The ABT Cupra XE team completed their drover line up on Thursday with the news that Claudia Hürtgen has joined the team for season one of Extreme E.
The sportscar driver who joins Mattias Ekström in the team said:
Even after 25 years in motorsport Extreme E is an all-new and exciting challenge for me that I’m very much looking forward to. What makes this competition special among other things is the fact that this is an all-new adventure for all entrants that we’re jointly embarking on.
Hürtgen spoke about her recent test of the ODYSSEY 21 saying:
“I learn something new on every kilometre and try to handle each corner with greater perfection. Needless to say, it’s great to have such an experienced and open-minded team mate in Mattias who superbly supports me in this effort.”
Alejandro Agag, founder and CEO of Extreme E commented saying:
“It is fantastic to have yet another top-class female driver join Extreme E. Claudia brings with her a wealth of experience in motor racing, and while she more used to sports car racing, I’m sure her skills will transfer off-road, particularly with the support of her team mate Mattias.”
ABT CEO Thomas Biermaier said:
We met Claudia for the first time at a small shoot-out with several female candidates this summer and were soon convinced that she’d be the right choice – not only because of her strong performance in the cockpit, but also due to her professional cooperation, her precise feedback to our engineers and her overall demeanour. Claudia is simply a good fit for us.”
Mattias Ekström commented saying:
Claudia and I have occasionally crossed paths with in recent years, we know each other and get along well. It didn’t take long for her to impress the entire team and me as well. Claudia is an extremely quick learner and immediately adjusts to all requirements. Given that she’s joining us with just little experience in off-road racing, that’s even more impressive.”