Excessive E: Watch Desert X Prix qualifying stay
Excessive E begins life as a brand new motorsport collection as we speak with qualifying for Sunday’s Desert X Prix. 9 groups of two drivers every take to the sands of AlUla, Saudi Arabia – a shocking untouched panorama of big sandstone rocks making a spectacular backdrop for racing – within the first of 5 races across the globe. Every group has the identical ODYSSEY 21 automobile, an electrical SUV which works from 0-60mph in lower than 4.5secs.
Jenson Button is driving for his personal JBXE group, whereas there are different groups owned by Lewis Hamilton (X44) and Nico Rosberg (Rosberg X Racing). Different drivers embody rally legends Sebastien Loeb and Carlos Sainz, and rising British skills Catie Munnings and Jamie Chadwick.
Every group has one male and one feminine driver in what organisers intend to be a groundbreaking gender-equal collection. The drivers tackle one lap every of the 9km course, with a ‘swap’ in between, and their cumulative time will determine which of Sunday morning’s three races they enter, earlier than the ultimate later the identical day. Observe all the most recent motion beneath.
A superb efficiency from Molly Taylor and Johan Kristoffersson (Rosberg X Racing). It’s a robust group, with Kristoffersson the reigning world rallycross champion and Taylor a former Australian rally champion. Taylor took loads of dangers and virtually misplaced management within the last second however held on masterfully, they usually snatch the lead!
Lawrence Ostlere3 April 2021 07:42
The order of qualifying was determined by drawing tons, and first up was Jenson Button’s JBXE group, however the automobile had mechanical issues when his teammate Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky received behind the wheel and a quick stoppage harm their time and they’re fourth within the standings from 5 groups. Fifth place is Britain’s Jamie Chadwick and Stephane Sarrazin (Veloce) after the latter rolled the automobile coming down the opposite aspect of an enormous drop, however walked away safely.
Rally legend Sebastien Loeb and his Spanish teammate Cristina Gutierrez (racing for Lewis Hamilton’s X44) are main the best way with a time of 10.48.076 – the one group to go beneath 11 minutes up to now. Laia Sanz and Carlos Sainz (Acciona) are second, Britain’s Catie Munnings survived a late burst tyre to be third with teammate Timmy Hansen (Andretti).
Lawrence Ostlere3 April 2021 07:36
Qualifying is beneath means right here in Saudi Arabia. Every group, made up of 1 man and one ladies, takes on one lap every of the 9km circuit by way of the desert with a seat ‘swap’ in between. There are two rounds of qualifying, and the 2 occasions are totalled to bag factors and create the standings for tomorrow’s semi-finals.
Lawrence Ostlere3 April 2021 07:24
The collection is comprised of 5 races, taking in excessive environments: the West African coast, the Arctic ice, the Amazon rainforest and the glaciers of Patagonia all observe, however first is the desert of AlUla, Saudi Arabia. Right here’s our race preview for a bit pre-qualifying studying to stand up to hurry:
Lawrence Ostlere3 April 2021 07:03
Good day! Welcome alongside to stay protection of the inaugural Excessive E weekend – the Desert X Prix in AlUla, Saudi Arabia. At the moment will see the 9 groups of two drivers every qualifying for Sunday’s three-car semi-finals, throughout two rounds of time-trial round a 9km circuit. Confused but? Stick to us all through the day as we deliver you all the foundations, groups, drivers and every part you must know from Desert X Prix qualifying.
Lawrence Ostlere2 April 2021 18:05