The Extreme E fine-tunes all the details for its brand new first season, which is why the competition announced that they has strengthened the sports team with the appointments of Scot Elkins as race director and Guy Nicholls as sports director starting in 2021.
According to the official portal of the series, Elkins is well known in the world of motorsport and for the last three seasons he has served as the race director of the FIA Formula E Championship. During his career in that instance, Elkins has played a fundamental role in guaranteeing safe and fair races, an experience that the race director will now bring to the Extreme E.
Furthermore, the American has spent most of his path in motorsport. He started as an engineer for Robert Yates Racing in the NASCAR series. He also held technical sports positions with the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) and the Champ Car World Series, and has served as Deputy Director of Racing for the FIA Formula 1, FIA Formula 2 and FIA Formula 3 World Championship.
Elkins was also a director of the Motorsport Safety Foundation since 2015, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving safety standards in sport, a role in which he promotes safety education and awareness.
Elkins, now in his new role, said he was excited to join Extreme E. “It is a completely new championship with an interesting and admirable mission, so I’m delighted to be part of the team.”
“From my time in Formula E, I understand the workings of an electric motorsport championship, but Extreme E is a very different proposition. We will be racing in some remote locations and I’m really looking forward to joining this adventure and bringing competitive racing to fans all over the world,” Elkins added.
Additionally, Nicholls also joins the team, having work in the motorsports industry for more than 30 years managing projects and operations at championships in various motorsports disciplines.
Extreme E is not the first new series he has worked on as he was part of the top management team at A1 Grand Prix and was the championship coordinator on Lamborghini’s foray into the racing scene with its Super Trofeo series.
“The opportunity to join another new racing series ahead of its first season was a challenge too exciting to turn down, but it is clear that this is no ordinary series as it is breaking down barriers in respect of its remote race locations and the sustainability and scientific legacy projects that form part of its overall mission,” Nicholls said.
The founder and CEO of Extreme E, Alejandro Agag concluded: “As a brand new series, it is important we have the right people in the right roles, and those across sporting are essential for exciting, safe and fair racing, so I’m delighted to welcome Scot and Guy to the series.
“There aren’t many people that have the range of motorsport experience that these two do, and I’m confident they will ensure we get the best out of the on-track action.”