Rosberg X Racing and ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team make it through to the Final
Rosberg X Racing (RXR) fought hard to claim victory in Semi-Final 1 and progress to the Antofagasta Minerals Copper X Prix Final, with ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team joining them as Genesys Andretti United Extreme E missed out by three tenths of a second on track.
Catie Munnings got the best traction off the line for Genesys Andretti United Extreme E, but Laia Sanz came through the middle of the field to take the lead for ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team, with RXR’s Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky slotting into second at the first turn.
Despite the strong start, Munnings found herself in third, unsighted as the windscreen wipers on her ODYSSEY 21 failed. The Genesys Andretti United Extreme E car continued in the race, but Munnings had a lot of time to make up if the team were to stay in contention.
Sanz kept the lead ahead of Åhlin-Kottulinsky as the teams entered the Switch Zone, but a slow stop for ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team saw RXR steal the lead as the teams returned to the course.
An amazing drive from Genesys Andretti United Extreme E’s Timmy Hansen saw him close the gap to Carlos Sainz Snr. in the ACCIONA | SAINZ XE car and was all over the back of the Spaniard in the final corners.
Johan Kristoffersson picked up where his fellow Swede left off, with a controlled drive that saw RXR cross the line first and take the win in Semi-Final 1.
Sainz Snr. did just enough to stay ahead of Hansen as the two reached the jump at the finish line, crossing the line just three tenths of a second ahead of Genesys Andretti United Extreme E to secure a spot in the Final for ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team.
Rosberg X Racing 9:04.370
ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team +6.439
Genesy Andretti United Extreme E +16.791 (Penalised)