Jimenez Collects Jaguar I-PACE Checkered Flag

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Sérgio Jimenez leads the field during Saturday's Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY race in Rome. (Jaguar Photo)

ROME – Sérgio Jimenez converted his pole into a victory during Saturday’s Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY event on the streets of Rome.

As the checkered flag waved at the end of the 25 minutes plus one lap race, Bryan Sellers and Simon Evans completed the podium. Evans tussled closely with championship rival Katherine Legge on track, but maintained his podium position.

Legge settled for fourth ahead of Stefan Rzadzinski in fifth.

“Taking my first win at the mid-way point of the championship is a great incentive to keep up my performance for the rest of the season,” said Jimenez. “I have been on the podium three times but it feels brilliant to finally be in first position. The wide circuit layout in Rome allows you to carry more speed in to the corner but with the barriers only centimetres from the side of the car, it’s vital you keep the correct racing line. After 25 minutes of pushing and changeable weather conditions, I couldn’t be happier with this result.”

With seven minutes of racing action left, it began to rain in Rome. PRO-AM driver Ahmed Bin Khanen drove off the track in the soggy conditions, causing him to lose the PRO-AM race lead. His Saudi Racing teammate, Bandar Alesayi, benefited from this mistake to earn his fourth PRO-AM win in five races.