Extreme E: Rosberg X Racing also wins Sunday's race at the Island X Prix
The German team Rosberg X Racing took victory in the sixth race of the 2023 Extreme E season. Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky and Johan Kristoffersson were once again the first team across the finish line in the second round of the "double-header" of the Island X Prix in Sardinia, which was held in much cooler temperatures than the previous day. Acciona Sainz finished second ahead of Andretti Altawkilat. In the overall standings, Rosberg thus caught up with Sainz, while Veloce Racing continues to lose ground.
Johan Kristoffersson got the best start, moving into the favored middle lane despite the inside starting position, as did RJ Anderson and Tanner Foust. Fraser McConnell, who was also trying to get into the middle lane, was pushed off and ended up in the bushes, where he caught a flat right front. He pitted at the end of the first lap and trailed the field by two minutes. Kristoffersson held a commanding lead and went to the driver change with a lead of around four seconds. Behind him, Anderson and Foust drove side by side into the switch zone. JBXE driver Hedda Hosas, who was the only woman driving at the start, entered the switch zone in fourth place, more than twelve seconds behind, and handed over the wheel to Andreas Bakkerud.
Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky managed the lead in her two laps, but Amanda Sorenson was getting closer. The Swede finally crossed the finish line 1.6 seconds ahead. Andreas Bakkerud closed on Emma Gilmour and attacked the McLaren on the final lap. However, he lost a lot of momentum in a corner and finished fourth. McLaren was subsequently given a 15.7-second time penalty for allegedly falling short of the minimum pit stop time. However, this penalty was cancelled a few minutes later.
Result: 1st RXR, 2nd CGR, 3rd McLaren, 4th JBXE, 5th X44
In the second heat, the male drivers contested the first stint for all teams. Again, four drivers opted for the much faster center line, with only ABT Cupra driver Sebastien Loeb attempting a different line. However, the drivers sorted themselves out in a much more disciplined manner than in the first heat because Ekström and Scheider braked briefly. Timmy Hansen took the lead ahead of his brother Kevin, behind him Timo Scheider took third place. Mattias Ekström pushed past the German after a few corners with a daring maneuver, who subsequently had to defend hard against Loeb. At the start of the second lap, Kevin Hansen pushed past his brother and drove to the driver change with a lead of 1.8 seconds. The field was close together, with only around seven seconds separating all five cars.
There were no more position changes among the female drivers, so Molly Taylor drove home the win ahead of Catie Munnings and Laia Sanz. Lia Block for Carl Cox Motorsport finished fourth, but received a ten-second time penalty for knocking down a waypoint flag. As a result, Klara Andersson for ABT Cupra moved up to fourth place.
Result: 1st Veloce, 2nd Andretti, 3rd Sainz, 4th ABT, 5th Carl Cox
Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinksy took the lead at the start ahead of Catie Munnings, the two dueling for the top spot over both laps. Behind them was Klara Andersson ahead of Emma Gilmour and Cristina Gutierrez, who could not keep up the pace at the front. Gutierrez overtook Gilmour and put pressure on Andersson, who initially managed to hold on to 3rd place. Gutierrez passed Andersson just before the end of the second lap, but contact between the cars broke the rear suspension on the X44 car. With a twelve-second gap, Andersson drove to the driver change in third place. Emma Gilmour in the McLaren was at the rear of the field at this point, 30 seconds behind.
After the driver change, Kristoffersson quickly opened up a lead over Timmy Hansen. Behind, Tanner Foust was now third, just ahead of Sebastien Loeb after a slow driver change at ABT Cupra. For X44, however, the race was over, the damage was too great. Shortly afterwards, however, the drama for McLaren: Foust also pitted with a broken rear suspension and parked the McLaren. Nothing more happened at the front, Kristoffersson won ahead of Hansen, Loeb came in third.
Result: 1st RXR, 2nd Andretti, 3rd ABT, 4th McLaren, 5th X44
Amanda Sorenson immediately took the lead at the start ahead of Molly Taylor, Laia Sanz and Lia Block. Taylor, however, dropped back to fifth shortly after. Andreas Bakkerud in the JBXE car put a lot of pressure on Block, as did Molly Taylor. On the second lap, Sanz slipped past Sorensen and took the lead. Block also tried to pass, but touched Sorenson in the process and lost so much momentum that Bakkerud pushed past her. Bakkerud also overtook Sorenson just before entering the switch zone.
Ekström took over the Sainz car in the lead and opened up a big gap on Hedda Hosas, who came under pressure from Timo Scheider and Kevin Hansen. RJ Anderson had lost a lot of time at the driver change and followed ten seconds behind. Hansen attacked Scheider, the cars touched and Hansen lost both the front and rear panelling on his Odyssey 21. Scheider pushed past Hosas in the battle for second place, but pushed her off the track. As a result, the stewards retroactively moved Carl Cox back behind JBXE. Kevin Hansen lost a lot of ground with the damaged car and even dropped back behind Anderson. At the front, Ekström drove home an unchallenged victory.
Results: 1st Sainz, 2nd JBXE, 3rd Carl Cox, 4th CGR, 5th Veloce
Qualifying result at Island X Prix II
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The "losers" of qualifying also battled for the first championship points in Sunday's Redemption Race: X44, Carl Cox Motorsport, ABT Cupra, McLaren and Veloce. At the start, Sebastian Loeb moved into the lead ahead of Fraser McConnell and Kevin Hansen. Timo Scheider was initially in fourth place, but had to let Tanner Foust pass on the first lap, who then also put Hansen under pressure. Loeb went to the driver change with a one-second lead, Hansen was six seconds back in third place. Scheider suffered a puncture on the second lap and lost a lot of time.
Klara Andersson exited the switch zone immediately ahead of Cristina Gutierrez, but was subsequently able to keep the Spaniard behind her. Behind, Molly Taylor closed in on the pair. Andersson, however, was not rattled and won the Redemption Race ahead of Gutierrez and Taylor. X44, however, still received two 10-second time penalties because Gutierrez had dropped the flag at two waypoints. Veloce Racing thus inherited second place.
Results: 1st ABT, 2nd Veloce, 3rd X44, 4th McLaren, 5th Carl Cox
The top five teams from qualifying qualified for the final. "Grid Play" voting decided which teams got to choose their grid position first.
At the start, all the drivers again wanted to take the middle lane, which again didn't go well: Timmy Hansen was pushed into the bushes and lost a lot of ground. Ekström briefly took the lead, but Kristoffersson then passed. RJ Anderson was in third place, behind him Hansen overtook Hosas and was now fourth. Ekström put Kristoffersson under pressure and attacked him. Anderson took the opportunity to catch up with the two leaders, and Hansen also found his way back to the top four. The drivers then drove into the switch zone with a gap of less than two seconds each, with only Hosas significantly behind.
The positions remained almost unchanged at the driver change, but Ahlin-Kottulinksy extended the lead a little. Laia Sanz, however, managed to catch up with the Rosberg driver. Behind her, Catie Munnings caught up with Amanda Sorenson, and Bakkerud also closed the gap more and more. However, Sanz made a mistake in the first sector of the final lap and lost the gap. Munnings still pushed past Sorenson and finished third.
Result: 1st RXR, 2nd Sainz, 3rd Andretti, 4th CGR, 5th: JBXE
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In the overall standings, Acciona Sainz thus retains the leading position, second is now RXR after two race wins in Sardinia. Behind them are Veloce, CGR and X44. The next opportunity for the teams to score points will be on September 16 and 17, when the next "double-header" of the race series will take place. However, the location and also the name of the race have not yet been determined.