SÉRGIO JIMENEZ TAKES JAGUAR I-PACE eTROPHY SERIES LEAD IN MEXICO CITY

16 February 2020

The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY returned for round three bringing Mexican heat to the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez circuit.

  • Sérgio Jimenez moves to the top of the leader board after securing second win in a row
  • Takuma Aoki made history by becoming the first disabled person to compete in an international electric race series – securing a podium finish on his debut
  • VIP driver Mario Dominguez finishes third
  • Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY – the world’s first all-electric touring car race series returns for round four in Rome on 4 April 2020

Battling closely with series contender Simon Evans throughout the race, Sérgio Jimenez implemented a bold ATTACK MODE strategy to take the lead of the series after his second win in a row.

Japanese driver, Takuma Aoki, navigated the track well securing his first podium finish while making history becoming the first disabled person to compete in an international electric race series.

Local VIP driver Mario Domínguez secured a P3 finish - becoming the first VIP driver to make the top three in the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series.

It was disappointing that we weren’t able to qualify today but it was good that my Free Practice result meant I started on Pole. I knew that ATTACK MODE would be the key to winning today’s race so I took my time and waited until the last few laps before deploying it. It’s great I’m now leading the series and I look forward to Rome to continue scoring points.

Sérgio Jimenez
ZEG iCarros Jaguar Brazil driver

It feels amazing to have got a podium today in the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY, particularly as it’s my home country and in front of all the Mexican fans. In some ways I didn’t expect it, given my lap times yesterday in Free Practice. However I worked with the engineers to adjust the race car to improve my performance and it definitely paid off. I’d like to thank Jaguar for the opportunity.

Mario Domínguez
Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY VIP Driver
SÉRGIO JIMENEZ TAKES JAGUAR I-PACE eTROPHY SERIES LEAD IN MEXICO
SÉRGIO JIMENEZ TAKES JAGUAR I-PACE eTROPHY SERIES LEAD IN MEXICO
SÉRGIO JIMENEZ TAKES JAGUAR I-PACE eTROPHY SERIES LEAD IN MEXICO

The Safety Car was deployed after two minutes due to contact with Jaguar China Racing driver David Cheng and Mashhur Bal Hejaila, ending both drivers’ races. On green flag, the front four drivers activated ATTACK MODE to take advantage of the overtaking opportunities down the straight.

Former podium finisher Alice Powell had a frustrating race suffering with two punctures.

Although we didn’t get to qualify today because of track conditions, the front runners provided exciting racing with two clean overtakes in the final few minutes. It was fantastic to see Takuma Aoki take a podium in his first race and we look forward to watching him change his tactics throughout the remainder of the series. We look forward our next race on the tight city streets of Rome.

Mark Turner
Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Series Manger

I’m grateful to Jaguar China Racing for giving me the opportunity to race for them in Mexico City. I am disappointed with the result but driving in an electric series in my hometown will be an unforgettable memory. As a young racer travelling around the world, I love China, their culture and the amazing people there. I want to extend my support to this beautiful country suffering the current epidemic. My thoughts are with you, dear Chinese friends. Stay strong China!

Manuel Cabrera
Jaguar China Racing driver

I am delighted to race in Mexico on behalf of Jaguar China Racing. With the full support of the engineering team, I really enjoyed my experience. It’s extremely sad that my Chinese friends Zhang Yaqi and Sun Chao could not be here because of the coronavirus outbreak in China. I wish the best to all race fans in China and I hope the epidemic will be over very soon. Stay safe and well.

David Cheng
Jaguar China Racing driver

The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY returns for round four in Rome on 4 April 2020.

 

Final results for round three in Mexico City E-Prix:

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’.

Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY 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.