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Extreme E: Legend duo in the Cupra Tavascan

When luck is lacking, one leaves no stone unturned. Especially when the claim is completely different than being the unlucky ones of the Extreme E. That’s why the German team Abt Cupra XE used the camp of Dakar legend Nasser Al-Attiyah to prepare intensively for the double header of the Extreme E in Sardinia (July 6th/7th and 9th/10th).

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.

Partner at Jutta Kleinschmidt’s side: the current Dakar winner Nasser Al-Attiyah


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.”

The podium is the claim, he emphasizes. So far, Abt has only achieved this once with the 550 hp electric SUV – last year in Sardinia. A good omen? Not necessarily, because the potential for more was always there, but too often something got in the way. As in the only race so far in 2022 in Saudi Arabia, when the team only finished eighth.
“The pure performance was already there at the start, but a lot of little things ux308;threw us back. That’s racing – we’ve learned from it and we want to and will do better,” says Kleinschmidt. And Al-Attiyah makes it clear: “We feel well prepared and ready to attack. The goal in Sardinia is clearly a trophy.”

Abt needs two good results

Jutta Kleinschmidt / Nasser Al-Attiyah.


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.”

Nine other contenders including teams from Lewis Hamilton (X44), Jenson Button (JBXE) or McLaren are also hoping for a flow to dethrone defending champions Rosberg X Racing. The team of ex-Formula 1 world champion Nico Rosberg won the season opener in Saudi Arabia in February. New in Sardinia: The two-time DTM champion Timo Scheider, who will start with Tamara Molinaro for Xite Energy Racing.

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.

With the “Legacy Programme”, Extreme wants to make a difference on site with targeted projects. So this week, teams and drivers return to Sennariolo to visit the communities affected by the devastating wildfires of 2021. A second project also supports the conservation of sea grass.

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.

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