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Carroll hoping to solve his problems on Big Apple debut

 

By Sammy Hamill

Adam Carroll has raced in virtually every part of the world but even for him this weekend brings a new venue - New York. The FIA's all-electric series, Formula E, becomes the first category of racing to take to the streets of the Big Apple and Ulsterman Carroll will be hoping his Big Cat responds to the challenge.

Carroll and his Jaguar team have struggled to make an impact in their first season in Formula E and languish down in ninth place in the standings after eight of the 12 races. Indeed, while team-mate Mitch Evans is 12th in the drivers' table, Carroll is back in 19th with just one points-scoring finish so far.

The much-travelled Portadown ace has been a winner in almost every form of racing he has contested including capturing the A1GP title for Team Ireland. But he has yet to master the complexities of the electric cars which involve balancing the natural urge to race as hard as possible with saving battery power.

Carroll insists he and the team are learning and improving race by race, pointing to the fact Evans recorded the fastest lap in the previous round in Berlin.

But they remain over 200 points behind the championship-topping Renault-DAMS team whose lead driver, Sebastien Buemi, has won six times. World Endurance Championship commitments mean he misses the double-header weekend.

Carroll has two chances to record his first top-six finishes in races which take place by the waterfront tomorrow and Sunday.

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