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Increased Grid Expected for Second Season

17-car grid targeted for second season of Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY…

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An increased grid is expected for the second season of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY according to series director Marion Barnaby, who is targeting a 17-car entry for the 2019-20 season.

The single-make electric series, which launched late last year, featured an average of 12 I-PACE entries throughout the inaugural ten-race season that was won by Jaguar Brazil Racing’s Sergio Jimenez.

However, based on current interest levels, Barnaby expects an influx of additional competitors for the arrive-and-drive series.

“Until the start of this year, we were selling just a picture and the concept,” she told e-racing365. “Now it’s real and people can see what it can do.

“It was down at Goodwood and that created a good amount of interest as well.

“Coming from a concept in 2017 to reality and finishing up the first season in New York [with the] titles undecided… [I’m] really pleased with it.”

Barnaby said she expects one new entry, which is currently in the “advanced stages”, to be announced by the end of the month.

The grid is set to again be made up of a combination of teams and nation-based entries, with the VIP car also continuing, although potentially in a new format.

“For us it’s been such a learning year as we had to get everything done [quickly for the launch season],” Barnaby said.

“[In New York] we had a driver and team manager meeting. We want the feedback from the guys, on what’s worked for them. It’s all these sort of areas we need to look at as well.”

The championship will again feature ten rounds, although several changes are expected.

Jaguar Racing director James Barclay said they already have “alignment” on the calendar, which is expected to be released within the next two weeks and again start in Ad Diriyah alongside the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

As revealed by e-racing365, the championship is likely to adopt Attack Mode in a way to increase overtaking opportunities.

“There are exciting changes with some cool things coming,” Barclay told e-racing365. “We have looked at how we can make the racing even more exciting.

“The cars are so close in performance and now we are looking at how we spice it up and how we can fit it in to the Formula E scheme of things too.”

Rahal: “We’d Love to Come Back”

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team co-owner Bobby Rahal said they’d love to continue in the series, although is currently working on securing sponsorship to ensure the American organization’s presence on the grid.

Bryan Sellers and Katherine Legge piloted the team’s two I-PACE entries last season.

“It’s been a pleasure to be part of the series,” Rahal told e-racing365. “If you look at the amount of work that needed to be done; all these cars were brand-new.

“There was nominal testing prior to the first race, you look at all the challenges and I think they met them pretty well.”

Rahal said a decision on its program will likely come by September.

“We’d like to [continue],” he said. “We have a relationship with our sponsors that need to renew. But I think they’ve all been pretty happy with what’s been going on, even if most of them are U.S.-based.

“I think the message that it sends is something they believe in, in the value of electric automobiles. Everyone is generally happy and we’d love to come back.”

Sam Smith contributed to this report

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of e-racing365. Dagys, who launched the industry-leading Sportscar365 in 2013, spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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    Chris

    July 17, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    Should be good with an increased field and attack mode. I also think they should change the qualifying format. The unstructured 30 minute session was pretty boring.

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