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Jaguar Considering Changes to I-PACE eTROPHY Race Format

Attack Zones among possible changes to I-PACE eTROPHY race format next season…

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New race formats, more similar to those in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, could be introduced into the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY for its second season in 2019-20.

Jaguar motorsport boss James Barclay says that he and the I-PACE eTROPHY management team are looking at refreshing the race format.

The current races for the single-make series’ inaugural season are sprints of 25 minutes plus one lap, but the introduction of an Attack Mode scenario is possible for the future.

Theoretically, this would be relatively straightforward as the infrastructure for Attack Zones is already in place for Formula E.

“You can never stand still. It’s absolutely something we are looking at in preparations for next season, yes,” Barclay told e-racing365.

“We look at maybe taking inspiration from Formula E. The car has been performing really well, performance wise, energy wise.

“We have the potential to look at some different race formats for next season. If we can find a race format that makes sure we create great racing, great overtaking and also is in line with the challenge we have in Formula E then great.”

Barclay also pinpointed a motivation to attract younger drivers to the world’s first all-electric SUV series.

“I think the drivers would quite like that because, again, for younger drivers, it’s a way of showcasing their abilities,” he said.

“We’d quite like to maintain that with the trophy. Have youngsters coming because they want to be in front of Formula E teams week in, week out, showing that some of that strategy and some of that mentality we have in Formula E is super skilful.

“We’re quite keen to look at that for next season. No decisions made yet, but absolutely one of our thoughts.”

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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