The current change represents the third out of three events for the grand finale. The grid was reduced to three cars for the inaugural event in Saudi Arabia due to excess dust levels in the desert, while Senegal’s calmer sand paved the way for a four-car battle. Now, ahead of the Greenland Arc X-Prix next weekend, five teams will compete for the final, with the top two from both semi-finals and the playoff winner “Crazy Race”.
This comes in tandem with changes to the qualifying format, which aim to favor teams that experience problems at the start of the event. In particular, Stephane Sarrazin’s rollover for Veloce Racing in Saudi Arabia allowed teammate Jamie Chadwick (who will be replaced by Emma Gilmour in Greenland due to the concurrent W Series at Spa) to complete just one lap in the shakedown.
The changes will allow each team to complete two qualifying laps on Saturday morning – one for each man and woman – and two in the afternoon. The times will then translate into non-championship points on a ranking ranging from nine for the winner, eight for second place and so on.
Here is a statement from Extreme E: “The combined total of these ranking points provides the intermediate ranking, which is based on points rather than times, as seen in Saudi Arabia and Senegal. This implies a more equal opportunity for all teams to make progress, particularly if a short time or a retreat are recorded in a session, for example “.
Jamie Chadwick, Stephane Sarrazin, Veloce Racing
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However, the normal scoring system will be used for the rest, whereby the first qualified team earns 12 points and up to four points for the ninth place and the slowest team. In the final, the winning team will earn 25 points, 19 for the second and 18 for the third.
Extreme E co-founder and CEO Alejandro Agag said: “As a series we are always ready to evolve to create the best result ever, and we believe these format changes will offer more competition and even more exciting racing for our global fanbase.
“I can’t wait to see some of the biggest names in racing take part in the first ever motorsport event hosted in Greenland and see who will step up to the top step of the podium. The course itself looks incredible and I’m sure it will offer some close-quarters battles. , but it is important to note that we are running on an area that was once a glacier, but has retreated at an accelerated pace due to the climate crisis. “
So far, the Rosberg X Racing duo of three-time Rallycross World Champion Johan Kristoffersson and Australian Rally Champion Molly Taylor have won both events.