RXR penalized for Sainz crash, Ganassi wins first X-Prix

A 30-second penalty for the championship leader demotes it to third behind Xite Energy Racing

Sara Price (USA) / Kyle Leduc (USA), Chip Ganassi Racing

Chip Ganassi Racing has won its maiden Extreme E event at the first Island X Prix after on-the-road winners Rosberg X Racing was penalized for the collision which resulted in Carlos Sainz and Acciona Sainz retiring from the race.

RXR’s Johan Kristoffersson made contact with Sainz moments into the first final of the double header; the contact resulting in a violent roll for Sainz.

Kristofferrson was able to continue, albeit with a badly wounded car, which enabled team-mate Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky to score what was RXR’s second consecutive win of the season.

But at around 8pm local time the result was amended, with RXR receiving a 30 second penalty for its involvement in the crash.

Rosberg X Racing give their Odyssey 21 a wash in the paddock

The infraction dropped it to third, elevating Chip Ganassi Racing to first – avenging the team’s painful loss on Extreme E’s previous visit to Sardinia where it lost a 40s lead in the final due to a mechanical failure.

Xite Energy Racing moves up to second, improving on its best result, having never made a final before this round. RXR meanwhile remains on the podium, albeit in third.

Sainz meanwhile was taken to a local hospital for precautionary checks following the crash.

“Unfortunately, Carlos Sainz from team Acciona Sainz was involved in a collision with team RXR in the opening moments of Extreme E’s NEOM Island X Prix final, in Sardinia this afternoon,” read a statement from Acciona Sainz.

“Carlos remained conscious and is in good spirits but will be taken to hospital for further assessments as precaution.

“We will update with any further information as we receive it.