Extreme E

O’Donovan and GZ retained as Championship Drivers for Extreme E Season 4

Extreme E has confirmed that last year’s Championship Drivers – Patrick O’Donovan and Christine GZ – will return for Season 4.

With the electric off-road series set to kick back into action this weekend (February 17-18), the pair will once again take up their advisory and driving roles, providing support for the series organisers and its eight teams.

The duo will once again play a pivotal role in testing and finalising the race courses over the five X Prix weekends, which begin with the Desert X Prix in Saudi Arabia. They will also be on hand as an all-important back-up driver should any of the teams require a replacement during any of the race events.

O’Donovan, 19 from London, UK, is a rising Rallycross star and became an Extreme E Championship Driver at the first 2023 Island X Prix in Sardinia. He became the youngest-ever British Rallycross title-winner in 2022, aged just 18-years-old, winning the championship with a 50-point margin, and claiming the title once again in 2023.

He is also an FIA RX2e race-winner and most recently scored a podium at the final round of the 2023 World Rallycross Championship in Hong Kong.

Spanish star GZ, 30, born in India, competed for Carl Cox Motorsport last year, securing her first-ever podium finish at the Hydro X Prix in Scotland, marking the team’s maiden top-three result in the process.

Prior to GZ’s two X Prix for Carl Cox Motorsport, she raced for XITE Energy Racing in the championship’s debut season before taking part in four events for Veloce Racing in 2022. GZ also recently contested the 2024 Dakar Rally.

The opening round of Extreme E’s 2024 season kicks off in KAEC, Saudi Arabia, this weekend (17-18 February), with coverage across ITV and STV in the UK.

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Matt Allan

Matt is Editor of EV Powered. He has worked in journalism for more than 20 years and been an automotive journalist for the last decade, covering every aspect of the industry, from new model reveals and reviews to consumer and driving advice. The former motoring editor of inews.co.uk, The Scotsman and National World, Matt has watched the EV landscape transform beyond recognition over the last 10 years and developed a passion for electric vehicles and what they mean for the future of transport - from the smallest city cars to the biggest battery-powered trucks. When he’s not driving or writing about electric cars, he’s figuring out how to convert his classic VW camper to electric power.