Taylor nabs another victory in Extreme E

Monday 25 October, 2021
Molly Taylor won her third round in the inaugural Extreme E Series.

Extreme E 

Molly Taylor’s dream run in the inaugural Extreme E Series season continued, as she and teammate Johan Kristoffersson secured yet another victory in the electric off road racing championship. 
The duo had secured victories in the opening two rounds of the season earlier this year and made it three out of four after winning the Island X-Prix in Sardinia, Italy. 
Despite the Rosberg X Racing car eventually taking out the victory with a comfortable 25-second margin, it was far from easy as Taylor and Kristoffersson enjoyed some luck of their own in the Final. 
An eventful qualifying for the pair saw Taylor suffer steering issues during the first session, causing a spectacular roll before re-finding her pace in the second session, where both she and Kristoffersson posted good times to earn themselves a P2 start – despite a late puncture for the Swede. 
The team then won its semi-final and found themselves in the Final against fellow title rivals, the X44 partnership of Sébastien Loeb and Cristina Gutiérrez. 
However, when it came to the race, it was Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kyle Leduc and Sara Price who were on track to win after negotiating a bumpy start to move out to a 45 second lead. 
Their lead was helped when Loeb was forced to retire after the X44 truck’s toe-link snapped and steering failed, allowing Taylor to move into second place behind Leduc. 
While Price continued out front after taking the reins, unfortunately Leduc’s chaotic start caused a front-right steering failure and Price was forced to retire – handing Taylor and Kristoffersson the lead, which they converted into the victory. 
Only one round remains in the season with the Jurassic X Prix in Bovington, England on 18-19 December. 

British F4 

The 2021 British Formula 4 Championship had its season finale on the weekend as both Marcos Flack and Cameron McLeod picked up two top 10 finishes at Brands Hatch. 
Flack got the better start of the two and finished the opening race in sixth place, with McLeod in 15th. 

The roles were reversed in the next race as Flack finished just outside the points in 11th, while his less experienced compatriot finished P7. 
Despite missing out on a top 10 finish, Flack still managed to finish with some points thanks to his four passes during the race. 
In the final outing, Flack finished the season on a high with fifth place – his equal third best result of the whole season, while McLeod ended his two-round stint in the championship in eighth. 
With the championship now complete, both drivers are yet to reveal their plans for the 2022 season. 

French F4 

Another junior development series to wrap up for the year was the French Formula 4 Championship with Hugh Barter finishing the season on a high with his second race win of the year. 
Taking place at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, Barter started the opening race of the weekend on the second row and showed good speed throughout, posting the fastest lap and crossing the line in second place behind Esteban Masson. 
A chaotic second race saw Barter forced to the pits after being the victim of an incident ahead of him involving Masson, resulting in the championship leader’s front wing being under the Aussie teen’s car. 
Despite the setback, Barter continued to show the same pace he did in race one and made-up multiple positions to finish in a solid sixth place. 
The 16-year-old began his final outing for the year in second place and once again enjoyed the best race pace out of the 16-car field, claiming the fastest lap bonus point and victory in the 10-lap race. 
The Victorian ended his first season in open-wheel racing in second place behind Masson after title provisional title winner in Macéo Capietto was excluded from all three races post-round due to causing a collision with Masson in the final races. 

W Series 

Caitlin Wood was a last-minute inclusion for the W Series season finale in the United States as the Circuit of the Americas played host to a double round. 
The New South Wales born driver didn’t experience too much joy in her return as a disappointing qualifying session saw her start the race towards the back of the field. 
Although she did make up positions during the first of two races, she still fell short of a points finish and reached the chequered flag in P13. 
In Sunday’s race, Wood once again started at the back of the grid and was forced to work her way through the field. 

Just as she did on Saturday, the 24-year-old made the most of her opportunities and completed plenty of passes when she could, although this time, she managed to make it as high as 10th and finished the year with a handy point. 

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