Driv­ers con­firmed for elec­tric Jag se­ries

JAGUAR I-PACE ETROPHY

Autosport (UK) - - CONTENTS - ALEX KALINAUCKAS

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.”

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