The teams of the new series of electric SUVs, Extreme E, will not have their own substitute drivers for the races, due to the reduction of face-to-face personnel at the events. This measure was made in order to avoid carbon emissions in the 5 destinations where they will see action.
However, the competition has announced veteran Jutta Kleinschmidt as a female substitute for the first season, who will pilot the “Odyssey 21s” if any team requires the replacement of their (female) starter.
Kleinschmidt, born in Cologne, Germany, is one of the greatest representatives in the world of rallying, a fact that is demonstrated thanks to the fact that the driver is the first and only woman who has managed to win a Dakar Rally, after obtaining the milestone in 2001.
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In addition to being available to replace any of the 9 women who will participate in the first race, Jutta was named “Official Advisor” of Extreme E, a role that she will surely play in an outstanding way if we consider that she has more than 30 years of motorsport experience.
“Simply put, it’s absolutely amazing to be part of the Extreme E family as an adviser and ‘championship driver.’ It’s an incredibly exciting role that will require all of my experience,” said said the German driver after being named.
“I’m also going to really enjoy supporting the sporting team on a range of things. Environmentally friendly new technologies are the future of motorsport so I can’t wait to join this innovative and revolutionary new Electric Off-Road series, which also provides an important equal gender racing format to showcase the best in female driver talent.”Jutta Kleinschmidt, advisor and championship driver.
The inaugural X Prix of the competition will be held in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia between April 3-4, and will be broadcast through Extreme E’s social media and YouTube channel.
Written by | Osward Rubio