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Race venue announced for July: Extreme E returns to Scotland for Hydro X Prix

Timo Pape

Timo Pape

After a five-month break, the 2024 Extreme E season will resume on 17 and 18 July. As the electric series announced on Thursday, it will return to Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland for the Hydro X Prix, where it already made an appearance in 2023. Once again, a double-header with two race days is on the programme. Until now, Extreme E had not named a venue for the event.

A good year ago, two turbulent races took place in Scotland on the site of the former Glenmuckloch coal mine in the Queensberry Estate. The victorious teams back then were X44 Vida Carbon Racing and E.ON Veloce Racing. As usual, the exact details of the apparently modified track for 2024 will only be published shortly before the Hydro X Prix.

The restored former coal mine is currently in the next phase of its extensive transformation into a pumped storage power plant (PSH) and wind farm. The backdrop, combined with motorsport, is intended to raise awareness of climate change and global solutions to fight it.

"Returning to the UK and Scotland for the next event of the 2024 Extreme E season is an exciting prospect for our championship," says Alejandro Agag, founder and CEO of Extreme E. "Last year's event was a huge success and we can't wait to return to such a dramatic location (...) that also puts sustainability at the centre of everything we do."

Extreme E wants to transform river basin to protect salmons

"Scotland is strongly committed to a clean energy future and renewable energy sources, and our Hydro X Prix is a great opportunity to highlight these important issues so close to home," continues Agag, whose racing series is based in London.

As part of the X Prix, Extreme E intends to continue its legacy initiatives locally. From replanting more than a thousand trees to monitoring water quality and temperatures, the racing series will continue to focus on a long-term transformation of the River Nith basin to protect salmon stocks vital to the local industry.

"The news of the Extreme E return is very exciting for Buccleuch and the Dumfries and Galloway region," said Anna Fergusson, Estate Director at Queensberry Estate. "The 2023 races at Glenmuckloch were exciting and Extreme E's commitment to local young people and their environmental project on the River Nith have left a lasting heritage."

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