electric series gives drivers of the future and established racers a chance to showcase their talent, competing on the world stage in zero-emissions motorsport. After making history in the inaugural season, the groundbreaking series will see up to 20 identical Jaguar I-PACE battery electric racecars on the grid in 10 races, across eight global cities.

New for season two is the introduction of ATTACK MODE providing an extra 20% in torque and power for a specified duration (defined at race) providing increased race strategy and additional overtaking opportunities.

The series supports the launch of the Jaguar I-PACE, Jaguar’s first battery electric vehicle, and reinforces Jaguar Land Rover’s future electrification strategy, commitment to electric street racing and the team’s mission of ‘Fearless Progress’.

Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY partners include official tyre supplier Michelin, official charging partner ABB, technical partner Sabelt, official clothing supplier One All Sports, official racewear supplier Alpine Stars and official logistics partner DHL.


Brief race report: Santiago, 18 January 2020

Jaguar's Mitch Evans tells it from his point of view.

Last-lap pass secures victory for BMW-Andretti's Max Guenther

Evans: Software problem 'left me blind' as race win 'slipped from our hands'

From ABB Formula-E After a chaotic showdown in Santiago, Panasonic Jaguar Racing's Mitch Evans claims the team still has 'work to do' after a software problem saw what should have been a clear lights to flag victory slip away, leaving the Kiwi driver in third.

For Panasonic Jaguar Racing frontman Mitch Evans, the aftermath of the Santiago race left the championship hopeful with a "bittersweet" taste. On one hand, the Kiwi managed to secure a crucial 19 points after coming in third and clinching the Julius Baer Pole Position (worth three points). But on the other hand, Evans should have managed more.

Starting from Pole, Evans led for the best part of half the race, until BMW i Andretti Motorsport's Max Guenther slipped past in a perfectly timed overtake with 25 minutes left on the clock.

"The race sort of slipped from our hands, it was a bit of a strange one," admitted Evans as the dust settled on the Parque O'Higgins circuit.

"Looking at the positives, we’ve got some good points and a podium after having a bad start of the season, so I am happy with that.

"Starting from P1, I wanted to walk away with a win, but we still have work to do,” he added.

With 21 points to his name after three rounds, Evans sits eighth in the championship standings - 17 points from Mercedes-Benz EQ driver and new championship leader Stoffel Vandoorne.

"From the start, we had software problems that we had to deal with - I'd never experienced them before.

"I over-consumed energy because I wasn't getting any information...it left me blind and getting no guidance...it was extremely difficult to manage the race today.

"It could have been a lot worse but we need to look into it. I'm happy with the result but it was bittersweet," said the Jaguar driver with a smirk.

Race results: Santiago, Chile, 18-01-2020

The next Formula E race will be in Mexico City on 15th February


Sam Bird wins season opener at Diriyah

Audi customer team wins Formula E season opener

• Difficult start for Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler factory team

• Envision Virgin Racing clinches first victory for the Audi e-tron FE06

• Second race of the season starts tomorrow (on Saturday) at 3 PM (CET)

Diriyah, November 22, November 2019 – Sam Bird with the Envision Virgin Racing team clinched the first victory on the debut for the Audi e-tron FE06 in the Formula E season opener. Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi from the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler factory team had a difficult start and finished without points in Diriyah. Tomorrow, they will have a new chance: the next race on the outskirts of Riyadh starts at 3 PM (CET).

With a riveting race marked by plenty of tactics, the new Formula E season kicked off in Diriyah on Friday. For the first time since the series started, the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler factory team with Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi finished without points in the opening race of the season.

Due to its strong championship positions last season, the German-Brazilian pairing had to go out on the still very dusty track in the first two qualifying groups and were only able to achieve the fifteenth and nineteenth place on the grid.

In the race, di Grassi made up six places to finish thirteenth. Daniel Abt was also fighting back, when he was touched by a rival which damaged his front wing causing him to hit the wall. Instead of scoring points, he had to settle for the fastest race lap as a small personal highlight.

The first in a total of fourteen races on five continents and in nine capital cities was won by Audi’s customer team Envision Virgin Racing with the newly developed Audi e-tron FE06.

“Obviously, we would have wished for a different beginning to the season for Daniel and Lucas,” says Team Principal Allan McNish. “Both of them had to qualify in the first two groups due to their excellent results in the previous season. They went on to make the best of their difficult start, but even so, remained without points. We are going to work hard as tomorrow is a new race day and we are all very motivated to start fighting back.”

A new chance for points and trophies will already present itself tomorrow (Saturday): The second race this season on the 2.494-kilometer circuit on the outskirts of Riyadh starts at 3 PM (CET). Because they remained without points in the first race, Lucas di Grassi will qualify in group three and Daniel Abt in group four. Later groups are regarded as more advantageous, because the track becomes cleaner and thus faster in the course of qualifying.

Alex Sims scores maiden Formula E win in Saudi Arabia

Sims clinches first win in Saudi showdown, BMW scoops one-two finish

23 Nov 2019

Sims clinches his maiden win from Pole in fraught Saudi showdown. Guenther follows to make BMW one-two win with Audi's di Grassi finishing third.

With the lights out, it was Poleman BMW i Andretti Motorsport's Alex Sims who pulled away in the lead after securing his second Pole in a row on day two of the 2019 SAUDIA Diriyah E-Prix.

Leading the way with Nissan e.dams' Sebastian Buemi in second and Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler's Lucas di Grassi in third, the British driver maintained his position up front while DS Techeetah's Antonio Felix da Costa - who moved into fourth after Mahindra Racing's Jerome d'Ambrosio retired from the race due to technical difficulties - was on the attack.

Making his way through the pack, da Costa was eager to make the podium, attacking Buemi and nudging the back of his car while sending him spinning into oncoming traffic. The Nissan driver rejoined the pack in 15th but came under investigation by the FIA.

With more than 30 minutes left on the clock, Bird was tapped by Panasonic Jaguar Racing's Mitch Evans going through Turn 4, before being tapped again by Mahindra Racing's Pascal Wehrlein going through Turn 5. The British driver - who clinched the win in the first race only a day before - met with the wall. With significant damage to his car, the Brit was out of the race.

After consideration by the FIA, Da Costa was handed a 10-second drive through penalty for causing the incident with Buemi, while the Nissan driver was also handed the same punishment for his re-entry into the race that was deemed unsafe.

While his teammate was already out of the race, fellow Envision driver Robin Frijns lost control of his Audi-powered car between Turn 5 and 6, hitting the wall sideways on Turn 7. Damaged and stranded in his car, the Yellow Flag was raised while his car was recovered.

With eight minutes left on the clock, Sims maintained his lead while , further down the pack, Jaguar's Evans was handed a 10-second drive through penalty for the collision with Bird.

Taking his ATTACK MODE, di Grassi in third temporarily lost a position before blasting back past Mercedes-Benz EQ's Stoffel Vandoorne with 35kW of extra power. Not taking the ATTACK MODE, Sims' teammate Max Guenther slipped into second as the two BMW's led the way with only minutes left on the clock.

Stretching the lead to over three seconds with five minutes left on the clock, Guenther defended hard against di Grassi, holding the ATTACK MODE-enabled Brazilian at bay. With the added power, the Audi driver set the fastest lap on the attack against the German.

With both BMWs crossing the line in tandem, Sims clinched his first ever race win in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship with his teammate in second and Audi's di Grassi in third.

Top Ten standings after Race 2, below: