FIA Formula E’s supporter series, the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy, is the first motorsport series that will end its running due to COVID-19, as of this 2019-2020 season.
eTrophy has faced financial disruption, like the Formula E franchise and its disruption of the season, over the lack of races/events due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Teams across all motorsport disciplines have had to face financial disruption for the same reason, but this stands as the first series that has withdrawn altogether.
The series began with 10 races and 12 cars in 2018 and was targeted to run for at three seasons on the current deal.
So far this season, three I-Pace eTrophy events have taken place but the series now faces its conclusion prematurely.
Season 2 (current) added Formula E’s ‘Attack Mode’ and had 10 entries present, making way for VIP guest entries.
James Barclay, Team Director at the Panasonic Jaguar Racing Formula E team, has said: “Over the last two seasons, the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY has produced some incredible racing around the world and has been a valuable addition to the Formula E schedule.
“Along with our valued entrants and series partners, we are proud of having created a true world-first with the I-PACE eTROPHY. Together we have pioneered battery electric vehicle racing.
“We would like to thank them for joining us on this journey and turning the vision into reality, helping show the industry what is possible in terms of electrification in motorsport.
“The series has realised many of the targets we set out to achieve. However, during these unprecedented times of the coronavirus pandemic, we have reviewed our strategy and made the decision to withdraw the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series after two successful seasons.
“We remain fully committed to electric motorsport and our Jaguar Racing Formula E programme as an important part of our transition to electric mobility and Destination Zero.
“I’m looking forward to the Formula E and eTROPHY seasons resuming if and when it is safe for our team, partners and fans to do so.”
Jamie Reigle, CEO of Formula E, commented on this decision. Part of his statement said: “At Formula E, we’re delighted to have supported this project which showcases how we enable our partners to leverage our platform to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles.
“We look forward to continuing to work with Jaguar Racing on their Formula E programme.”