After a blazing start in April on the dunes of AlUla, Saudi Arabia, the second race in the first season of Extreme E went on full-throttle in Dakar, Senegal. Zenith is on board as Official Timekeeper and Founding Partner of Extreme E, the new off-road electric racing championship that highlights remote environments under threat of climate change and pollution. The pioneering electric SUV off-road racing series took to the beaches of Dakar for the second race of the new championship’s debut series, dubbed the Ocean X Prix.
After a promising qualifying run on Saturday, the teams gave it their all for a dramatic and exciting race on Sunday. Riding high from their pole position at Desert X Prix in AlUla, Rosberg X Racing’s Molly Taylor and Johan Kristoffersson ended the race with their team in the top spot. Zenith CEO Julien Tornare had the pleasure of presenting Veloce team drivers Jamie Chadwick and Stéphane Sarrazin with the trophy for second place after a formidable comeback performance. Segi TV Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kyle LeDuc took home the Super Sector title for the fastest lap earning an extra five points for his team.
Zenith Moment in Time Prize – Recognizing Exceptional Performance
Alongside the main podium prizes, Zenith gave out the first Zenith Moment in Time award for spectacular performance on the previous race in AlUla, with Extreme E fans also able to vote for the winner on social media. Catie Munnings received a DEFY Midnight for her spectacular performance, courage and ingenuity during the Desert X Prix; a watch that symbolizes the modern, confident and inspiring woman that blazes her own path against all adversity.
“We are so happy to award the first Zenith Moment in Time prize to Catie Munnings. She has demonstrated raw talent and honed skills during the last Extreme E race in Saudi Arabia, leading her team to great results despite having taken over a car with only three operating wheels. We could not be more thrilled to give this award to Catie.” Exclaimed Zenith CEO Julien Tornare.
Catie Munnings, Andretti United Extreme E driver and Zenith Moment in Time winner said:” It’s such an honour to have won the first ever award on the first race Extreme E, and although we definitely didn’t want to puncture, I think this is the best outcome I’ve ever had from one! We were very happy to finish on the podium following that qualifying run and being awarded the Zenith Moment in Time is the cherry on the cake. The Zenith Defy Midnight is stunning, and I was really surprised to see that the design on the watch face of the stars is actually the same design I chose for my helmet for this season – it was meant to be! An award like this is so special to remember different moments of the championship aside from the race result, not just on track but also through the legacy projects and environmental work. I look forward to see which moment is next!”