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Extreme E switches to double-header events

Extreme E will be a 10-round championship in 2023, with each race weekend becoming a double-header event.

The series has introduced a new race format, with each day holding two qualifying sessions, a “redemption race” and the “grand final”.

The aim is to double the amount of racing action without any additional carbon output.

“We’ve continuously improved the racing spectacle since launching Extreme E, but for Season 3 we wanted to create something spectacular and we feel this new sporting format achieves that,” said Extreme E Chief Championship Officer James Taylor.

“At each round, there will be double the opportunity for points and podiums – meaning a lot more to play for at each race weekend, while drivers and teams will have to navigate that racing tightrope of risk and reward to ensure they achieve the maximum result.

“Having a ten-race championship should really close up those standings as the season progresses, meaning a thrilling Extreme E campaign should be in store for 2023 and we cannot wait to begin.”

Each Extreme E event will begin with two qualifying sessions. Each qualifying session consists of two five-car heat races. Intermediate Classification Points are awarded in these sessions, and the top five teams after both qualifying sessions will progress to the Grand Final. The remaining five teams will compete in the Redemption Race, where championship points will be on offer.

A single championship point will also be awarded to the winners of each heat.

The format of six five-car races will then be repeated on the following day.

The Continental Traction Challenge will continue into 2023, with two championship points awarded to the team that sets the fastest time in the Traction Challenge sector at any point during the day.

“Since launching Extreme E, we have worked hard to improve the level of racing our on course to ensure it is thrilling to watch with plenty of action,” said Extreme E Founder and CEO Alejandro Agag.

“This new sporting format goes even further to deliver that, with now double the amount of racing action on some of the toughest courses in the world, leaving zero additional impact on the planet.

“To have a ten-race championship in Extreme E is a tantalising prospect for everyone on board and we believe the increased number of races will only enhance our series. We cannot wait for our opening races of the campaign in NEOM to get our biggest season yet underway for 2023.”

Bethonie Waring

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