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How and where to watch the Extreme E Desert X Prix

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The very first Extreme E event – the Desert X Prix – will be broadcast on multiple channels this weekend

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The pioneering Extreme E series has its inaugural round this weekend: the Desert X Prix at Al-‘Ula in Saudia Arabia.

Electric SUVs with ‘explosive’ performance will be racing through the dusty landscape in a series of sprints. Among the contenders are nine-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb — driving for Lewis Hamilton’s team; Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button; and W Series winner Jamie Chadwick.

It’s a made for TV event with short, frenetic action, and it’s being shown live on terrestrial TV. Here’s everything you need to know about which TV stations it’s on and when, in addition to session timings for the whole weekend.

(All times BST unless stated).


What time is the Extreme E Desert X Prix?

The Desert X Prix final  from 11am – 1pm BST on Sunday, with semi-finals taking place from 7am – 8.30am earlier that day.

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Qualifying will be held the day before and these time trials will be split into two parts, taking place at 7am to 8.30am and 12pm to 1.30am on Saturday.

Aggregate times from these sessions will decide the semi-final starting positions.

See our full guide to Extreme E for more information on the race format, as well as the teams and drivers involved in the series, plus the environmental legacy that the series hopes to leave.


Where to watch?

Terrestrial viewers can catch the final live on ITV, where coverage starts at midday on Sunday, April 4. It will also be available on demand on the ITV Hub.

The final also be available on the BBC Red Button and both broadcasters will show highlights packages.

Sky Sports will be broadcasting action from every stage live on Sky Sports Mix and or/Sky Sports Action.

  • Saturday April 3, 7am Qualifying coverage begins early — at 7am, when the cars will compete for the first time. A late change to the plans will see them take part in individual timed runs to give them all a clear run, free from clouds of dust.
  • Saturday April 3, 12pm Qualifying Round 2 will be shown from midday.
  • Sunday April 4, 7am The semi-finals bring another early start on Sunday
  • Sunday April 4, 11am Sky’s coverage of the final begins at 11am, with the first race winner being crowned before 1pm.

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Entire live coverage is available to BT Sport subscribers too, who can watch it live on BT Sport 1 as well as on-demand highlights.

ITV, BT Sport and Sky Sports will additionally broadcast a 20-part magazine series called ‘Electric Odyssey’, telling the story of Extreme E and documenting the progress of its environmental mission.


How to stream?

The Desert X Prix final will be available to stream live on the BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub and the Sky Go app.

Qualifying sessions can be streamed on the BBC iPlayer, the Extreme E website and all its social media channels.

Extreme E Desert X Prix Session Times


Shakedown 4:30pm to 4:50pm


Qualifying 1 7am – 8:30am

Qualifying 2 12pm – 13:30pm



Semi-final 7am – 8:30am

Final 11am – 1pm

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