Rosberg X Racing wins the first ever Extreme E race with victory in the Desert X-Prix semi-final.
Johan Kristoffersson started the race for the team and got the best get away from the three cars on the grid.
It as a dramatic start to the race as it seemed almost every meter a different team managed to edge ahead, but a battle between X44’s Sebastien Loeb and Acciona’s Carlos Sainz allowed Kristoffersson to break away.
Once ahead, Kristoffersson had the advantage of a clear track ahead of him, while Loeb and Sainz were forced to deal with a spray of sand from their competitors.
Kristoffersson gradually built the gap to the rest of the field before handing the car over to Molly Taylor.
A clean driver swap meant XRX maintained the advantage heading out of the Switch Zone.
The second lap – in which each team ran their female driver – more resembled a traditional rally with the field spread out by roughly half a minute.
Taylor extended the gap to X44’s Cristina Gutierrez to finish 28.910s ahead.
After a tight battle at the start, Loeb left Sainz behind and held an advantage of roughly 17s heading into the Switch Zone. A problem free run for Gutierrez and a relatively slow swap for Sainz and Laia Sanz meant she finished almost 38s ahead of the Acciona team.
Rosberg X Racing and X44 both go through to the final, where they will be joined by the winner of the crazy race.
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