Tamara Molinaro has been unveiled as the new championship driver for the Extreme E electric off-road series following the news that Julia Kleinschmidt has been announced as the driver for the rest of 2021 for Team ABT CUPRA XE.
The Italian came to motorsport at an early age. She started her career at the age of 11 and gradually moved up to the U27 European Rally Championship, where she took the women’s title in 2017.
She then moved to the WRC2 class of the World Rally Championship and in 2019 she raced as the only woman in WRC support with a Titans RX Rallycross Championship campaign, where she took 5th overall.
In 2020 Tamara participated in the Italian Gravel Championship and finished 1st in the women’s classification and 2nd in the U25 classification. She will still participate in 2021 as well. In the San Marino Rally, she finished 7th, which brought her 6th overall.
In Extreme E she will now compete alongside Timo Schneider and serve not only as a substitute driver but also as an advisor.
Tamara Molinaro said:
“I have been working really hard to try and get involved in Extreme E over the past few months as I’ve followed the series with huge interest since the beginning. I think it is one of the most exciting and fair racing formats ever and the thought of being able to race with a purpose gives me extra motivation.
“My goal has always been to make it to the top of the motorsport ladder so the opportunity to work within Extreme E as a Championship Driver is a dream come true, and I will put all my efforts into doing my job in the best way possible. I can’t wait to get started in Greenland!”
James Taylor, Chief Championships Officer, Extreme E also appeared pleased with the new addition and said:
“We are delighted to welcome Tamara to Extreme E. She has a great pedigree already at such a young age in both rallying and rallycross, and we think she will bring a lot to Extreme E and be the perfect replacement should any teams require her at our upcoming X Prixs.”
“But her role is much wider than that, and we are looking forward to having her in Greenland with us for the Arctic X Prix and receiving her input on the course alongside Timo Scheider. Having spent time as both a driver and co-driver she has a fantastic perspective on racing, so her feedback will be crucial to creating another spectacular X Prix.”
“Finally, our thanks and appreciation go out to Tamara’s predecessor Jutta Kleinschmidt who played a big part in the success of our opening two events. We now look forward to watching her race for ABT CUPRA XE for the rest of the season.”