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Extreme E’s first qualifying round ends with Nico Rosberg’s team out front

by Mary Sewell

Extreme E — the off-road electric racing series started by Formula E founder Alejandro Agag — has kicked off its first race weekend in Saudi Arabia, with nine teams of paired men and women drivers competing in Odyssey 21 electric SUVs. Its first qualifying session just ended, with several exciting moments as drivers struggled to stay on the 18km course and set a time, causing the session to last more than three and a half hours.

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As Motorsport.com notes, Johan Kristoffersson and Molly Taylor managed to place P1, completing a clean lap in both stints for the vehicle backed by former F1 champion Nico Rosberg. The X44 team entered by current F1 champion Lewis Hamilton placed second. Cristine Gutierrez completed the second half quickly after World Rally champion Sebastian Loeb ran off the course early in his stint. The Abt Cupra and Veloce Racing both notched DNFs after crashing out with some dangerous rollovers, but the drivers were safe, and both teams will continue on.

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