XITE Energy Racing has changed its Extreme E driver pairing for the upcoming Island X Prix in Sardinia.
Timo Scheider and Tamara Molinaro form a completely new driver pairing for the team, replacing Oliver Bennett and Klara Andersson.
Scheider’s extensive CV includes back-to-back DTM titles in 2008 and 2009, as well as a podium at Le Mans in 2010, victory at the 24 Hours of Spa and podiums in World Rallycross.
The German has also contributed to the design of Extreme E’s courses and will now have the opportunity to taste the fruits of that effort when he competes in the series for the first time.
“It’s a special moment to join the series as a racing driver alongside Tamara,” he said.
“I was supposed to do the track test with the usual ‘test’ car as a championship driver when I arrived in Italy, but now I will go to Sardinia as a racer with XITE Energy Racing! That’s a great feeling. I’m really excited to go out there and show what we’re capable of. Tamara and I are quite a match in terms of performance and I think we’ll put on a good show in Sardinia.”
Molinaro contested the opening round of Season 2 for XITE after Klara Andersson was sidelined by COVID. Before that she set a strong record in the European Rally Championship and later in the WRC2 class in the World Rally Championship. In 2019 she dovetailed the WRC with a Titans RX Rallycross Championship campaign and competed in the Italian Gravel Championship in 2020.
“I’m really excited to be back at Extreme E for Sardinia and it’s even more special as it’s my home event,” she said. “It will be more of a challenge compared to the opening race in Saudi Arabia as it was a new track for everyone – the other guys have experience from last year but we will give it our all and see how it goes!
“I am confident that we can have a good race and be competitive. I have a great relationship with Timo. Since becoming a championship rider with him, I’ve spent a lot of time with him and we’ve often talked about how cool it would be to be on a team together. That was our dream, watching everyone else drive, so we’re definitely going to have a lot of fun now that we’re there.”
With Scheider and Molinaro competing for XITE Energy Racing, Fraser McConnell and Andersson will be Extreme E’s championship riders for the upcoming doubles race in Sardinia. The Championship drivers support the series in both an advisory role and as a reserve driver in the event either team requires a replacement during an X-Prix, given the nature of the racing venues, teams do not have a reserve driver on site. site.