One week to go until Extreme E heads to Scotland for homecoming Hydro X Prix
There is just one week to go until Scotland’s flagship motorsport event in Glenmuckloch, the Hydro X Prix, as the pioneering electric racing championship Extreme E makes its return to the UK.
The series’ upcoming Scottish event will take place in the former opencast Glenmuckloch mine in Dumfries and Galloway on 13-14 May, shown live on ITV and STV at 1300 – 1500 on both days.
The Hydro X Prix in Scotland represents an exciting return home for the sport for purpose series, as it delivers its third season highlighting climate issues and solutions that are not just global, but also right on our doorstep.
Racing at the restored former opencast coal mine for the Hydro X Prix will provide a poignant backdrop for Extreme E, which uses its platform to raise awareness of climate change and global solutions, with the mine about to undergo the next phase of its major transformation into a Pumped Storage Hydropower (PSH) plant and wind farm.
Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Extreme E, said: “We are all really excited for the series’ upcoming race in Scotland – the Hydro X Prix.
“We could not have found a more perfect racing site than the former Glenmuckloch coal mine. Here in Scotland, our race site will play homage to the much needed transition of an old coal mine which is being given a new and exciting lease of life as a hydro-project, which will provide a fully renewable energy source for the region for centuries to come.
“Extreme E continues to push the boundaries of sustainable motorsport, and so to come to Scotland and be aligned with its increasing focus on renewable energy is fantastic.
“We enjoyed two great races at our first round in Saudi Arabia, with two debut winners, and with the championship closer than ever we are expecting a spectacular Hydro X Prix in Scotland.”
On track action
There will be one new face amongst the line-up of drivers on the Extreme E grid in the form of rallycross star Andreas Bakkerud. Although not a stranger to the series, having signed as a Championship Driver ahead of the Desert X Prix in NEOM, Saudi Arabia, the Norwegian will make his debut for Jenson Button’s JBXE outfit in Scotland.
The full driver line-up for the Hydro X Prix will be as follows:
ABT CUPRA XE:
- Nasser Al-Attiyah (Qatar)
- Klara Andersson (Sweden)
ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team:
- Mattias Ekström (Sweden)
- Laia Sanz (Spain)
Andretti ALTAWKILAT Extreme E:
- Timmy Hansen (Sweden)
- Catie Munnings (UK)
Carl Cox Motorsport:
- Timo Scheider (Germany)
- Christine GZ (Italy/Spain)
- Andreas Bakkerud (Norway)
- Hedda Hosås (Norway)
NEOM McLaren Extreme E:
- Tanner Foust (USA)
- Emma Gilmour (New Zealand)
No.99 GMC HUMMER EV Chip Ganassi Racing:
- RJ Anderson (USA)
- Amanda Sorensen (USA)
Rosberg X Racing:
- Johan Kristoffersson (Sweden)
- Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky (Sweden)
- Kevin Hansen (Sweden)
- Molly Taylor (Australia)
X44 Vida Carbon Racing:
- Fraser McConnell (Jamaica)
- Cristina Gutiérrez (Spain)
Away from the racing action, Extreme E will support the restoration of the River Nith to ensure the preservation of Atlantic salmon as part of its legacy programme for the Hydro X Prix.
The series will implement a multi-stage project, focused on mitigating climate change effects on local salmon stocks. Partnering with the Nith District Salmon Fishery Board, the aim is to reverse the impact of climate change through community engagement, education, and the application of science.