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Formula E: Adam Carroll is hoping Jaguar's big comeback will be electric

By Sammy Hamill

Adam Carroll will be unveiled as lead driver when Jaguar officially announce their return to motor racing in the FIA Formula E Championship after a 12-year absence.

Former A1GP champion Carroll, from Portadown, will be joined by New Zealander Mitch Evans as Jaguar join the growing band of teams in the global Formula E series which features electric single-seater racing cars.

Heavily promoted by the FIA as part of its 'green' agenda, FE is gathering momentum as it enters its third year of winter season races on street circuits in major cities around the world.

The 2016-17 schedule involves 12 races in places like Hong Kong, New York, Buenos Aires and Marrakesh.

Now 34, the vastly experienced Carroll, who is currently driving in the World Endurance Championship with the Gulf Porsche team, has been racing cars since he was 15, his career spanning everything from Formula Three, where his rivals included Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, to Indycars in America and DTM saloons in Germany.

He has been described as 'Formula One's lost star' as a lack of financial backing meant he never got the chance, although at one point he was part of Honda's test programme.

Carroll is the archetypal 'have helmet will drive anything anywhere' racer, a man who has won in virtually every category he has contested. Finally he has a contract with a major manufacturer for a series which will be broadcast live on Channel 5.

Having conducted much of Jaguar's summer testing, Carroll flew back from the WEC race in Mexico at the weekend to join Evans for the final test sessions at Donington ahead of today's official confirmation.

He will see several familiar faces on the FE grid including ex-F1 drivers like Nick Heidfeld, Lucas di Grassi, Nelson Piquet jnr, Sebastien Buemi and Jean Eric Vergne. Powered by lithium ion batteries, which are made for all the teams by Williams Advanced Engineering, the FE cars can reach speeds of 150mph.

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