Cacá Bueno Wins Hot and Humid Jaguar I-Pace Etrophy Race in Sanya
- Cacá Bueno from Jaguar Brazil Racing wins his first Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY race in Sanya, China
- Red flag helped Bueno cement his lead at the restart, while Simon Evans and Bryan Sellers battled for second position
- Four different winners in four races with Evans leading the championship
- Bandar Alesayi won in the PRO-AM class for the third time, extending his championship lead with a total of 77 points
Dubai, UAE, March 27, 2019: Cacá Bueno made it to the top step of the Sanya podium for the first time in his Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY career, after starting on pole. The Jaguar Brazil Racing driver capitalised on a red flag by accelerating away from the rest of the field when the race restarted. The Brazilian crossed the line more than 1.5 seconds ahead of second place, Simon Evans for the first eTROPHY race in China.
Team Asia New Zealand driver, Simon Evans, returned to the podium for the first time since the first race in Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. His closest on-track rival in Sanya was Bryan Sellers as they tussled for position throughout the race.
Sellers kept the pressure on Evans during the fourth round of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY race but Evans defended well.
Cacá Bueno from Jaguar Brazil Racing said: “Having battled such testing conditions, my first win in the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY really does feel deserved. The heat in Sanya pushed me to my limit, with temperatures reaching over 40 degrees Celsius in the car.”
“I’ll be leaving Sanya very pleased with my performance and relieved to get my first eTROPHY win. I’ll definitely look to replicate this next time out in Rome.”
Crossing the line first in the PRO-AM Championship and scoring maximum points in Sanya, is Bandar Alesayi. Round four in Sanya is the third race that Alesayi has won so far extending his lead in the PRO-AM Championship with a total of 77 points.
Bandar Alesayi, winner of the PRO-AM category said: “Sanya was a great race for me. I was battling with PRO driver, Katherine Legge, and was in front of her most of the race. She did overtake me in the end, but I kept close to the rear of her car.”
“I’m not only content with winning within my category, but it’s great I am keeping a similar pace to the PRO drivers and can compete alongside them.”
David Cheng, the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY VIP driver, finished seventh having started the race with a drive through grid penalty due to an incident in qualifying.
Marion Barnaby, Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Championship Manager, added: “At 29 degrees Celsius, we’ve seen the hottest Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY race so far, creating challenging conditions for the drivers.”
“As we now head to Europe, we will continue to learn more about how our racecars handle the different tracks. Congratulations to Cacá Bueno and Bandar Alesayi for making top spot in their respective classes.”
Following the race in Sanya there were two steward’s decisions that changed the provisional results. Sergio Jimenez received a one second time penalty due to contact with Stefan Rzadzinski, dropping him to fourth place. Bryan Sellers was disqualified due to a technical infringement which promotes Stefan Rzadzinski to third and gives the Canadian his first eTROPHY podium.
The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY is the first international series for battery electric production-based cars and is a proof point of Jaguar Racing’s Race to Innovate mission. The series now heads to Europe with the next race in Rome on Saturday 13 April.
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