FIVE DRIVERS FIGHT TO BE CROWNED FIRST JAGUAR I-PACE eTROPHY CHAMPION IN NEW YORK

10 July 2019

  • Sérgio Jimenez leads the PRO championship as we head to New York, with Bryan Sellers, Cacá Bueno, Simon Evans and Katherine Legge still in the fight for the inaugural eTROPHY championship title
  • Jimenez and his two closest rivals, Bryan Sellers and teammate Cacá Bueno, are separated by only 16 points
  • Bandar Alesayi looks to secure the PRO-AM title having led from round one in Saudi Arabia
  • All drivers will be fighting for the remaining 42 championship points during the New York double-header
  • Lights go green in Red Hook, Brooklyn for Round 9 at 14:00 ET on Saturday 13 July, with the epic finale, Round 10, commencing at 14:00 ET on Sunday 14 July

The race for the inaugural Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY championship culminates this weekend, with five drivers, separated by just 40 points, still competing for the title.

Having made it onto the podium for the seventh time this season in Berlin, Brazilian driver, Sérgio Jimenez, leads the PRO championship as the series heads to New York. With two races remaining and 42 points available this weekend, the battle to be crowned champion is likely to go down to the last race.

New York is the final race of the season and we are where we planned to be back at the beginning of the year: leading the championship and ready to fight for the first Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY title. I'm very confident going into this race. For the past few races we have found a good setup for the I-PACE, so it makes it easier for us to fine tune during the practice sessions. I believe the races will be close and, hopefully, I can bring the title back to Brazil.

Sérgio Jimenez
Jaguar Brazil Racing driver and current championship leader

I will approach the weekend the exact same way as all other weekends and try and execute to the best of my ability. I fully expect that we will be competitive and fight for the race win. Without a doubt this will be the most difficult weekend, but I think we are up for the challenge.

Bryan Sellers
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver

Fighting to remain on top of the PRO-AM championship table is Saudi Arabian driver, Bandar Alesayi. Having led the championship since the first race in December 2018, Alesayi will be keen to score maximum points to keep rivals Yaqi Zhang and team-mate Ahmed Bin Khanen at bay.

Taking the final VIP seat of the season is Mark Hacking, automotive journalist who will be racing for the first time in an electric car. The Canadian will be taking on a double-header, the first for a VIP guest driver, and will be writing about his eTROPHY experience in Luxury Magazine, which showcases the finest in luxury travel, technology and transportation.

I'm thrilled and honoured to be racing in the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY race in Brooklyn. I'm looking forward to hitting the track and seeing exactly what the race version of the I-PACE can do as well as mixing it up with the other drivers.

Mark Hacking
VIP guest driver for New York

The race for the inaugural 2019 Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Champion culminates on 13 and 14 July 2019 in New York, with five drivers chasing down the title.

Further information

 

For further information about Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY, please contact:

 

Imogen Shaw, Media Officer, Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY

Tel: + 44 (0) 7825 024 591

Email: imogen.shaw@jaguarracing.com

Notes to Editors

ABOUT JAGUAR I-PACE eTROPHY

After becoming the first premium manufacturer to enter the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in 2016, Jaguar has now created the world’s first production battery electric vehicle race series – the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY.

The history-making championship is the official support race to the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, with up to 20 cars taking to the grid from season five onwards.

The series supports the launch of the Jaguar I-PACE, Jaguar’s first battery electric vehicle, and reinforces Jaguar Land Rover’s future electrification strategy, commitment to electric street racing and ‘Race to Innovate’ mission.

Championship partners include official tyre supplier Michelin, official charging partner ABB, technical partner Sabelt, official clothing supplier One All Sports, official racewear supplier Alpine Stars and official logistics partner DHL.