Sérgio Jimenez takes Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy Series lead in Mexico City

  • Sérgio Jimenez moves to the top of the leader board after securing second win in a row
  • Takuma Aoki made history by becoming the first disabled person to compete in an international electric race series – securing a podium finish on his debut
  • VIP driver Mario Dominguez finishes third

Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY – the world’s first all-electric touring car race series returns for round four in Rome on 4 April 2020 Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY – the world’s first all-electric touring car race series - returns for Round Three in Mexico City on 15 February 2020

15 February 2020, Mexico City, Mexico: The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY returned for round three bringing Mexican heat to the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez circuit.

Battling closely with series contender Simon Evans throughout the race, Sérgio Jimenez implemented a bold ATTACK MODE strategy to take the lead of the series after his second win in a row.

Japanese driver, Takuma Aoki, navigated the track well securing his first podium finish while making history becoming the first disabled person to compete in an international electric race series.

Local VIP driver Mario Domínguez secured a P3 finish - becoming the first VIP driver to make the top three in the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series.

Sérgio Jimenez, ZEG iCarros Jaguar Brazil driver, said: “It was disappointing that we weren’t able to qualify today but it was good that my Free Practice result meant I started on Pole. I knew that ATTACK MODE would be the key to winning today’s race so I took my time and waited until the last few laps before deploying it. It’s great I’m now leading the series and I look forward to Rome to continue scoring points.”

Mario Domínguez, Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY VIP Driver, said: “It feels amazing to have got a podium today in the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY, particularly as it’s my home country and in front of all the Mexican fans. In some ways I didn’t expect it, given my lap times yesterday in Free Practice. However I worked with the engineers to adjust the race car to improve my performance and it definitely paid off. I’d like to thank Jaguar for the opportunity.”

The Safety Car was deployed after two minutes due to contact with Jaguar China Racing driver David Cheng and Mashhur Bal Hejaila, ending both drivers’ races. On green flag, the front four drivers activated ATTACK MODE to take advantage of the overtaking opportunities down the straight.

Former podium finisher Alice Powell had a frustrating race suffering with two punctures.
Mark Turner, Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Series Manger, said: “Although we didn’t get to qualify today because of track conditions, the front runners provided exciting racing with two clean overtakes in the final few minutes. It was fantastic to see Takuma Aoki take a podium in his first race and we look forward to watching him change his tactics throughout the remainder of the series. We look forward our next race on the tight city streets of Rome.”

Manuel Cabrera, Jaguar China Racing driver, said: "I’m grateful to Jaguar China Racing for giving me the opportunity to race for them in Mexico City. I am disappointed with the result but driving in an electric series in my hometown will be an unforgettable memory. As a young racer travelling around the world, I love China, their culture and the amazing people there. I want to extend my support to this beautiful country suffering the current epidemic. My thoughts are with you, dear Chinese friends. Stay strong China!"

David Cheng, Jaguar China Racing driver, said: "I am delighted to race in Mexico on behalf of Jaguar China Racing. With the full support of the engineering team, I really enjoyed my experience. It’s extremely sad that my Chinese friends Zhang Yaqi and Sun Chao could not be here because of the coronavirus outbreak in China. I wish the best to all race fans in China and I hope the epidemic will be over very soon. Stay safe and well."

The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY returns for round four in Rome on 4 April 2020.

Final results for round three in Mexico City E-Prix:

PositionDriverCategoryTeamCar Number
1Sérgio JimenezPROZEG iCarros Jaguar Brazil10
2Simon EvansPROTeam Asia New Zealand99
3Mario DomínguezGuest DriverJaguar VIP Car1
4Fahad AlgosaibiPRO-AMSaudi Racing13
5Takuma AokiPROTeam Yokohama Challenge24
6Adalberto BaptistaPRO-AMZEG iCarros Jaguar Brazil18
7Cacá BuenoPROZEG iCarros Jaguar Brazil0
8Alice PowellPROJaguar ran racing Team Germany7
DNFManuel CabreraPROJaguar China Racing9
DNFDavid ChengPRO-AMJaguar China Racing8
DNFMashhur Bal HejailaPRO-AMSaudi Racing34

PRO Category series standings after Mexico City E-Prix:

PositionDriverTeamCar Number
1Sérgio JimenezZEG iCarros Jaguar Brazil10
2Simon EvansTeam Asia New Zealand99
3Alice PowellJaguar ran racing Team Germany7
4Mάrio HaberfeldZEG iCarros Jaguar Brazil0
5Takuma AokiTeam Yokohama Challenge24
6Cacá BuenoZEG iCarros Jaguar Brazil0
7Manuel CabreraJaguar China Racing9

PRO-AM Category series standings after Mexico City E-Prix:

PositionDriverTeamCar Number
1Zhang YaqiJaguar China Racing9
2Fahad AlgosaibiJaguar VIP Car13
3Sun ChaoSaudi Racing8
4Mashhur Bal HejailaSaudi Racing34
5Adalberto BaptistaZEG iCarros Jaguar Brazil18
6David ChengJaguar China Racing8