Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing drivers Bryan Sellers and Katherine Legge admit they don’t know how Saturday’s inaugural Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY race will pan out but expect to be among the frontrunners.
Sellers and Legge will be part of the 11-driver field in the opening race this weekend, which is held in support of the Ad Diriyah E-Prix near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
After limited testing so far for I-PACE eTROPHY runners, restricted to just two pre-season group tests, Sellers thinks it’s difficult to predict favorites at this stage.
“I’m not sure what to expect from the first race,” he said. “The results have been hidden from us so we are not sure what the lap times are and how they correlate to what Katherine and I have done.
“I do know that Team Brasil has been very strong and seem to have a good handle on what they are trying do.
“Also Simon Evans has been working diligently on his own program and has seemed to put together a fairly extensive testing run in the days we have been given.
“I fully expect and hope that the field will be tight.
“Katherine and I have worked very well together so far and have one goal in mind and that’s to try and get results for the team as a whole.”
Legge says she’s pleased with the progress made by the American team during the two tests at Silverstone and Rockingham.
This weekend’s event will mark her third electric race, after competing in the opening two ABB FIA Formula E Championship rounds with Amlin Aguri in 2014.
“The testing has gone really well from a team standpoint,” she said. “Bryan and I work very well together and have run through all the test items very smoothly with our crew chiefs and engineers.
“I tried not to have any expectations of what the car would be like and come in with an open mind so it’s not different from anything in particular.
“I think the challenges will be getting to know the new tracks quicker than our rivals as the lap times will be very tight.
“I hope the cars are all equal as we run through the season and keep the racing tight. And the degradation of the batteries is minimal.”