Extreme E’s first qualifying spherical ends with Nico Rosberg’s group out front

There’s some other spherical ahead, in addition to fan vote casting to decide who begins off evolved in which

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Extreme E — the off-street electric-powered racing collection that began out through Formula E founder Alejandro Agag — has kicked off its first race weekend in Saudi Arabia, with 9 groups of paired women and men drivers competing in Odyssey 21 electric powered SUVs. Its first qualifying consultation simply ended, with numerous interesting moments as drivers struggled to live at the 18km path and set a time, inflicting the consultation to remaining greater than 3 and a 1/2 of hours.

As Motorsport.com notes, Johan Kristoffersson and Molly Taylor controlled to location P1, finishing a smooth lap in each stint for the automobile subsidized through former F1 champion Nico Rosberg.

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The X44 group entered through contemporary F1 champion Lewis Hamilton positioned 2d, with Cristine Gutierrez finishing the second one 1/2 of speedy after World Rally champion Sebastian Loeb ran off the path early in his stint.

The Abt Cupra and Veloce Racing each notched DNFs after crashing out with a few horrifying rollovers, however, the drivers had been secure and each group will preserve on.

A 2d qualifying consultation has but to start and could start at around 6 AM ET, as groups compete to move up or down the order primarily based totally at the blended time in their first rounds.

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The placements in qualifying — in addition to GridPlay vote casting through fans — decide every group’s course to the eventual Desert X Prix Final on Sunday, in which 3 groups will war it out wheel-to-wheel to decide the race winner.

Desert X Prix Finals Day features a series of three car races.

The teams will be listed 1st to 9th place based on the total combined time of each team’s two Qualifying runs.

The top three teams go into the Semi-Final, where the the top two finishers claim spots in the Desert X Prix Final.

The middle three teams (4th, 5th, 6th) go through to The Crazy Race – where only the top finisher progresses to Desert X Prix Final.

The bottom three teams (7th, 8th and 9th) head to the Shoot Out.

Extreme E is airing in the US on Fox Sports, in addition to Sky Sports, BBC, and BT Sport withinside the UK.

IT’s additionally to be had for viewing on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch because the collection attempts to help its claimed intention of bringing interest to environmental challenges.

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 The very last race software is ready to begin at five AM ET on Sunday morning, in case you are in the US you could watch qualifying on Fox Sports 2 beginning at 10 AM ET.

Update: There at the moment are 8 groups competing, as Veloce Racing decided their Odyssey 21 chassis became too broken in the crash to soundly main this weekend.

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