NEOM Excessive E breakthrough win poignant for Sanz and Ekstrom
Acciona Sainz’s first Excessive E win with drivers Mattias Ekstrom and Laia Sanz within the second race of the season in NEOM, Saudi Arabia, comes after two years of near-misses. Sanz, who has been a continuing within the group throughout that point, was particularly happy to lastly get the monkey off her again.
“Lastly! We did a very good job, not solely this weekend, however these two years with Carlos (Sainz) and all of the group,” she mentioned. “I believe he actually deserved this win they usually deserved this win, and I’m super-happy additionally with Mattias — he helped me a lot and at last we obtained good outcomes this weekend.
The win was additionally a primary for former-Abt Cupra driver Ekstrom, who was a late addition to the group, filling in for group boss Carlos Sainz. The rallying legend was sidelined by the spinal fractures he suffered in an accident in the course of the Dakar Rally in January.
“It’s at all times nice to win races and be on the rostrum, however I believe this one is just a little completely different because it was a late name due to Carlos’ accident at Dakar so he can’t drive,” he mentioned. “I’m actually completely satisfied that he referred to as me and trusts me to step in for him, after which to get to fulfill Laia and the group has been plenty of enjoyable.”
Regardless of the sturdy begin to the season, with a second place and a win, Ekstrom predicts he gained’t final lengthy within the group, though he does anticipate to retain his seat for the Hydro X Prix in Scotland on Might 13-14.
“Yeah, I believe so,” he mentioned when requested if he will probably be again for the subsequent occasion. “Carlos will want extra time to recuperate and I’m fairly positive when he’s match I’ll be sacked instantly!”
With a win and a second, and a reverse of that outcome on Sunday, Veloce and Acciona Sainz sit prime of the factors with 46. RXR occupy third, with X44 and Ganassi rounding out the highest 5.
Excessive E standings after Spherical 2
Veloce Racing 46 pts
Acciona Sainz 46 pts
Rosberg X Racing 31 pts
X44 Vida Carbon Racing 23 pts
GMC Hummer EV Chip Ganassi Racing 21 pts
Abt Cupra XE 15 pts
NEOM McLaren Excessive E 14 pts
Carl Cox Motorsport 8 pts
JBXE 5 pts
Andretti Altawkilat Excessive E 5 pts