After an eventful race, RxR seized the win of the Ocean X-Prix, consolidating their championship lead as X44 and JBXE had to withdraw from the event.
This morning, X44, RxR, Veloce Racing, and JBXE came out on top of the semi-finals, securing a spot for the final race at the same time. On the other side of the leaderboard, Sainz XE, as well as Chip Ganassi Racing and Andretti United also had a lot to play for in the shootout, although they did not make it into the semi-finals.
The shootout race gave the start of a very promising afternoon schedule. After encountering a cooling system issue during yesterday’s first qualifying session, Carlos Sainz and Laia Sanz were flunked out of the semi-finals and were now given a single opportunity to regain control of their weekend – the shootout race that aims to distinguish the last three spots of the X-Prix overall ranking in a two-lap race.
Nonetheless, the Spanish crew was not the single contender to claim the top spot of the shootout race. Chip Ganassi Racing already proved to be tremendously fast on the Senegalese sand with Kyle Leduc still being the owner of the overall fastest lap of the weekend, lapping the 6 km track in just 4:36.470.
The event started and Sainz straight away set the rhythm, leaving his opponents in his mirrors and taking a very comfortable lead after one lap of racing, while Sara Price and Timmy Hansen were engaged in a ferocious wheel-to-wheel fight in the bumpy and sinuous section of the track.
After the driver change, the Sainz XE crew was still on top as Chip Ganassi Racing saw the victory fly away when they encountered issues at the restart and were outrun by their opponents. Easily giving up is however definitely not a character trait of Leduc as the American started to set an infernal rhythm, leaving absolutely no space for concurrence and taking all the risks to claim the first position of the event.
Before emerging on the start-finish straight, the job was already done for the American driver that just pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in Extreme E’s history, claiming the win of the event for Chip Ganassi Racing after taking the worst possible start. The Acciona Sainz XE Team finished the event in P2 as Andretti United completed the classification.
The final race was up next. The X44 car obtained the most votes and was, therefore, handed the most favorable grid position. The race started extremely well for RxR and X44 that already gave a great shown down the straight line, fighting to find the best positioning in order to acquire the best straight-line speed possible. However, things quickly got out of control when Cristina Gutierrez and Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky both retired from the race after damaging their respective SUVs.
The first lap ended with just just a half of the starting grid left – Veloce Racing and RxR. The race was then red-flagged to evacuate the two cars in distress. The event got especially interesting when the race control asked the teams to place themselves on the grid for a new standing start. Everything was yet to be done and a new race started for the overall victory of the Ocean X-Prix.
Unfortunately for Jamie Chadwick, Johan Kristoffersson let all his talent talk and seized a dominant win at the Ocean X-Prix. Veloce Racing still claimed a very positive P2, as X44 and JBXE were not as lucky, having to withdraw from the event and therefore sharing the third and fourth spots of the final race.
Overall 2021 Extreme E Ocean X-Prix standings:
|5||ABT Cupra XE||7|
|6||XITE Energy Racing||5|
|7||SEGI TV Chip Ganassi Racing||8|
|8||Acciona Sainz XE Team||4|
|9||Andretti United Extreme E||3|