Former IndyCar and Champ Car driver Katherine Legge has become the first female driver to secure a seat for the inaugural season of FIA Formula E.
The all-electric championship is the first to have received FIA backing, and will kick off this fall in Beijing. In the past few weeks, a number of drivers have confirmed their seats, with Venturi GP announcing yesterday that Nick Heidfeld and Stephane Sarrazin will be racing for the team this season.
Legge, who currently races the DeltaWing in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, is relishing the opportunity to race in the new series.
“For me this is a really exciting opportunity,” she explained. “The car is fantastic, it looks amazing and it will be very quick.
“Racing through the streets of the world’s leading cities will be an incredible experience and I think it’s a great chance to bring racing to the people. We will be driving in their cities on their streets.”
Legge is the eleventh driver to be confirmed in Formula E for its first season, and the roster is certainly an impressive one. Six have raced full-time in Formula 1, with others enjoying success in series such as GP2 and the World Endurance Championship.
She is in fact the first to be confirmed with extensive racing experience in North America. Franck Montagny has raced in three one-off IndyCar rounds, and has won Petit Le Mans three times, but he, like the other drivers, have largely plied their trade in Europe.
SAKHIR, Bahrain – Toyota denied Porsche a swansong victory in its final LMP1 appearance in the FIA World Endurance Championship by taking a commanding win in the 6 Hours of Bahrain on Saturday.
Porsche started from pole in the last competitive outing for the three-time Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid car, only to lose out to Toyota’s Sebastien Buemi within the first half an hour of the race.
Porsche lost one of its cars from contention for victory after an errant bollard got stuck underneath Timo Bernhard’s No. 2 entry, leaving Nick Tandy to lead its charge in the No. 1 car.
Tandy moved into the lead just past half distance after a bold strategy call from Porsche to triple-stint the Briton after a fuel-only stop, vaulting him ahead of Anthony Davidson in the No. 8 Toyota.
Tandy’s win hopes were soon dashed when he tangled with a GTE-Am backmarker at Turn 1, sustaining damage that forced Porsche into an unplanned pit stop that put the car a lap down.
With the No. 7 Toyota losing two laps following a clash with a GTE-Pro car earlier on, Davidson, Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima went unchallenged en route to the car’s fifth victory of the season.
Porsche rounded out the podium with its cars, with the No. 2 leading home the No. 1, leaving Toyota’s No. 7 car to settle for P4 at the checkered flag.
Vaillante Rebellion clinched the title in LMP2 after a stunning fightback led by Bruno Senna, with the Brazilian securing his maiden motorsport championship win in the process.
GTE-Pro saw AF Corse complete a hat-trick of titles in 2017, with James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi wining the class’ first world championship recognized by the FIA, while Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda sewed up the GTE-Am title.