Emma Kimiläinen and Oliver Webb in the Electric GT Championship
Emma Kimiläinen and Oliver Webb are the latest names on the drivers’ list for the inaugural season of the Electric GT Championship, the world’s first 100% zero-emissions GT championship, which would start in 2017.
The EGT Drivers’ Club has thirteen names so far. Prior to Kimiläinen and Webb, the other drivers who confirmed the participation were Stefan Wilson, Vicky Piria, Dani Clos, Leilani Munter, Tom Coronel, Alice Powell, Tom Onslow-Cole, Ricardo Teixeira, Jeroen Bleekemolen, Kevin Ceccon and Stephen Cox. They will compete in the similar Tesla Model S P100D cars along seven other drivers in seven rounds at some of the world’s most famous race tracks.
The 27-year-old Helsinki-based Emma Kimiläinen competed in the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship for the last three seasons. Earlier in a career, from 2005 to 2009, she participated in different single-seater competitions. His last season was 2009, when she finished fifth in the Formula Palmer Audi. After that, she decided to take a break from motorsport, becoming a mother. She returned to racing in 2014, competing in the STCC since then.
“The idea of combining racing with weekend-long festivals for technology and innovation for sustainability is really making this business and marketing-minded woman thrilled. I have waited to make a comeback to bigger European racing and think now is the right time. I can’t wait to test the EGT Tesla S P100D on track. As a mother I think even more about what is left to the future generations. The world is changing and I’m delighted that the EGT is one of the front-runners of making the change in the motorsport industry. I’m fortunate to have experienced the progress of motor racing for over 25 years and I’m really honoured that I was invited to be a part of the ‘Age of Light’,” Emma Kimiläinen said.
The 25-year-old Oliver Webb, from Manchester, England, climbed the motorsports ladder since 2005. Last year, he was a full-time driver of the LMP1 prototype in the FIA World Endurance Championship for Team ByKolles. Earlier in a career, his greatest success was the 2014 European Le Mans Series title with Signatech Alpine. With the same team, he finished third in LMP2 class at 2014 24h Le Mans.