Simon Evans has won the inaugural Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY race, making history in Saudi Arabia. Evans started in pole position after qualifying was cancelled resulting from heavy rain in Riyadh.
The starting grid was based on the outcome of Friday’s free rehearsal. Jaguar made history with all the debut of?the planet’s first all-electric production based championship, which were held in the historic surroundings of Ad Diriyah.
Jaguar’s VIP driver Alice Powell won the PRO-AM category and placed fifth overall, after from seventh position. Powell, Katherine Legge and Clia Martin were among the first women ever to race in Saudi Arabia, and the race was the 1st time individuals competed together while in the Kingdom.
Kiwi Evans led the race for 23 minutes + 1 lap, after a further sighting lap was added as a result of changing conditions. He was closely pursued by Bryan Sellers through to the penultimate lap, when Sergio Jimenez overtook the American to use second place. VIP driver Alice Powell overtook TWR TECHEETAH’s Stefan Rzadzinski and Saudi Racing’s Bandar Alesayi throughout a damp and challenging track. Katherine Legge set the best lap in the race using a 1:32.36.
Simon Evans, Team Asia New Zealand said: “It feels amazing to win the race from pole to flag – it is especially special. It wasn’t a simple race, and it also just shows within the practice times and also the race itself, the rest can be quite close. The very first win is definitely the one people want and hopefully we can continue the momentum to the next race in Mexico.”
Alice Powell said: “The pace was there for me personally in the first 1 / 2 of the race and that is fantastic. In some ways I didnrrrt expect it, given our times in reality. I knew I had to make my higher inside first four laps, so while in the first couple I made my moves and subsequently, your vehicle was fantastic. This has been great to race in Saudi Arabia and hopefully it will inspire a lot more women to acquire racing C a big thank you to Jaguar for the opportunity.”
Marion Barnaby, Championship Manager, Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY said: “What a good race along with a fantastic debut here in Saudi Arabia. We battled weather conditions and were disappointed to not ever complete qualifying nevertheless the race was exactly what we hoped: close, competitive racing that’s exciting to look at. The cars performed well and showed the ability and dependability of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY, a production-based car that basically shows anyone electrification is here now. Congratulations to our own first winner Simon Evans and also to our first VIP driver Alice Powell who fought a challenging race and is inspiring an era of female drivers through Saudi Arabia.”