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Carroll aiming to spark into life in Marrakech after early eye-opener

By Sammy Hamill

Adam Carroll says he is happy to have his first FIA Formula E race under his belt and is looking forward to building on the experience in Marrakech this weekend.

He admits he didn't know what to expect when he made his debut with Jaguar in the all-electric series in Hong Kong three weeks ago, saying it was all so new for him and the team.

"As a driver it is probably one of the hardest things I have done," the former A1GP champion from Portadown explained. "There is so much to learn about these cars, both for myself and the team and you have to remember Hong Kong was our first race in a series which is very different to anything we have experienced before."

Carroll, who has raced - and usually won - in everything from Formula Ford and Formula 3 to GP2 and Indycars, finished 12th in Hong Kong.

"I think we did okay. I wasn't going to risk any more than I had to. I just wanted to get a race under my belt. I can tell you it is tough racing, very close and competitive, with so much going on and learning to balance your pace against the need to preserve the battery," added Carroll.

"But for a small problem in the pits I might have made it into the top 10 but it is a start and we can build from there."

His New Zealand team-mate Mitch Evans retired with a mechanical problem at half-distance.

The Formula E series runs through the winter months on street circuits around the world from Buenos Aires to Paris and New York. Now in its third year, it is attracting a number of the major manufacturers including DS (Citroen), Renault, Jaguar and soon Audi, who have quit the World sports car series to focus on FE. There is also input from top F1 teams like Williams and McLaren as well as the Americans of Andretti Racing

The top three places in Hong Kong were taken by ex-F1 drivers, Sebastien Buemi winning from Lucas di Grassi and Nick Heidfeld.

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