Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Round 8 of 10 in the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY
Berlin E-Prix – Berlin, Germany
NEWS & NOTES:
DATE: Saturday, May 25, 2019
QUALIFYING BROADCAST: Streamed live on Jaguar Racing’s Facebook page at 4:35-5:05 p.m. local time on Saturday, May 24 (10:35–11:05 a.m. ET)
RACE BROADCAST: Streamed live on Jaguar Racing’s Facebook page at 3:15 p.m. local time on Saturday, May 25 (9:15 a.m. ET).
TRACK LAYOUT: 2.375 km, 10-turn street course (five left, five right)
RACE LENGTH: 25 minutes + 1 lap
KATHERINE LEGGE’S BEST SERIES START / FINISH: Won Round 2 in Mexico City from pole. Led every lap to become the first female to win on an ABB Formula E weekend.
BRYAN SELLERS’ BEST SERIES START/FINISH: Won Round 6 in Paris from pole / 1st in Hong Kong to become the first American to win on an ABB Formula E weekend, 1st in Paris.
RLL’S BEST START / FINISH IN SERIES: 1st – Mexico City (Legge), Paris (Sellers) / 1st – Mexico City (Legge), Hong Kong & Paris (Sellers)
NOTES & QUOTES:
FIRST RACE IN GERMANY FOR RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING
Round 8 of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY will mark the team’s first race in Berlin specifically and Germany in general. The team’s two-car I-PACE program for drivers Katherine Legge and Bryan Sellers compliments long standing programs in the IndyCar Series and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. All three programs have won events this season. The Jaguar I-PACE program has won three of the seven rounds to date including consecutive 1-2 finishes in Rounds 2 and 3 with wins by Legge in Mexico City and Sellers in Hong Kong and a win by Bryan Sellers from pole in Paris to become the first repeat winner in series history. Five different drivers have won with Simon Evans having won in Saudi Arabia, Caca Bueno in Sanya and Monaco and Sergio Jimenez in Rome.
KATHERINE AND BRYAN RECAP MONACO AND ITS IMPACT ON THE SEASON
“Monaco was a tough day for me,” said Legge. “After having two punctures in qualifying, I got taken out at the start of the race. One to forget and move on to the next! It was cool to drive at such an iconic place though!”
“I found Monaco to be a challenging event personally,” added Sellers. “The track was very different to what we are normally used to. With the compressed weekend I think you must roll out to the first session with a good feeling and a good car to try and make the most of the weekend. Unfortunately I did not have that feeling right away. Having said all of that I feel like we were able to make the most of the weekend and walk away with a podium which was amazing.”
SELLERS AND LEGGE ARE 1ST AND 5TH IN SERIES POINT STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 7 OF 10
Bryan Sellers leads the series standings with 93 points. Sergio Jimenez is second with 92 and Simon Evans is third with 76 points, Caca Bueno is fourth with 70 and Katherine Legge is fifth with 62. Five different drivers have won the seven races to date with Sellers and Bueno being the only repeat winners so far.
KATHERINE AND BRYAN ON THE TIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP AND KEY TO AN EVENT
“I think the last couple of races have put me out of the heat of the chase for the championship,” said Legge. “I don’t have much to lose at this point and will just be going for wins.”
“At this moment I’m honestly not thinking about the points at all. It’s so wide open I think the bigger focus should be on executing on the race weekends that we have left. I feel like we need to do our jobs as a program and deliver the best results we possibly can and see where that leads us.”
KATHERINE AND BRYAN ON THE BERLIN LAYOUT
“I heard the Berlin layout is pretty unique and I am looking forward to it,” said Legge. “I think it has a few decreasing radius turns which could be tricky in the I-PACE, and a few really long corners and it’s pretty wide. It even has a tunnel.”
“Berlin looks to be quite wide and again very different to most of the tracks we race on,” added Sellers. “It’s more of a standard time and session schedule, so it will be good to be able to get back on track and get some testing in.”
KATHERINE AND BRYAN ON RACING IN BERLIN
“I have been to Germany many times but I’m looking forward to going back,” said Legge.
“I have been to Germany and more specifically to Berlin. Germany is one of my favorite places to travel,” added Sellers. “I love the people, the culture, and the food. I cannot wait to get there and get the weekend started. “
ABOUT THE SERIES
The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY is the official support race to ABB FIA Formula E from season five onwards. The championship, a world first, will take place over 10 rounds in nine global cities, with up to 20 entrants competing for a prize fund in excess of £500,000. After becoming the first premium manufacturer to enter the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in 2016, Jaguar has now created the world’s first production battery electric vehicle race series – the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY. The history-making championship is the official support race to the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, with up to 20 cars taking to the grid from season five onwards. The series supports the launch of the Jaguar I-PACE, Jaguar’s first battery electric vehicle, and reinforces Jaguar Land Rover’s future electrification strategy, commitment to electric street racing and ‘Race to Innovate’ mission.