|2019 Berlin eTrophy Race|
The Berlin E-Prix circuit for the eTrophy.
|Date||25 May 2019|
|Official Name||2019 Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy Berlin Race|
|Location||Tempelhofring, Berlin, Germany|
|Lap length||2.375 km (1.476 mi)|
|Distance||18 laps / 42.750 km (26.564 mi)|
|Supporting||2019 BMW i Berlin E-Prix|
|Pole Sitter||Cacá Bueno|
|Team||Jaguar Brazil Racing|
|Team||Jaguar Brazil Racing|
|Fastest Lap||1:26.889 on lap 6|
|Cacá Bueno||Sérgio Jimenez||Simon Evans|
|Time||Jaguar Brazil Racing|
|2019 Monaco eTrophy Race||2019 New York City eTrophy Race 1|
Qualifying would see Cacá Bueno sweep to pole position, beating teammate Sérgio Jimenez in a straight fight for top spot. Best of the rest proved to be Simon Evans ahead of Championship leader Bryan Sellers, while Yaqi Zhang secure pole in Pro-Am.
The start of the race proved rather tame, with Bueno able to beat Jimenez in a sprint to the first corner to claim the lead. The rest of the field thundered in behind them without issue, although there was a lot of rubbing in the middle of the pack.
Ultimately the clean start the race was not to last, for Katherine Legge would find herself sandwiched between two Pro-Am cars going through turn nine. Inevitably the trio came together, resulting in Bandar Alesayi smacking into the wall after Legge got out of shape.
The race would soon calm down after that, with Bueno and Jimenez just keeping Evans at bay at the head of the field. Elsewhere, Sellers was squabbling with series debutante Adam Carroll, while Célia Martin led the chase in Pro-Am.
That was, until the Frenchwoman was mugged by Yaqi Zhang with five minutes to go, causing her to lose a lot of momentum heading into the first corner. Ziyi Z Zhang was hence able to harass her through the first corner, only for Martin to retaliate and re-claim second. Ahmed Bin Khanen then tried to pass the unsighted Zhang, who subsequently tipped the Saudi Arabian racer into a spin.
With that the race was run, with Bueno cruising home a second clear of teammate Jimenez to claim victory. Evans claimed third ahead of Sellers and Carroll, while Legge managed to catch back up to the PRO field to secure sixth.
The Pro-Am class would be won by Yaqi Zhang ahead of Martin, while Bin Khanen recovered to third after his spin. Ziyi Zhang, for his part, ended up a lap down at the back of the Pro-Am field, having picked up a significant amount of damage during his late-race incidents.
The inaugural 2018/19 Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy series headed to Berlin, Germany, for its final European race of the season, arriving in support of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship as usual. Indeed, the eTrophy field would use the same Tempelhofring circuit as FE had used since 2017, the only difference being the lack of the Attack Mode activation point for the eTrophy. The guest driver for the eTrophy race was announced as German journalist Jens Dralle, who had previous experience in racing via appearances in the VLN Series.
Elsewhere, TWR Techeetah were forced to make a change, after Stefan Rzadzinski's contract came to a premature end. The Chinese squad were hence left to find a driver for the Berlin race, and ultimately settled on ex-Jaguar Racing Formula E driver Adam Carroll, who had not driven the I-Pace eTrophy car before the weekend. Indeed, TWR Techeetah would keep Rzadzinski on site to help get Carroll up to speed during the race weekend, with the Canadian thought to be negotiating a deal to drive for them at the season finale in New York City.
A Monte Marvel
The gap atop the PRO Championship had come down to just a single point with three races to go in Monaco, with Bryan Sellers just hanging on at the head of the field. Indeed, the American's tally of 93 points was enough to keep Sérgio Jimenez at bay ahead of the trip to Berlin, with clear air between themselves and third placed Simon Evans. The New Zealander had ended the Monte Carlo weekend some seventeen points off the lead, with Cacá Bueno having closed up behind him in fourth.
Bandar Alesayi had once again managed to extend his lead in the PRO-Am Championship, leaving Monte Carlo with a healthy 36 point advantage. His closest challenger was Monaco race winner Yaqi Zhang, with the Saudi Arabian racer mathematically able to take the title in Berlin, if he could out-score Zhang by six points. Elsewhere, Ahmed Bin Khanen had slipped to third, 48 off the lead, while Ziyi Z Zhang had moved into the top five.
The full entry list for the 2019 Berlin eTrophy Race is displayed below:
|2019 Berlin eTrophy Race Entry List|
|0||Cacá Bueno||Jaguar Brazil Racing||Jaguar||I-Pace eTrophy|
|1||Jens Dralle||Jaguar VIP Car||Jaguar||I-Pace eTrophy|
|3||Katherine Legge||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||Jaguar||I-Pace eTrophy|
|6||Bryan Sellers||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||Jaguar||I-Pace eTrophy|
|7||Célia Martin||Viessman Jaguar Team Germany||Jaguar||I-Pace eTrophy|
|9||Yaqi Zhang||Team China||Jaguar||I-Pace eTrophy|
|10||Sérgio Jimenez||Jaguar Brazil Racing||Jaguar||I-Pace eTrophy|
|12||Bandar Alesayi||Saudi Racing||Jaguar||I-Pace eTrophy|
|15||Ziyi Z Zhang||Team China||Jaguar||I-Pace eTrophy|
|24||Ahmed Bin Khanen||Saudi Racing||Jaguar||I-Pace eTrophy|
|77||Adam Carroll||TWR Techeetah||Jaguar||I-Pace eTrophy|
|99||Simon Evans||Team Asia New Zealand||Jaguar||I-Pace eTrophy|
The final qualifying result for the 2019 Berlin eTrophy Race are outlined below:
|2019 Berlin eTrophy Race Qualifying Result|
|1st||0||Cacá Bueno||Jaguar Brazil Racing||1:26.672||—||1|
|2nd||10||Sérgio Jimenez||Jaguar Brazil Racing||1:26.838||+0.166s||2|
|3rd||99||Simon Evans||Team Asia New Zealand||1:27.008||+0.336s||3|
|4th||6||Bryan Sellers||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||1:27.140||+0.468s||4|
|5th||77||Adam Carroll||TWR Techeetah||1:27.288||+0.616s||5|
|6th||12||Bandar Alesayi||Saudi Racing||1:27.413||+0.741s||6|
|7th||7||Célia Martin||Viessmann Jaguar Team Germany||1:27.454||+0.782s||7|
|8th||3||Katherine Legge||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||1:27.524||+0.852s||8|
|9th||15||Ziyi Z Zhang||Jaguar China Racing||1:27.732||+1.060s||9|
|10th||24||Ahmed Bin Khanen||Saudi Racing||1:27.746||+1.074s||10|
|11th||1||Jens Dralle||Jaguar VIP Car||1:29.419||+2.747s||11|
|110% Time: 1:35.339|
|EXC*||9||Yaqi Zhang||Jaguar China Racing||1:27.888||+1.216s||12|
- * Zhang was excluded from the results of qualifying after his car failed post-qualifying scrutineering.
The final classification of the 2019 Berlin eTrophy Race is displayed below, with the fastest lap setter indicated in italics, and the pole sitter shown in bold.
|2019 Berlin eTrophy Race Race Result|
|Pos.||No.||Name||Team||Laps||Race Time||Fastest lap||Pts.|
|1st||0||Cacá Bueno||Jaguar Brazil Racing||18||26:48.405||1:27.027||21|
|2nd||10||Sérgio Jimenez||Jaguar Brazil Racing||18||+0.498s||1:26.889||15|
|3rd||99||Simon Evans||Team Asia New Zealand||18||+1.098s||1:27.005||11|
|4th||6||Bryan Sellers||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||18||+3.024s||1:27.054||8|
|5th||77||Adam Carroll||TWR Techeetah||18||+5.026s||1:27.038||6|
|6th*||3||Katherine Legge||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||18||+5.604s||1:27.351||5|
|7th||9||Yaqi Zhang||Jaguar China Racing||18||+24.186s||1:27.737||20|
|8th||7||Célia Martin||Viessmann Jaguar Team Germany||18||+28.831s||1:27.888||15|
|9th||24||Ahmed Bin Khanen||Saudi Racing||18||+43.779s||1:27.722||11|
|10th||1||Jens Dralle||Jaguar VIP Car||18||+45.666s||1:28.557|
|11th||15||Ziyi Z Zhang||Jaguar China Racing||17||+1 Lap||1:27.910||8|
|Ret||12||Bandar Alesayi||Saudi Racing||0||Collision||—||1|
- * Legge was awarded a three place grid penalty for the 2019 New York City eTrophy Race 1 for causing a collision.
- First Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy race to be held in Berlin.
- Debut race for Jens Dralle and Adam Carroll.
- Third eTrophy win for Cacá Bueno.
- Jaguar Brazil Racing earned their fourth win as an entrant in the eTrophy.
- Third Pro-Am victory for Yaqi Zhang.
There had been some changes in the PRO Championship with two races to go, with Sérgio Jimenez moving to the top of the pack ahead. Bryan Sellers was now in second, six off the new leader, while Cacá Bueno had dragged himself back into title contention after his third win of the season, sixteen off the lead. Simon Evans was also an outside shot for the title in fourth, with Katherine Legge was too far back to challenge in fifth.
Bandar Alesayi retained the lead in the PRO-Am Championship despite retiring in Berlin, maintaining his seventeen point lead. That meat that the Saudi Arabian racer could claim the title in the first race in New York City, assuming he could out-score Yaqi Zhang by four points. Indeed, with two races to go Zhang was realistically the only driver who could beat Alesayi, with Ahmed Bin Khanen 38 points behind with just 42 left to fight for.
Only point scoring drivers are shown.
Videos and Images:
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- ↑ Luke Smith, 'Nico Rosberg launches new tech festival ahead of Berlin Formula E race', crash.net, (Crash Media Group, 05/02/2019), https://www.crash.net/fe/news/912552/1/rosberg-launches-new-tech-festival-ahead-berlin-fe-race, (Accessed 13/05/2019)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Jake Kilshaw, 'Bueno Scores Fourth I-PACE eTROPHY Pole of Season', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 24/05/2019), https://e-racing365.com/i-pace-etrophy/bueno-scores-fourth-i-pace-etrophy-pole-of-season/, (Accessed 06/06/2019)
- ↑ 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 Tom Cairns, 'BUENO WINS IN BERLIN AS JIMENEZ TAKES OVER JAGUAR I-PACE ETROPHY CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD', thecheckeredflag.co.uk, (The Checkered Flag, 28/05/2019), https://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/2019/05/bueno-wins-in-berlin-as-jimenez-takes-over-championship-lead/, (Accessed 06/06/2019)
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- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Sam Smith, 'Carroll to Replace Rzadzinski at TWR Techeetah in Berlin', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 23/05/2019), https://e-racing365.com/i-pace-etrophy/carroll-replaces-rzadzinski-at-twr-techeetah-for-berlin/, (Accessed 06/06/2019)
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 'Round 7 - Berlin ePrix: Results Booklet', fiaformulae.alkamelsystems.com, (FIA Formula E, 25/05/2019), http://fiaformulae.alkamelsystems.com/Results/04_2018-19/13_R10%20Berlin/Jaguar%20I-PACE%20eTROPHY%20Series/66_Jaguar%20-%20R08%20Berlin%20Booklet.pdf, (Accessed 06/06/2019)
- ↑ 'ROUND #8 : BERLIN ePRIX/DEU – 24-25 MAY 2019: DECISION No 3', fiaformulae.alkamelsystems.com, (FIA Formula E, 25/05/2019), http://fiaformulae.alkamelsystems.com/Results_NoticeBoard/04_2018-19/10_R10%20Berlin/02_Jaguar%20I-PACE%20eTROPHY%20Series/32_DECISION%20No3%20-%20R08%20-%20CAR%20No3.pdf, (Accessed 18/07/2019)