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11 Cars for I-PACE eTROPHY Opener, Powell as VIP Driver

Eleven cars set to compete in inaugural I-PACE eTROPHY race this weekend…

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Eleven cars will take part in this weekend’s inaugural Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY race in Saudi Arabia in support of the Ad Diriyah E-Prix, Jaguar announced on Tuesday.

The entry list includes the names of two previously unconfirmed drivers in a two-car entries from Saudi Racing.

Ahmed Bin Khanen, who has already hinted at his drive on social media, and Bandar Alesayi will drive the Saudi cars in their home event.

They join the previously-announced Katherine Legge, Bryan Sellers, Caca Bueno, Sergio Jimenez, Celia Martin, Simon Evans, Tao Wang and Yaqi Zhang.

The British automaker has been targeting a capacity grid of 20 cars but Panasonic Jaguar Racing director James Barclay told e-racing365 last month he remains confident to reach a full grid by the end of the season.

The inaugural I-PACE eTROPHY race will take place on Saturday at 12:50 p.m. local time, ahead of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship race.

Shakedown and Free Practice is scheduled for Friday, with qualifying getting underway at 7:55 a.m. on Saturday.

The race will be streamed on Jaguar Racing’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, presented by Vernon Kay and Amanda Stretton.

Powell Confirmed as First VIP Driver

Alice Powell will join the grid this weekend as part of Jaguar’s VIP driver initiative that will see different high-profile figures join the field at each event.

The 25-year-old joins Martin and Legge as the first women to take part in a race in Saudi Arabia, ahead of the Formula E test on Sunday which will feature several female drivers.

“I am super excited to have been given this opportunity by Jaguar to race in their VIP car in the all new Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY,” said Powell.

“Electric is the way the world is going, so to have the chance to drive in this series, in the early stages of this new era, is fantastic.

“It’s been 3 years since my last race, so I cannot wait to get back out there and would like to thank Jaguar for this opportunity.”

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is e-racing365's Managing Editor and also European Editor for Sportscar365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations at the University of Birmingham. Contact Jake

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