SÉRGIO JIMENEZ WINS ROUND TWO AND SECURES FASTEST LAP IN DIRIYAH

23 November 2019

  • Sérgio Jimenez leads race from start to finish after starting in pole position
  • Round one winner Simon Evans secures second place and co-leads the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series with Jimenez
  • Alice Powell finishes P3 with a double podium performance in the opening weekend of season two of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY in Diriyah
  • Zhang Yaqi was victorious again in the PRO-AM category
  • The all-electric touring series resumes in Mexico City on 15 February 2020

Reigning champion Sérgio Jimenez claimed his first victory of the new season in an eventful round two of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. Changes to Sérgio’s car set up proved successful in qualifying securing pole position for the race, resulting in a win and the fastest race lap in 1:30.564. 

The weekend was good, I’m really happy with two podium finishes in the first two races. Yesterday was tough as we made some mistakes matching the car to the track, but to come away with a P2 finish was great. Today we changed things and moved in the right direction. I was faster than Simon (Evans) in parts, and he was faster in others, but I was able to manage the pressure. I used ATTACK MODE at the right times too. Winning one race and second in the other and joint leading the series with Simon is a good place to be as we look towards the next race.

Sérgio Jimenez
ZEG iCarros Jaguar Brazil driver

Fresh from his victory in round one yesterday, Simon Evans showcased his competitiveness, challenging Jimenez for the duration of the race. Jimenez defended his position on the narrow Diriyah track, not allowing Evans the opportunity to overtake. Evans started and finished in second.

 

Abbie Eaton finished in a respectable fifth after joining the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY for the weekend as a VIP driver.

I’ve really enjoyed my time driving the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY. I’ve learned a huge amount about how to get the most out of an electric car and it’s really surprised me - in a good way. The racing has been really close with only a few tenths between the top five drivers which makes it even more exciting. I’d love to come back and race for the series in the future.

Abbie Eaton
Jaguar VIP driver
Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY, Season Two, Diriyah E-Prix
Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY, Season Two, Diriyah E-Prix
Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY, Season Two, Diriyah E-Prix

After an impressive qualifying in which he challenged the PRO category drivers for grid positions, PRO-AM driver Fahad Algosaibi started the race well. Contact with ZEG iCarros Jaguar Brazil guest driver Mário Haberfeld forced the local Saudi Arabian into the wall, resulting in a red flag with 11 minutes to go. When the race resumed, drivers worked to use their remaining ATTACK MODE to their advantage, with Zhang Yaqi maintaining his winning streak in the PRO-AM category.

 

Local Saudi VIP Driver Reema Juffali had to retire from the race close to the end due to car damage.

Round two of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY has provided another exciting day of racing. The re-start after the red flag showed the importance of choosing the right time to deploy ATTACK MODE. This was the first time we have really seen how influential it can be in a race, and we are looking forward to seeing the impact it has on the series as we move through the season. Congratulations to Sergio Jimenez on his first win of the season. We will now prepare for the next race in Mexico City.

Mark Turner
Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Series Manager

SÉRGIO JIMINEZ WINS ROUND TWO AND SECURES FASTEST LAP IN DIRIYAH

The final results are:

 

Position

Driver

Nationality

Team

Classification

1

Sérgio Jimenez

BRA

ZEG iCarros Jaguar Brazil

PRO

2

Simon Evans

NZL

Team Asia New Zealand

PRO

3

Alice Powell

GBR

Jaguar Ran Racing eTROPHY Team Germany

PRO

4

Abbie Eaton

GBR

Jaguar VIP car

Guest

5

Zhang Yaqi

CHN

Jaguar China Racing

PRO AM

6

Sun Chao

CHN

Jaguar China Racing

PRO AM

7

Mário Haberfeld

BRZ

ZEG iCarros Jaguar Brazil

PRO

8

Mashhur Bal Hejaila

SAU

Saudi Racing

PRO AM

DNF

 

Fahad Algosaibi

SAU

Saudi Racing

PRO AM

 

Reema Juffali

SAU

Jaguar VIP car

Guest

 

 

SERIES STANDINGS POST DIRIYAH – PRO

 

Driver

Driver Flag

Team

Car number

Total points

 

Simon Evans

NZL

Team Asia New Zealand

99

36

Sérgio Jimenez

BRA

ZEG iCarros Jaguar Brazil

10

36

Alice Powell

GBR

Jaguar Ran Racing eTROPHY Team Germany

7

22

Mário Haberfeld (Caca Bueno from Mexico City)

BRZ

ZEG iCarros Jaguar Brazil

0

16

 

SERIES STANDINGS POST DIRIYAH – PRO-AM

 

Driver

Driver Flag

Team

Car number

Total points

 

Zhang Yaqi

CHN

Jaguar China Racing

9

42

Chao Sun

CHN

Jaguar China Racing

8

26

Fahad Algosaibi

SAU

Saudi Racing

13

15

Mashhur Bal Hejaila

SAU

Saudi Racing

34

19

The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY returns for round three on Saturday 15 February 2020 as the official support race to the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

Further information

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

Emma White, Media Officer, Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY

Tel: + 44 (0) 7384 438 643

Email: emma.white@jaguarracing.com

 

Emily Hogg, Global Brand and Partnerships Officer, Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY

Tel: + 44 (0) 7384 532 605

Email: ehogg2@jaguarlandrover.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 created the world’s first all-electric touring car race series for a production car – the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY.

 

Exclusively featuring Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY racecars, the all-electric series gives drivers of the future and established racers a chance to showcase their talent, competing on the world stage in zero-emissions motorsport. After making history in the inaugural season, the groundbreaking series will see up to 20 identical Jaguar I-PACE battery electric racecars on the grid in 10 races, across eight global cities.

 

New for season two is the introduction of ATTACK MODE providing an extra 20% in torque and power for a specified duration (defined at race) providing increased race strategy and additional overtaking opportunities.

 

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 the team’s mission of ‘Fearless Progress’.