Extreme E co-founder Alejandro Agag said after de inaugural race of the competition that he could not write “a better script” for the event in Saudi Arabia and that the final race had created “motorsport gold”.
He described the two years since he and Indianapolis 500 winner, Gil de Ferran created the idea for Extreme E as “waterlogged” and acknowledged that reliability issues for the Spark Racing Technology-built Odyssey 21 E-SUV and several large crashes had created a “very difficult” weekend.
Agag reckoned “everything came together” in the AlUla desert, adding that he could not have created a better storyline for a “perfect weekend”.
“It’s been beyond my wildest expectations. It has been the best weekend I can think of. If you were to write a script for the perfect weekend, I would not have come up with a better script than what happened here the last two days. This is a new championship and it is an extreme championship,” he said.
It should be noted on the Thursday prior to the X-Prix, the format was changed to replace multi-car qualifying heats with single-entry time trials and races were limited with three cars due to excessive dust levels.
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Although he raised the issue that most races had been settled, he defended the lack of wheel-to-wheel action, commenting that Extreme E had created “motorsport gold”.
“For me, the 20 or 30 seconds that we saw after the start of the final are motorsport gold. Those are the moments that really deserve the glory. I’m over the moon.”
“The Electric Odissey” heads to Dakar, Senegal for Round 2 on 29/30 May.
Written by | Gabriel Sayago