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Carroll is aiming to power back after tough start to Formula E bid

By Sammy Hamill

It can't have been the beginning Jaguar or Adam Carroll envisaged when they embarked on their first season in the FIA Formula E Championship.

They chose the all-electric series for their return to motorsport and the experienced, versatile Carroll was seen as a shrewd selection to spearhead the team alongside young New Zealander Mitch Evans. But two races into the 2016-17 season of street races across the globe and they are languishing at the bottom of the standings with zero points.

Heading into round three in downtown Buenos Aires this weekend, Carroll, the former A1GP champion from Portadown and a race winner in virtually every category he has contested, admits Formula E is one of the biggest challenges he has faced.

"There is so much to learn, both for myself and the team," he explained. "We have started virtually from scratch and are competing against teams with up to two years of experience of these cars. It is totally new technology and it will take time to get up to speed.

"Formula E is more tactical and technical than almost any other form of racing. Yes, you have to balance the speed of the car against the drain on the battery but out on the track it is man and machine trying to win races."

He is hoping the three-month break since the last race in Marrrakesh will have given the team time to address issues which have seen him and Evans struggling to match top factory-supported teams Renault and Audi.

"If I'm supposed to use 1.6 kilowatts per lap and I use 1.7 I can go a second a lap quicker, but the battery won't last unless I can find a way to save power or regenerate the battery by lifting off the throttle early or braking late," he said. "It's tricky.

"It will take time for myself and Mitch to adapt and for the engineers to get the maximum out of the whole package but I would hope to be pushing for podiums as the season progresses."

A healthy haul of points from Buenos Aires would be a good place to start.

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