Pietermaritzburg driver Lance Woolridge has been picked by Veloce Racing ahead of Stephane Sarrazin for the final round of the inaugural Extreme E campaign in the United Kingdom to test a probable 2022 combination with female star Jamie Chadwick.
Ex-Formula 1 and Formula E driver Sarrazin is understood to have parted ways with the team for good to give reserve driver Woolridge his chance in the Odyssey 21 E-SUV, according to autosport.com.
The South African cross-country driver will partner two-time W Series champion Chadwick for the December 18-19 season finale Jurassic X-Prix at the Bovington military base in Dorset.
This will pave the way for Woolridge (30) to take the seat on a full-time basis for 2022 after a split with Sarrazin, who has critically damaged the team’s car in three of the four events.
The former Subaru World Rally Championship driver rolled in shakedown for the maiden event in Saudi Arabia, with the radio antenna puncturing the roll cage to leave Chadwick only able to drive one lap.
Sarrazin then suffered suspension failure in Greenland following a brilliant double overtake for the lead of a three-way heat that had forced him to run through a patch of boulders.
Then in Sardinia, most recently, he endured a huge roll once again while chasing after a heat victory.
Veloce’s patience with Sarrazin waned when the subsequent damage forced the team to miss the following day’s valuable test.
While a Veloce Racing statement failed to mention Sarrazin in any capacity, team principal Ruper Svendsen-Cook said: “I think I can speak for everyone at Veloce when I say we’re really excited to have two such talented drivers behind the wheel for the Extreme E season finale — and our home race — in Dorset later this month!
“Lance has been doing a fantastic job as our Reserve and Development Driver this season as well as having a great year racing in South Africa.”
“Then of course we have Jamie [Chadwick] who won Veloce’s first-ever title in W Series back in Austin so we believe we have the best line-up possible to finish the season on a high!”