Katherine Legge believes her versatility as a driver will help her transition into the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY.
The former open-wheel ace turned sports car racing star was confirmed Friday as the first driver in RLL’s two-car lineup for the all-electric single-make series, which kicks off later this year.
Legge, who took part in two seasons of Champ Car prior to a switch to DTM in the late 2000s, has recently been making a name for herself in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, as a title contender in the GT Daytona class.
It’s come after several years in prototype competition, as well as two previous starts in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, adding to her diverse career.
“I think I’m one of those drivers who has driven anything and everything they can in their career,” Legge told e-racing365.
“I’ve done Champ Car and DTM and did A1 GP, the DeltaWing, prototypes and now GT cars. I’ve driven so many different cars.
“I would hope that my ability to be versatile and adapt to anything will help me.
“There is a little bit of pressure because you come in and you’re expected to [perform] straight off the bat. Hopefully that is the case.
“I’ll be studying up and asking a lot of questions.”
Legge said discussions with the Bobby Rahal co-owned operation began earlier this year, once RLL was confirmed as the first team for the eTROPHY, which will utilize identically prepared race versions of the newly launched Jaguar I-PACE.
“I’ve known [Bobby] since I came over to the States in 2005,” Legge said. “It’s a fantastic opportunity and one I’m really grateful to him for having the faith in me to get it done. Hopefully we’ll do good things.”
The Briton, who will get her first laps in the I-PACE during a group test in the UK in September, said it was one of her objectives to return to the Formula E paddock, considering its recent growth.
Legge took part in the first two rounds in the championship’s inaugural season in 2014-15 with Aguri, prior to being replaced by Salvador Duran.
“I was part of Formula E when it first came out,” Legge said. “I’ve seen it grow from when I first joined to what it is now. It’s where a lot of the manufacturer support it. It seems to be something you’d be silly not to be a part of now.
“I still know a bunch of people in the paddock which I’ll be asking questions about the new technology because it’s come such a long way since I did Formula E.
“You’ve still got the motor and the batteries so you’re still going to have the same throttle modulation you have in a Formula E car, which is unlike what you have in [internal combustion] engines.
“It’s going to be whoever adapts to it the best straight out of the box, because it’s so new, it’s going to be a work in progress. I’m sure the cars will develop a long the way as well.”
Legge admitted it’s too early to set any kind of goals for the upcoming season, which is expected to start in Riyadh in December, in the first of ten rounds supporting the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
“I don’t think there are any goals or expectations at this stage but I’d be lying if I didn’t say you go into everything wanting and thinking you can win,” she said.
“I know it’s a one-make series but being part of RLL is great because they’ve got a history of winning and they know what they’re doing.
“I’m sure I’m with the best possible people for the job. They’ll lead me through it.”