The Diriyah E-Prix holds positive memories for driver Sam Bird, who secured wins in 2019 and 2021, plus the fastest lap in 2022, while Mitch Evans has also claimed a podium finish at this circuit.
The duo is aiming to make the most of the Jaguar I-TYPE 6 race cars and build on the team’s performance in Mexico City, the debut race of the season, which took place less than two weeks ago.
Bringing together old and new, the historic city of Diriyah, a UNESCO Heritage Site, will play host to the most advanced electric street racing, with the high-speed action kicking off at 7pm South Africa time on Friday night. With the city flooded in darkness, the 2.49km track will be illuminated using LED technology powered by renewable sources, showcasing Formula E as the first net zero carbon sport since inception.
While drivers raced on an established racetrack in Mexico City, the Saudi Arabian rounds rely on teams to navigate a challenging street circuit with 21 tricky turns and unpredictable grip levels across the 39 laps.
The first Diriyah E-Prix marks the 100th Formula E race for Sam Bird who has competed in every season of Formula E and has only missed two races across the nine seasons. He will be looking to get his season off to a positive start after retiring from the first race in Mexico City.
Commenting, James Barclay, Jaguar TCS Racing Team Principal says his team is looking forward to getting back out on track for two exciting night races in Diriyah this Friday and Saturday.
“This is a formidable street circuit, a real test for driver and car and made even more memorable as we race at night,” he said, adding, “The opening race in Mexico City has shown us just how competitive the new Gen3 era of Formula E is. With three Jaguars, including our customer Envision Racing, in the top ten we have seen some positive signs of the potential for the season ahead. We are aiming to build on this potential and will be doing all that we can to extract the best performance possible from our Jaguar I-TYPE 6.”
Mitch Evans, Jaguar TCS Racing driver, #9 also commented: “Following my eighth-place position in the opening round of the season, I’m feeling motivated to finish higher and score even more points. I know the Jaguar I-TYPE 6 has plenty of pace and efficiency and I’ve worked closely with the team to prepare for the challenges that Diriyah will bring.”
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