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Sérgio Jimenez returns to defend Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy Title

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Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY inaugural champion, Sérgio Jimenez, will return to the series to defend his title which starts later this month in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia on 22 and 23 November. The ten round series has also announced the addition of Sanya, China on 21 March 2020 to confirm the season two calendar.

Following four one-two finishes last season, Jaguar Brazil Racing are looking to build on their success with an unchanged line up of Jimenez and fellow Brazilian, Cacá Bueno.

Sérgio Jimenez, Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY champion said: “I am very happy to be back for season two along with Cacá. We worked well together last season and we want to continue that success for the team. The changes to the car and of course ATTACK MODE will mean the races are much more exciting and I can’t wait for the season to start.”

Cacá Bueno said: “It feels good to be returning to the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY. After a competitive finish to last season, I am looking forward to racing and challenging to become the next champion, I have a tough challenge ahead, but I look forward to a great season with an improved car. ATTACK MODE will make the racing more exhilarating and I’m looking forward to it.”

After an impressive drive in the VIP car at the opening weekend of season one, Alice Powell joins the line up for season two with Jaguar ran racing eTROPHY Team Germany. Following a successful third place finish in the recent W Series, the Brit returns to the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY looking to add to her recent run of success.

Alice Powell said: “I really enjoyed my first experience of electric racing in Saudi Arabia last year and it’s great to be back. I followed the first season from afar after my cameo, but I’m now here to win!”

Saudi Racing has revealed that Fahad Algosaibi and Mashhur Bal Hejaila will be its new drivers for the upcoming series. Saudi Racing hopes these dynamic and accomplished drivers will build on the success of Bandar Alesayi last season .

Fahad Algosaibi has a long history in racing, extending back to 2009. The 26-year-old has raced in six seasons of the Porsche GT3 Challenge Middle East and in 2015, he came third in the 24H Dubai 997 race.

Algosaibi’s teammate, Mashhur Bal Hejaila, has an equally impressive racing career. He competed in the Formula Gulf 1000 series for two seasons, with third overall in 2015 and fourth in 2016. 

Fahad Algosaibi said: “I am extremely excited to be representing Saudi Racing in the upcoming eTROPHY series and we are very excited to have the first races in Saudi. There is going to be a lot of pressure as some of the drivers have raced in the previous season and we have a lot of catching up to do, but it is going to be fun. It has been extremely valuable having time to test the cars this week in the UK and to get used to them. There are a lot of features we aren’t used to like ATTACK MODE, so it is great to have the opportunity to do this before our first race in Diriyah.”

Mashhur Bal Hejaila said: “The opportunity to race in the eTROPHY series is an honour and I am thrilled to be representing Saudi Racing. Fahad and I have raced a lot in Dubai and Abu Dhabi but never in Saudi so this is great news for us. The car has exceeded my expectations in testing this week. I have raced formula cars before, but this is my first time driving an electric racing car. It feels really good to push myself and the I-PACE to the limit.”

Team China Racing also return to the grid with Yaqi Zhang and new driver Sun Chao. Yaqi secured eight podium finishes last season in the PRO-AM category and will look to build on his success over the next 10 races.

Yaqi Zhang said: “I am looking forward to returning for season two of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY to build on my podium finishes from last season. I am confident that Sun and I will form a strong partnership, bringing podiums and wins for the team.”

Sun Chao said: “I am very pleased to be joining the Jaguar China Racing team this season partnering with Yaqi. I am looking forward to the first race in Saudi, and our home race in Sanya in March.” 

Mark Turner, Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Series Manager said: "I would like to warmly welcome all the drivers – both returning and new – to the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY. Following a successful testing event in Bedford this week, we are confident that this grid line up will provide exciting racing and a challenge for podium finishes. As we approach the start of season two, these drivers’ skills and expertise are an asset to the series. I am sure these drivers will perform brilliantly throughout the season and I wish them the best of luck.”

More drivers joining the eTROPHY grid will be announced soon.

Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY has applied some changes to the series to make it even more electrifying in season two. This includes implementing ATTACK MODE which provides a 20% increase in power for a specified duration. With the success of ATTACK MODE in Formula E, eTROPHY aims to replicate this by injecting more excitement and competition to the races.

**Calendar change**

The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY has confirmed round four of the series in Sanya, China on 21 March 2020

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