Drivers confirmed for electric Jag series
JAGUAR I-PACE ETROPHY
The first five confirmed drivers for the Jaguar I-PACE etrophy sampled their cars during a dedicated ‘acclimatisation test’ at Silverstone last week.
The two-day session formed the series’ first official test ahead of its introduction to the Formula E support bill at nine events over the 2018-19 championship.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, which had already announced Katherine Legge (above) and Bryan Sellers, Jaguar Brazil Racing and the Asia Pacific etrophy team were the squads taking part in the test.
JBR and AP also revealed their driver line-ups. The former will field five-time Brazilian Stock Car champion Caca Bueno and former GP2 and current sportscar racer Sergio Jimenez, with two-time New Zealand Touring Car champion Simon Evans – older brother of Jaguar FE driver Mitch Evans – competing for AP.
Only squads with confirmed driver line-ups took part in the test, but further multi-car teams from China, the Middle East and Europe are set to be confirmed in the coming weeks. Autosport has been informed that a team from Saudi Arabia with links to the organisers of the Ad Diriyah E-prix will field a two-car entry using drivers from that country.
“This is the first official launch running event, so the guys that have actually allocated their drivers have come out and seen their cars for the first time and driven them,” said series manager Marion Barnaby.
“They got used to the car; we ended with a full race run – 25 minutes plus one lap. That was so the drivers can get into the mindset of a full race weekend, feeling what the car moves like, what the tyres are like – building them up to get used to driving electric vehicles.”