Italian talent Tamara Molinaro will join the third Extreme E X Prix. The young driver will be taking over the “Championship Driver” position recently left by her predecessor Jutta Kleinschmidt, who has joined the ABT CUPRA XE team.
Claudia Hürtugen’s departure due to BMW commitments was the focus of the latest moves in the driver lineup of the all-electric SUV series. Days after the announcement, Kleinschmidt was set to take the German’s seat.
Now, Molinaro, who currently races in the Italian Gravel Championship, will be acting as a series advisor and will support all teams in case any driver has a problem and is unable to compete in the race.
“For the last few months I have been working hard to get involved with Extreme E. I have a long time following the championship because I am excited about the race format, the promotion of sustainable mobility and fighting climate change”, said Molinaro when she was confirmed by the organization.
The development of a great promise
At the age of 11, the Italian-born on October 10, 1997, earned herself a place in local rally races, leaving good signs. The year 2017 marked a turning point in her record, being crowned European Women’s Rally Champion, the second youngest driver to achieve this after Andretti United team’s Catie Munnings.
“She will be a key player for the competition and a perfect replacement in case any team needs her in the next X Prixs. But her role is much wider than that, and we’re looking forward to have her with us for the Arctic X Prix and getting her feedback on the course alongside Timo Scheider,” said Extreme E Championship Director James Taylor.
The 24-year-old driver will be sharing duties with her German counterpart Timo Scheider, and together will be attending the next Extreme E event scheduled to be run on October 28-29 in Greenland.
Written by | Osward Rubio