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Simon Evans wins first-ever Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY race in Saudi Arabia

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History was made on two very significant fronts Saturday in Saudi Arabia.

First, New Zealand driver Simon Evans won the inaugural Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY race in Ad Diriyah.

Secondly, Alice Powell, Katherine Legge and Celia Martin became the first women not only to ever race in Saudi Arabia, it also marked the first time women and men have competed together in the country.

Evans started from the pole after qualifying was cancelled due to heavy rain. The starting grid was based on the outcome of Friday’s practice session.

Evans dominated the race, leading 23 of the 25 scheduled minutes, plus one final lap for the checkered flag.

“It feels amazing to win the race from pole to flag, it’s very special,” Evans said. “It wasn’t an easy race, and it just shows from the practice times and the race itself, the pack is incredibly close.

“The very first win is the one everyone wants and hopefully we can continue the momentum to the next race in Mexico.”

Brazilian driver Sergio Jimenez finished second, followed by American Bryan Sellers.

Powell not only won the PRO-AM category, she also finished fifth overall, the highest-finishing of the three women in the race.

“The pace was there for me in the first half of the race which is fantastic,” Powell said. “In some ways I didn’t expect it, given our times in practice.

“I knew I had to make my way up in the first four laps, so in the first couple I made my moves and from then on, the car was fantastic. It’s been great to race in Saudi Arabia and hopefully it will inspire some more women to get racing – a big thank you to Jaguar for the opportunity.”

Also of note, Legge, who finished sixth, set the fastest lap of the race at 1:32.36. Teammates Sellers and Legge gave Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing two finishers in the top-six, the most of any team entered in the race.

The final results are:

Position Driver Nationality Team Classification
1 Simon Evans NZL Team Asia New Zealand PRO
2 Sergio Jimenez BRA Jaguar Brazil Racing PRO
3 Bryan Sellers USA Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing PRO
4 Cacá Bueno BRA Jaguar Brazil Racing PRO
5 Alice Powell GBR Jaguar VIP Car PRO AM
6 Katherine Legge GBR Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing PRO
7 Bandar Alesayi SAU Saudi Racing PRO AM
8 Ahmed Bin-Khanen SAU Saudi Racing PRO AM
9 Tao Wang CHN Team China PRO AM
10 Yaqi Zhang CHN Team China PRO AM
11 Célia Martin FRA Viessman Jaguar eTROPHY Team Germany PRO AM
12 Stefan Rzadzinski CAN TWR TECHEETAH PRO

The next round of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY takes place in Mexico City on 16 February 2019.

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Dean Wilson out for rest of Supercross season

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“Such a massive gut punch on Saturday,” Dean Wilson wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. “Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye.”

With that post, Wilson announced that he will be out for the remainder of the Supercross season, which includes races at East Rutherford, N.J. and Las Vegas, Nev. An MRI earlier in the week revealed a shoulder injury. He also sustained damage to his kidney in a Lap 8 accident while he was running in the top 10.

Wilson’s injuries will not require surgery.

Wilson’s season began with a lot of promise. Earning the holeshot in the season-opening race at Anaheim, Wilson led for a time before narrowly missing the podium in fourth.

Two weeks later, Wilson finished fifth overall in the Triple Crown event of Anaheim II. Those are his only top-fives of the season.

“The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year,” Wilson continued.

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Such a massive gut punch on Saturday. Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye. Started off Denver topping free practice then went on to qualify P1 in qualifier 1. Qualifier 2 didn’t get the cleanest laps but ended with a 4th. On to the main event I was running around 7th on lap 7 moving forward and as I came around for the rhythm section I tripled in and something freak happened causing the bike to nose dive after I tripled in and pile driving me into the ground. The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year. It’s tough just hoping to have a ride each year. 2nd part is people saying “wilson’s hurt again, big surprise there” when it was something that wasn’t my fault. It’s a tough pill To swallow.. I injured my shoulder and got a contusion on my kidneys. Got MRI and good news is I dodged a bullet on my shoulder and I am just going to give it a few weeks of rest and therapy and see where we are at. Huge disappointment to end my SX season like this. Thanks to my whole team for everything and everybody checking in on me. I really appreciate it. I will be back.

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Next Race: East Rutherford April. 27, on NBCSN and on NBC Sports Gold

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