Extreme E's double-header in Sardinia: Events

Extreme E has reshuffled its dates. Out goes its Ocean X-Prix to be replaced by an extra race at an Italian military base

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Sardinia Island X-Prix
July 6-7 & 9-10

When the calendar for Extreme E’s second season was initially announced in December ’21, the plan was to host an Ocean X-Prix in either Scotland or Senegal in July, with a May date given to Sardinia.

But the fixture list had to be reshuffled due to the war in Ukraine, so said Extreme E, and a four-and-a-half month break was introduced between the first and second rounds. The series now comes to Sardinia for a double-header on July 6-7 and 9-10.

The race will take place at a military base in Capo Teulada in south-west Sardinia, but as Italy’s armed forces had priority, the May X-Prix had to be pushed further into the year. For 2022 it replaces the Ocean X-Prix, which was held last year at Lac Rose, 18 miles north of Dakar.

The Scottish Outer Hebrides was meant to serve as an alternative when rumours of Senegal’s unavailability surfaced, with the British government prepared to invest £1m in the project. But it was ultimately decided that an Italian double-header would serve best. Scotland is still thought to be under consideration as a future venue.

Round two becomes the first X-Prix to be held on a weekday, followed by round three at the weekend. The 4.37-mile track is designed to be unforgiving with many of the corners angled at 90 degrees. Last year, Rosberg X Racing won, while Lewis Hamilton’s X44 machine ran into a tree.

Rosberg X also won the title in 2021, with X44 finishing runner-up. The former enters race week on top of the table with 30 points, with Sainz XE Team 18 points behind and X44 trailing in third.

From Sardinia, the Extreme E operation heads to the Copper X-Prix in northern Chile in late September and then on to the final race in Uruguay in November.

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From left: Rosberg X’s Johan Kristoffersson, CEO Nico Rosberg and Molly Taylor, 2021

BRITISH GT – SNETTERTON 300
Norfolk, June 25-26

Before moving on to Belgium – the only European event on the calendar – British GT makes a domestic stop at Snetterton. The three-mile circuit has 12 turns, and Phil Keen’s lap record from 2016 remains unbeaten.

MOTOGP – DUTCH GP  
TT Circuit Assen, June 26

Last year, Fabio Quartararo won this race. The 2.82-mile track seems to suit him since he has finished on the podium four of six times. In his fight to defend his title, if he starts on pole, he will become the rider with most poles at TT Assen.

EUROPEAN LE MANS SERIES – MONZA 4 HOURS
Monza, July 3

‘The Temple of Speed’ hosts the third round of the series with Prema Racing at the top of the LMP2 table having won the first two races in its debut season.As for LMP2 Pro/Am, in its second season, Racing Team Turkey leads.

FORMULA 1 – AUSTRIAN GP
Red Bull Ring, July 10

Red Bull returns to its home race where Max Verstappen was victorious last year, accompanied by Valtteri Bottas and Lando Norris on the podium. Verstappen managed to gain a 32-point lead over Hamilton in the title race. Should Max win the 2022 Austrian GP, he will have four victories to his name, edging out Alain Prost who has three.

FORMULA E – NEW YORK CITY ePRIX
Brooklyn Street Circuit, July 16-17

Since its inauguration in 2017, the track has undergone several changes and is today a mile and a half in length, running alongside the Cruise Terminal waterway.

If the 14-turn circuit wasn’t exciting enough, the Manhattan skyline acts as one of the most scenic backdrops of the season. Sam Bird is the most consistent driver here, having won three times.

More July events

July 3 WTCR – Vila Real, Portugal
July 14-17 WRC – Rally of Estonia, Tartu, Estonia
July 15-17 IndyCar – Toronto, Canada
July 16 NASCAR Xfinity Series – New Hampshire Motor Speedway