Extreme E inspires people around the globe with exciting races and technical innovations. Always at the forefront are the drivers, the dynamic duo behind the wheel. Let’s take a closer look at the current situation.
Scorching heat, wandering dunes and treacherous ground conditions didn’t exactly make the race any easier: The Desert X-Prix ushered in the second Extreme E season in befitting style with an exciting race.
The word “Extreme” was writ large here: On more than one occasion the protagonists had to contend with the unpredictable route in the middle of the desert. In the end, the defending champion team “Rosberg X Racing” prevailed in the final of the first race of the season – although with a modified line-up.
Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky, who competed for Jenson Button’s team last year, switched to RXR for the new season, and is now pursuing the goal of defending the title alongside last year’s winner, Johan Kristofferson.
The two are certainly looking good after the first race: Not even a demolished tail end could prevent victory. It was a close call, though: Kristofferson just managed to nose into first place with a sensational overtaking maneuver shortly before the finishing line. “He’s a machine,” praised Åhlin-Kottulinsky, who delivered a strong performance herself.
This puts RXR in the role of favorite for the first time. But the current leaders will not get a moment’s respite from their competitors.
Right behind RXR is Team Acciona | Sainz XE. This tandem of Laia Sanz and Carlos Sainz comes with serious rally experience. Sanz collected numerous motorcycle titles in the past and was extremely successful in the Dakar Rally, while Carlos Sainz is considered one of the best rally drivers of all time. A good basis for finishing far ahead in the second season, after ending in sixth place last year.
The current potential victory podium is rounded off by Team X44, created by Lewis Hamilton and starring Cristina Gutiérrez and motorsport legend Sébastien Loeb. In the first season’s championship, they ended in a close second place behind RXR. But the goal is very clear here again: The title.
But the teams outside the current top three also have their eyes fixed on the winners’ podium. The American duo from Chip Ganassi Racing, Sara Price and Kyle LeDuc, are currently in fourth place.
Both came to Extreme E with exciting resumes: LeDuc has experience and titles in and on all kinds of vehicles, from mountain bikes in his youth through home-built off-road cars to trophy trucks. Price, meanwhile, brought home an X-Games medal in motorcross and is also a professional stunt woman.
In the semifinals of the Desert X-Prix, the team edged out Laia Sanz and Carlos Sainz for first place and will be looking to repeat this in the upcoming final rounds. Particularly after last season, CGR will be looking for results, as Price and LeDuc were able to score points in Season One with a lot of speed and excitement, despite ending up second last in the team standings.
Meanwhile, the “Veloce Racing” team has barely been able to make an impression. Lance Woolridge is at the wheel, after stepping in as a reserve driver at the end of last season. Based on his good showing then, he is contesting this season as a full-time driver.
Alongside him, off-road specialist Christine Giampaoli Zonca – “Christine GZ” for short – will be racing for Veloce after switching from Xite Energy Racing for the new season. However, there was a scare during the Desert X-Prix, when Christine GZ suffered a broken foot in a nasty crash that also seriously damaged her Odyssey 21.
On Instagram, she reported on a fracture in three places, with updates on the necessary surgery and her current recovery. You can follow her on social media as she works towards her comeback – because the next race is already waiting: In summer, Extreme E plans to hold the “Island X-Prix” in Sardinia. More information will follow soon.