Timo Scheider returns to race car: DTM champion starts off in the SUV Extreme E off-road race series for the XITE Energy Racing team for the first time. Before the second weekend of the season race in Sardinia (July 6-7, 2022), the team completely changes its line of drivers: Instead of drivers Oliver Bennett and Klara Andersson, who were actually scheduled, Scheider and teammate Tamara Molinaro. they move up.

The 24-year-old Italian has already competed in the opening season of Saudi Arabia in February this year for the XITE Energy Tournament, as according to the team Klara Andersson was forced to pass due to a corona infection. According to an Extreme E report to the media, Oliver Bennett is now focusing more on his nitro rallycross operations.

Scheider is running his first race in the electric race series written by Formula E founder Alejandro Agag, but he knows the Extreme E boy very well: he has been working as a songwriter and official reserve driver since the start of the series in 2021 Scheider was also involved in the development of an upcoming course in Sardinia.

The 43-year-old is set to begin his second race in 2022. Most recently, he competed in the 24-hour race at Nürburgring a few weeks ago for the RingPolice team in the Porsche Cup. In recent years, a former career driver from Audi and BMW has competed in the Rallycross World Race. Scheider also works as a DTM expert for ProSieben TV station.

With Scheider and Dakar winner Jutta Kleinschmidt, there are now two Germans at Extreme E. Kleinschmidt running for the Abt Sportsline team along with Nasser Al-Attiyah. The RXR team, run by the Rosberg DTM race team, led by founder Nico Rosberg (who tried the Extreme E car for the first time) is leading the championship after the first race weekend and is aiming to defend the crown.

“I’m really excited to go there and show what we can do,” says Scheider ahead of his first race game in Extreme E, where the rules require a man and a woman to compete at the helm during a race. “Tamara and I are all right in terms of play and I think we will do a good show in Sardinia.”