Extreme E cancels South American races amid Covid-19 concerns

Series seeks alternative X Prix race locations for 2021.

Extreme E cancels South American races amid Covid-19 concerns

Extreme E

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Electric SUV series Extreme E has announced that its final two races of the 2021 season have been cancelled.

The championship was set to visit Para, Brazil in October and Patagonia, Argentina in December, but now with the Covid-19 situation not improving in those regions, Extreme E has decided to postpone these events until 2022.

Replacement race locations are currently being explored, including the Western Isles, Scotland.

"We’ve been closely monitoring the situation regarding all Extreme E locations for 2021 and have chosen to make this pre-emptive decision on racing in South America this year," said Alejandro Agag, founder and chief executive of Extreme E.

"As a new series embarking on our opening season, our priority is to deliver a five-race calendar of events which are safe and responsible for our global participants, partners and staff to travel to and attend.

"This was not a decision made lightly, however current travel advice and restrictions have also meant we have been unable to visit the race areas in advance to undertake the necessary reconnaissance visits, which are especially vital due to the remote nature of our operations.

"We will of course continue to support our important reforestation and agroforestry initiatives which are already well underway in the region thanks to the help of Dr Francisco Olivieira and our partnership with The Nature Conservancy in Brazil.

"We would also like to thank the local authorities in Brazil and Argentina who have been supportive throughout the whole process and we hope we can return in 2022."

So far in its inaugural season, Extreme E has visited Saudi Arabia and Senegal, with the next stop in Greenland at the end of August.