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Carroll revved up for the chance to repeat Monaco heroics after Mexico success

 

By Sammy Hamill

Adam Carroll says racing on the streets of Monaco is a challenge on a different level to any other. But it is a challenge the Portadown driver has mastered in the past and one he looks forward to as he heads into round four of the FIA Formula E Championship on Saturday.

After a difficult start to the all-electric single-seater series, Carroll and Jaguar team-mate Mitch Evans go into the Monaco round buoyed up by their first points finish in Mexico last month.

New to the championship this year, they struggled in the first three races, but with New Zealander Evans finishing fourth and Carroll eighth, their confidence has been given a welcome boost.

It was in 2008 that Carroll won a frenetic GP2 race in Monte Carlo, beating among others that day current F1 World champion Nico Rosberg who finished third.

"Since we left Mexico I've been counting the days to Monaco," said former A1GP champion Carroll.

"For our fourth race ever it was really positive and, hopefully, the start of more to come.

"It is a challenge, but I love racing on the Monaco streets and the Mexican result gave everyone in the team a lift. We've got a spring in our step now."

Saturday's race uses a slightly shortened version of the Monaco Grand Prix circuit.

With three wins from four races, Sebastien Buemi leads the series for Renault, five points ahead of Lucas di Grassi of the ABT Audi team.

Carroll's fellow Ulster racer Wayne Boyd is in Italy this weekend for round two of the European Le Mans LMP3 prototype series, still searching for his first win for the United Autosports team.

In his second season with the Anglo-American team, Boyd has been on pole and on the podium but not yet the top step.

He and his driving partners Christian England and Mark Patterson took second place behind John Falb and Sean Rayhall in a United Autosports one-two in this season's first round at Silverstone.

How he would love to reverse the positions around the historic Monza circuit on Sunday.

"I've never raced at Monza before but we had a great test last month so hopefully we can turn that into a good result for us. At Silverstone we didn't get to show our true pace after a few uncontrollable issues but still made the podium so our aim has to be to get the win this time," he said.

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