I-PACE eTROPHY R4: Race for the Pro driver’s championship heats up
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Jaguar Brazil Racing’s Cacá Bueno claimed maximum points in the sweltering Chinese heat.
Having qualified in pole position, Cacá dominated the race
from start to finish, as he crossed the line more than 1.5 seconds quicker that
second placed driver Simon Evans, with Bryan Sellers crossing the line in third
Speaking after the race, Cacá said: “Having battled such
testing conditions, my first win in the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY really does feel
deserved. The heat in Sanya pushed me to my limit, with temperatures reaching
over 40 degrees Celsius in the car.
“I’ll be leaving Sanya very pleased with my performance and
relieved to get my first win the championship win.”
The drama didn’t end there. As two steward’s decisions
changed the final result as Cacá’s team-mate Sérgio Jimenez was given a
one-second penalty for making contact with TWR Techeetah’s Stefan Rzadzinski.
While Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Bryan Sellers was
disqualified due to a technical infringement, which saw Canadian driver Stefan promoted
to third on the podium.
Meanwhile in the Pro Am race Saudi Racing’s Bandar Alesayi extended
his lead in the standings with another commanding performance in China.
“Sanya was a great race for me,” he said. “I was battling
with Pro driver Katharine Legge for most of the race. I’m not only content with
winning within my category, but it’s great I am keeping a similar pace to the
Pro drivers and can compete alongside them.”
The race for the Pro driver’s title is finely balanced with
just five points covering the top five. Team Asia New Zealand’s Simon Evans
leads the way with British driver Katherine Legge, Bryan Sellers, Sérgio
Jimenez and Cacá Bueno all in hot pursuit.
In the Pro Am championship, Bandar Alesayi has extended his
lead over team-mate Ahmed Bin Khanen with a lead of 32 points.
Round 5 of the I-PACE eTROPHY championship sees the teams head
for Rome as the European leg of the season starts on 13 April.