Two Extreme E races, two wins for Kristoffersson / Taylor de Rosberg
Rosberg X Racing teammates Johan Kristoffersson and Molly Taylor reigned supreme once again in the second round of the Extreme E at Lac Rose, Dakar, Senegal today as the duo overcame the intense pressure of his opponents to be crowned winner of the Ocean X Prix.
It was high drama in the grand finale of the electric SUV off-road racing series with two of the four cars scrapped at the first corner. This left Rosberg X Racing to extend their championship lead and Veloce Racing to pull off a surprise result, bouncing off a disastrous Desert X Prix.
The tight and technical course of the Ocean X Prix was a hit with the all-star pack of Extreme E drivers and resulted in tight races and several options for alternate routes that were rolled out throughout both competition days.
Segi TV Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kyle LeDuc won the Super Sector title, earning five more points for his team setting the fastest time of 1m50.891s – 1.289s ahead of Sébastien Loeb of X44.
AS IT HAPPENED
The drama unfolded before the first corner of the Ocean X Prize Grand Final as GridPlay winner Veloce Racing opted to start third on the grid, but the advantage was quickly lost when Stéphane Sarrazin was ousted at the first gate to return to last position.
Molly Taylor and Sarrazin therefore had to face each other for the lead, with the Frenchman closing the gap throughout the lap and finishing his stint on the heels of the 2016 Australian Rally champion.
To ensure officials could safely clear the crashed X44 and JBXE cars, a brief red flag was displayed as the intense battle for the head was suspended as the pilots made their way to the switch area.
A restart from the standing start was initiated as Jamie Chadwick and Johan Kristoffersson braced for an all-or-nothing one-lap showdown.
A tight drag race to the first gate ended with light contact between the two ODYSSEY 21s giving Kristoffersson the advantage. Once he reached the technical section of the course, the three-time FIA World Rallycross Champion began to stretch his legs, opening a 15-second advantage to successively win the second Extreme EX prize from Rosberg X Racing.
Rosberg X Racing rider Molly Taylor said: “It’s so fantastic to have won today! Coming here felt like we had a lot of work to do this weekend, and it certainly wasn’t easy, but in each session we just kept our heads down and just saw where we were. had to improve, and everything was totally paid off. at the end.
“It’s hard to predict anything in the Far E even if you have the best plan, but the team was awesome, and Johan really did a phenomenal job too.
“Obviously we couldn’t pick our grid position for the final so we were where we were and that for me was on the inside so it was about trying to get the position on the track – I really just tried to get it. it settled down as soon as I could, and then I stick to it. It’s a steep and pretty tight incline in the first corner, and as I passed I made contact, but it’s a tight race and it can happen.
“A very big thank you to the team who did an incredible job and to Johan, just as incredible.
“I am really happy to have won and it has been an incredible weekend!”
Rosberg X Racing rider Johan Kristoffersson said: “I am very happy to be the winner of Extreme E for the second time! Molly executed everything perfectly, she did an amazing job taking care of the circulation on her knees – I was really impressed with that. The team did a fantastic job as well, I have to say a big thank you for keeping me and Molly up to date this weekend as we really weren’t the fastest to come in this event, but in the end we were quick where we needed to be and got off to good starts so couldn’t wish for more than that. It is also very important to keep the car in one piece as you are heavily penalized if you cannot complete a race – so that can be difficult on its own as the race is close here and there is always the possibility of Of course there’s the terrain that’s tough on the cars – but it all makes for a great show which is awesome.
“When I got in the car for the standing start of the final the steering was a bit distorted so when I hit hyperdrive early I had a hard time holding on to it – unfortunately this led to a bit contact with Jamie, which was not at all intentional. But from there the car was running great and I was able to do whatever I needed. And here we are as winners – happy days! “
Veloce Racing driver Jamie Chadwick said: “Honestly, I really enjoyed the weekend. We went into the weekend with a bit of a plan, we needed the track time, the car wasn’t where we needed it at the start and I think we were running out of time at the seat a bit so our pace was not quite the fastest. so we just focused on our plan.
“It’s very different from single-seater driving and I’m constantly learning and I can’t really underestimate that but I think everyone is, it’s new to everyone. I really really enjoy the challenge and I think the coolest thing for me this weekend was that I almost got the chance to be flying with players like Sebastien Loeb and Johan Kristoffersson. To have never thought this was going to happen is crazy.
“I think Extreme E is such a crazy championship that taking P2 with the alternate strategy was great. A huge thank you to the team, I’m so grateful that we managed to make it through the weekend and get a podium.
“Over the next three months we will try to train and Greenland will present a new challenge. I want to be able to jump into anything and be quick.