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Jimenez Seizes Points Lead with Rome Victory

Jaguar Brazil Racing’s Sergio Jimenez commands eTROPHY race on the streets of Rome…

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Sergio Jimenez moved to the top of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY points standings with a lights-to-flag victory at Circuit Cittadino del’EUR in Rome.

Jimenez converted his first career pole in the single-make electric series into his maiden win with a commanding drive from the front of the grid.

The Brazilian charged away off the line while Bryan Sellers, who started from second, fought to hold back the advances of Simon Evans from the second row.

This enabled Jimenez to gain a clear advantage at the front which he maintained through a sharp rain shower in the second half of the 25-minute contest that saw Sellers close the gap.

Sellers crossed the line eight tenths of a second behind Jimenez while Evans rounded off the podium after surviving a series of prospective overtakes from Legge.

The result means Jimenez, who arrived in Rome placed fourth in the standings, leapfrogs his rivals to lead the championship on 66 points with Sellers moving up from third to second on 61.

Evans, who arrived with the points lead, is now provisionally third on 60 while Legge drops a position to fourth on 56 points.

TWR Techeetah’s Stefan Rzadzinski saw out the top five in the Pro class while Caca Bueno came through in sixth after making up a place on Ahmed Bin-Khanen.

The Saudi Arabian driver was in charge of the Pro-Am class contest but slid wide at the Turn 13 hairpin as the rain started to fall, which promoted Bandar Alesayi to the lead.

Alesayi went on to take his fourth victory in five races and extend his championship lead with four races left to run.

Superbike racer Luca Salvadori finished eighth overall and second amongst the Pro-Am runners in the IPACE eTROPHY VIP car.

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Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365 and e-racing365, with a focus on the FIA World Endurance Championship and various electric racing series.

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