There are no more excuses before the two races on the 6.019 kilometer course on a military training ground on the south coast of Sardinia. “Once again we are well prepared. Dinner is served. Now it has to rattle,” says Abt team boss Thomas Biermaier to AUTO BILD.
The legend duo Al-Attiyah (51) and Jutta Kleinschmidt at the wheel of the Cupra Tavascan XE should contribute to the success. The 59-year-old brought a lot of experience to the team when she stood in for Claudia Hürtgen last season. And the “Grande Dame” of German motorsport, the only female Dakar winner, isn’t fooled off-road.
The most experienced duo
“She can adapt quickly and well, brings in a lot of input. And she gets along very well with Nasser, she’s with the team a lot, talks a lot with the engineers,” reveals Biermaier. Al-Attiyah, on the other hand, wants to show how fast he is: “Sometimes you have to catch him a bit and then get him to look at the data and the videos,” said the team boss. He proudly says: “We may no longer have the youngest drivers, but we do have the most experienced duo.”
Abt needs two good results
one? “We need two good results to be back,” said Biermaier. Because you have a package that can compete for victory. The prerequisite: “Everything has to fit, small mistakes are crucial.” He does not want to name a goal for the season, but at Abt-Cupra they hope for the double event as a knot breaker: “Maybe we will get into a flow and that will change Sheet.”
How the Extreme E works
In qualifying there is first an individual time trial, then the three participants in semi-finals 1 and 2 as well as the four teams for the crazy race are determined in two heats. The two fastest from each of the semi-finals and the winner of the Crazy Race ultimately determine the overall winner in the final.
Since the racing series for all-electric, up to 540 hp standard SUVs is not only committed to equality, but also to sustainability and environmental protection, Sardinia is not just about sport.
The Island X Prix in Sardinia will take place this week on the 6th, 7th and 9th and 10th of July 2022. ProSieben Maxx broadcasts on Thursday from 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m.