Rosberg X Racing wins Extreme E title against Hamilton’s X44

RXR finished fourth in the Jurassic X-Prix final, just enough for Kristoffersson and Taylor to be champions

Molly Taylor (AUS)/Johan Kristoffersson (SWE), Rosberg X Racing

Rosberg X Racing has won the inaugural Extreme E championship on win countback after finishing fourth in the Jurassic X-Prix final.

X44 had to hope for RXR to finish last in the final in order to stand any chance of winning the title and it nearly happened during a dramatic first two laps.

Cristina Gutiérrez got off to the perfect start for X44, getting into a clear lead before the first turn, while RXR had to battle JBXE for second.

Molly Taylor managed to hold on to second place for RXR and was given some breathing space when Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky dramatically got sideways and went a long way off-line part on the first lap.

Åhlin-Kottulinsky returned to the track side-by-side with Andretti United’s Catie Munnings, but JBXE was able to remain ahead coming into the next corner.

From there, both Andretti and JBXE hunted down Taylor. Åhlin-Kottulinsky passed her at the jump for second place, with Munnings also clearing Taylor shortly after to move into third.

Taylor then quickly fell a long way back from the top trio, and looked to be falling into the clutches of Laia Sainz, but the driver switch zone put an end to the dispute for position.

The Acciona Sainz team had a slow driver change, meaning RXR then had fourth place in the final easily in its hands once Taylor had handed over to Johan Kristofferson.

Meanwhile, at the front, Sébastien Loeb had a clear run to the finish to take the first event win for Lewis Hamilton’s X44 team by 3.6 seconds ahead of JBXE’s Kevin Hansen, while Andretti rounded out the top three with Hansen’s brother Timmy.

The result meant that RXR and X44 finished the season level on points, but the title was delivered to RXR having taken more event wins over the duration of the season.

JBXE’s second place secured it third in the teams’ standings, while Abt Cupra ended up fourth in the standings having failed to make it through from the semifinal stages earlier on Sunday.

Final results (3 laps)

1 Cristina Gutiérrez/Sébastien Loeb (X44)
2 Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky/Kevin Hansen (JBXE) +3.613s
3 Catie Munnings/Kevin Hansen (Andretti United) +9.735s
4 Molly Taylor/Johan Kristoffersson (Rosberg X Racing) +15.798s
5 Laia Sanz/Carlos Sainz (Acciona Sainz) +31.101s

Championship standings
1 Kristoffersson/Taylor 133   2 Loeb/Gutiérrez 121   3 Catie Munnings/Timmy Hansen 103   4 K Hansen/Åhlin-Kottulinsky 102   5 Sanz/Sainz 90   6 Mattias Ekström/Jutta Kleinschmidt 87   =7 Sara Price 60   =7 Stephane Sarrazin 60   9 Kyle LeDuc 59   10 Christine G-Z/Oliver Bennett 55

Teams standings
RXR 155   2 X44 155   3 JBXE 119   4 Andretti United 117   5 Abt Cupra 100   6 Acciona Sainz 100   7 Veloce Racing 77   8 Chip Ganassi Racing 74   9 Xite Energy Racing 63