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Finally, following Covid-related event cancellations last year, Extreme E made its South American debut last week as its ten teams tackled a short three-kilometre desert course of Atacama, considered the most remote and extreme setting used by the series. so far.

RXR started the weekend with a 31-point advantage at the top of the standings, which meant a second title was within reach. Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinksy and four-time World Rallycross king Johan Kristoffersson got off to a good start to their weekend in Chile by finishing first in qualifying and, despite finishing second in the heat, they won their semi-final. Loeb and Gutiérréz also won their semi-finals, seemingly guaranteeing that the title contenders would face off as usual in the final. But disaster struck Rosberg, when a software glitch meant RXR missed the deadline to make the grid for the culmination – the first time in two seasons that the inaugural champion team had failed to race in the final.

This meant Chip Ganassi Racing made a surprise last-minute appearance as first reserve, joining Acciona Sainz and Abt Cupra – plus McLaren who had qualified by winning the so-called (and which turned out to be aptly named) ) ‘Crazy Race’.


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