Sérgio Jimenez storms home in New York to claim inaugural I-PACE eTROPHY title
Sérgio Jimenez and Bandar Alesayi have become the first winners of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY championship.
Heading into the New York race both the PRO and PRO-AM titles were still up for grabs, and the stage was set in the heat of Brooklyn.
PRO championship leader Sérgio Jimenez finished the season in style by securing pole and driving his Jaguar Brazil Racing I-PACE home in first place. Team-mate Caca Bueno came second to secure a 1-2 finish for the team in the championship and their third consecutive race.
Sérgio said: “It was nice to finish on top in the last race. What I did this weekend is to show everyone that Jaguar Brazil Racing are deserved winners.
“The I-PACE is very different to drive, but you have to learn how it runs and I have worked on that throughout the season.”
Meanwhile the battle for third place overall went to the chequered flag, as Team Asia New Zealand’s Simon Evans looked to be in pole position, before losing his podium place to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Katharine Legge, which helped secured her team-mate Bryan Sellers place in the top three overall.
In the PRO-AM championship, Saudi Racing’s Bandar Alesayi wrapped up the drivers’ title after holding off the challenge of Team China’s Yaqi Zhang. Team-mate Ahmed Bin-Khanen stole the show after leading the race from start to finish to claim the win.
The first season of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY has been filled with plenty of frills, thrills and spills as the teams got to grips with the all-electric race car and new circuits. But now the sights are all firmly fixed on season two, with the calendar due to be announced shortly.