New esports race series raising funds and awareness for global Covid-19 charity appeal.
Nissan e.dams competed on a sun-drenched virtual Monaco street circuit today for the third round of the ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge, raising funds for the global UNICEF appeal.
The new online racing series represents Formula E, the pinnacle of real-world Zero Emission racing, as the height of Zero Emission competition in the virtual world. This aligns with Nissan’s goal of Zero Emissions and Zero Fatalities – an important pillar of Nissan Intelligent Mobility – the brand’s vision for changing how cars are driven, powered and integrated into society.
The ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge raises funds for UNICEF’s global coronavirus appeal, helping keep children safe, healthy and learning in the face of the pandemic.
The ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge is split into two grids and two races; the Driver Grid made up of Formula E racers, and the Challenge Grid of sim racers.
Competing on a narrow and unforgiving virtual Monaco street circuit, Nissan e.dams drivers Oliver Rowland and Sebastien Buemi qualified in P5 and P23. Rowland had the pace to run at the front but was caught up in an unfortunate first lap incident that damaged his car. However, he fought on to take P6 at the finish. Buemi was knocked out in the Race Royal format in P16.
In the Challenge Grid event, sim drivers Niek Jacobs and Jan von Der Heyde returned for the team, qualifying in P7 and P14. In the race, the Nissan pairing finished in P8 and P11, respectively.
“P16 in Monaco today. I had some contact early on that damaged the car and made it a little difficult to manage. I’m improving with each round and looking forward already to round four.”
“Not too bad today. I was a bit unfortunate at the start to sustain quite a lot of damage in the incident at turn 2, which slowed me down. It’s for a great cause and we’ll race hard next week.”