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Jimenez takes maiden Jaguar victory in Rome

Sergio Jimenez claimed a lights to flag victory to take his first win of the 2018-19 Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy championship.

The Jaguar Racing Brazil driver was kept under pressure from Byran Sellers throughout the race, but didn’t put a foot wrong in the changing conditions and finished 0.847s ahead of the Rahal Letterman Racing driver.

The victory puts Jimenez at the top of the championship standings, four points ahead of Sellers.

Simon Evans and Katherin Legge spent most of the race locked in a battle for the final podium position. Legge tried multiple times to make a move on Evans, but Evans kept his Team Asia New Zealand run car on the racing line and held onto the position. The pair drop back to third and fourth in the championship standings.

Stefan Rzadzinski and Caca Bueno rounded out the Pro drivers.

Bueno spent the first half of the race stuck behind Pro-Am leader Ahmed Bin-Khanen, but the Saudi Racing driver ran on at the same corner Formula E drivers Sebastien Buemi and Maximillian Gunether ran wide at during qualifying. Bin-Khanen hit the wall, dropping back to 11th, behind Yaqi Zhang, who also ran straight on but managed to get his Jaguar stopped earlier.

The incident promoted Bandar Alesayi into the lead of the Pro-Am class, where he stayed until the chequered flag, finishing just under two seconds ahead of guest driver Luca Salvadori.

Zhang managed to pass Celia Martin to take ninth, with Martin rounding out the top 10.

Qi Lin stopped with damage to the front left of his Jaguar early in the race.

 

 

Bethonie Waring

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