It’s just past 8 o’clock on July 10, 2022 at the racetrack in Zolder, Belgium, when most people are just waking up on a lazy Sunday morning. But in a large tent behind the grandstands, a dozen mechanics have been busily tightening screws, drilling, and likely breaking a sweat, as they get their half-built race cars ready for an exceptional premiere.
It was the first competitive race organized by the Electric Racing Academy (ERA). In November 2021, the first of the world’s first all-electric junior racing series had hit the Zolder track. Now, ten drivers were facing off at the 4.2-kilometer circuit at a speed of over 200 km/h. Cameron Hawes from France emerged the winner with a razor-thin lead of just five-hundredths of a second. The ERA team and spectators were thrilled to witness first-hand the successful debut. Three key players explain why this day was so special to them.