28th August 2021.
Rosberg X Racing had a challenging start to the Arctic X Prix with the first of the two qualifying sessions marred by technical issues in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. It was a day of two halves as RXR then made a spectacular recovery in Qualifying Round 2 as the fastest in the pack.
Molly Taylor and Johan Kristoffersson’s combined efforts on the temperamental course next to the Russell Glacier, landed them in 3rd position overall.
Kristoffersson took to the circuit at the start of Qualifying Round 1 looking to set an ambitious time and was 10s ahead, however the RXR ODYSSEY 21 then suffered the first of three power shutdowns. The team went on to complete the quickest driver change of the day but RXR were then hit with another blow as Taylor completed a full 360 roll in the dune section of the course. Taylor continued undeterred by the roll and RXR finished Round 1 in 8th position.
Qualifying Round 2 saw RXR make a stunning comeback to be the fastest team of the session. Taylor completed her lap perfectly handing over to Kristoffersson with a 10s deficit to overcome. RXR then finished the race in 14m26.647s, 10s less than second placed team X44.
Following the two qualifying sessions, Rosberg X Racing driver Molly Taylor said: "What a day. We anticipated this would be an unpredictable race and we were correct. Round 1 was really tough with the technical issues we experienced alongside the roll of the car. The team showed incredible tenacity to come back and get the car ready in time for Round 2 so we are thrilled with the result.”
Johan Kristoffersson, Rosberg X Racing driver, added: “Round 1 was very frustrating with the three power shutdowns I had. The team did an incredible job to get the ODYSSEY 21 ready again for Round 2 and I am pleased we managed to complete a much better performance and get the result the team deserves. Now we can move on and look forward to the semi-final tomorrow.”
Kimmo Liimatainen, Rosberg X Racing Team Principal, commented: "It’s definitely been the most challenging day we have faced as a team so far in Extreme E. Molly did extremely well to recover from her roll and complete the first race so we took away some points. We are delighted with our performance in Round 2 which allowed both Johan and Molly to show what they can do in conditions like this and we can now look ahead to the semi-final tomorrow with confidence.”