Techeetah have partnered with Tom Walkinshaw Racing to field Canadian racer Stefan Rzadzinkski in the inaugural Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy championship.
The TWR Techeetah car takes the eTrophy grid up to 12 cars ahead of the opening race of the season in Ad Diriyah this weekend.
“We’re really excited to enter the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy championship,” said Techeetah CCO, Keith Smout. “Our brand has gone from strength to strength this year and this is another great step forward for Techeetah.
“The Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy represents an opportunity to expand our brand and give our team partners more marketing exposure and business to business opportunities and it’s also hugely exciting to bring back the iconic TWR name to racing.
“Ryan [Walkinshaw, Owner of the Walkinshaw Automotive group]’s rather was a motorsport legend and we’re proud to welcome back the TWR brand, together with Ryan.”
TWR were founded in the 1970s by touring car racer Tom Walkinshaw. In its early years, the team were primarily involved in touring cars, but later expanded to sports car racing, competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the 1990s. In that time they built a good relationship with Jaguar, partnering with the manufacturer on many occasions.
Walkinshaw was also involved in Formula 1, first as Benetton’s engineering director, then as team manager at Liger, before becoming a major stake holder in Arrows.
TWR have been inactive since Arrows closed their doors in 2002, but will now return to international motorsport.
“I’m very proud to return our family’s name to racing,” said Ryan Walkinshaw.
“Given the rich history TWR have with Jaguar, it felt like the perfect opportunity to revive TWR with Techeetah through one of the world’s most exciting motorsport platforms.
“It’s also my great pleasure to welcome Canadian racing driver Stefan Rzadzinkski to the team. Stefan is a very talented up and coming driver who has come from the Porsche GT3 Cup.”
Rzadzinkski added: “When we signed on the dotted line to enter the series, it was a big moment for all of us.
“I’ve been wanting to get involved in electric racing for a while now and to do so and bring back the TWR brand is quite something.
“It will be the first time I’m in the I-Pace later this week, so I’m sure there will be some things to learn. I’m very motivated to have a great season with a fantastic team behind us, so let’s go racing.”
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