This weekend marks a historic moment for Jaguar as Riyadh, Saudi Arabia hosts the inaugural round of the I-PACE eTROPHY championship.
The official support series to the ABB FIA Formula E
Championship will see 11 I-PACEs line up on the grid, with each driver keen to
make a strong start to their season on the Ad Diriyah street circuit.
They will face 21 corners on the 2.495km track as they get
to grips with the car for the first time in race conditions, but one thing is
for certain the action will be relentless.
Chairman of Jaguar Racing Gerd Mäuser says everyone is
immensely proud to reach this historic moment and this weekend that dream will
become a reality. He adds:
“We had an idea that we could bring electric production car
racing to city streets, and showcase the power and capability of the
award-winning Jaguar I-PACE.
“We have built this championship from scratch, attracting
drivers, teams and sponsors from all over the world, and this is just the
The Ad Diriyah race will also be the first time Saudi Arabia
has allowed men and women to race against each other.
Speaking ahead of Riyadh, RLL Racing’s Katherine Legge said
her main focus is to win the championship starting with this race, which will
be the perfect way to make history.
“I think we are doing a great thing to bring attention to
women in racing – alongside the FIA’s Women in Motorsport commission,” she
adds. “As I’ve said before, the car does not know the difference, so I will
just focus on doing the job I am there to do.”
Viessman Jaguar eTROPHY Team Germany’s Célia Martin was in
equally optimistic and focussed mood, as she said: “Racing has always been a childhood
dream of mine, so I’m really keen on starting in my first season. After the
tests and preliminaries, I feel well prepared for our first race in Riyadh.
Lets’s get started.”
Driving in the VIP car for the first round of the eTROPHY
championship will be British racing star Alice Powell. Well known for her
exploits in the Formula Renault series, where she was crowned champion of the
British and Asian race series.
“I am super excited to have been given this opportunity,”
Aliced added. “Electric is the way the world is going, so to have the chance to
drive in this series, in the early stages of this new era, is fantastic.”