Jean-Eric Vergne and Method E maintain charity e-karting occasion forward of the Paris E-Prix
With simply days to go till the 2018 Paris E-Prix, a bunch of ABB FIA Method E Championship drivers headed right down to the RKC observe in Paris to attempt their hand at electrical karting alongside rising Method three star Billy Monger. Billy gained the FIA President’s Award ultimately December’s FIA Prize Giving Ceremony for his exceptional bravery and dedication to motor sport following a crash in Method four that resulted within the lack of each of his legs.
“After I had my accident, I did not know if I would be capable of drive once more, not to mention race with the Method E grid,” stated Monger, “I understand how necessary motor sport has been in my rehabilitation – not solely on the circuit but additionally off the observe, holding me motivated and stimulated. I believe it may well assist lots of people. I am simply working my manner up the classes however Method E is clearly one thing I am concerned about – we’ll have to attend and see!”
Main the occasion – and in addition the Method E driver’s championship – was Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne, who organized the day with the blessing of the newly-established FIA Incapacity and Accessibility Fee and its President Nathalie McGloin to boost funds for the charity Spinal Monitor.
“Days like right this moment are good, as so many disabled folks do not suppose motor sport is for them, just because they do not see sufficient folks doing it,” commented McGloin. “However now they see Billy doing it and his story is exceptional – he is competing once more and happening to be knowledgeable racing driver.
“Method E is likely one of the nice, new fixtures within the race calendar and, above all, it is common. Individuals have actually been embracing it and we would like folks to embrace drivers of all skills – so it is nice to have the assist of the drivers and groups.”
Offering disabled drivers with the prospect to get behind the wheel of a racing automobile, Spinal Monitor is about getting disabled folks to do the identical issues able-bodied drivers can do. To go to the donation web page – click on right here.
With a full day of karting, it was enterprise as regular for the Method E drivers, with simply as a lot motion as a daily Method E avenue race, albeit on a smaller scale. “It was nice to be right here all collectively right this moment,” stated Jean-Eric Vergne, who additionally celebrated his 28th birthday right this moment. “It was the primary time we have had electrical karts on the observe. Method E is setting an instance as the way forward for motorsport and shortly that may come to karting. We’re proving right this moment that we’re in a position to do a karting race with prime Method E drivers.”
Internet hosting the occasion at RKC – his household observe close to Paris – Vergne defined why this race was significantly important to him and different racing drivers. “At my household observe, we have now at all times wished to encourage folks into motor sport and catered for handicapped folks,” he stated, trying round at a full grid that includes drivers of all ages and skills moments earlier than the race. “We have at all times been concerned in that and we have seen numerous disabled drivers earlier than however nobody like Billy, who had such an accident at the start of his profession. So to see him doing Method three just one 12 months after the accident and getting on the rostrum is unimaginable. He is an instance to all the guys his age.”
Beginning off with three, eight-minute free apply periods, the drivers blended into groups with followers and aspiring racing drivers earlier than heading into three rounds of qualifying, every lasting eight minutes. With each the session and the competitors beginning to warmth up, the groups headed into the races, every competing for that all-important first place end. “It is good coaching for Saturday,” stated Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist with a smile, earlier than congratulating Venturi Method E’s Maro Engel, whose workforce took residence the primary place prize with MS & AD Andretti Method E’s Antonio da Felix Costa and his workforce in second, adopted by Monger’s workforce making it onto the rostrum in third.