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University of Cambridge student Amanda Kangai revels in 'amazing opportunity' with Extreme E team Veloce Racing

A University of Cambridge student has broken new ground in the world of Extreme E – an off-road electric racing series.

Amanda Kangai, pictured, who is the president of Gonville & Caius Engineering Society and access officer for the Cambridge University Engineering Society, is the first female engineer to be appointed in the sport after her link up with Veloce Racing was announced.

Kangai’s new role is in line with Extreme E’s Racing For All initiative, which aims to reduce barriers and attract those who might not otherwise be able to have opportunities within motorsport, particularly those who are female, minority ethnic, or from a lower socio-economic background.

University of Cambridge student Amanda Kangai
University of Cambridge student Amanda Kangai

She said: “This is an amazing opportunity to jump right into the motorsport world and see how engineering works as part of a team. I am super excited.

“Being a student ambassador last year was a great experience, especially to be immersed into the Extreme E paddock.

“I also kept a close eye on Veloce Racing. I have always been a fan of the team and so it is great to be working with them for Season 3.”

Extreme E teams are limited to just five mechanics or engineers each to help reduce overall attendance numbers across the championship, but Racing For All provides an additional position for a sixth member to join each team to gain hands-on experience.

And Veloce Racing’s CEO Dan Bailey is pleased to have Kangai on-board.

He said: “Veloce is proudly committed to developing and promoting the very best talent in motorsport and we are delighted to welcome Amanda into the team for Season 3.

“Extreme E’s Racing for All initiative is extremely important and bringing Amanda into the team marks a crucial step for Veloce Racing. Not only is she the second member of the Racing For All initiative, but as the first female to be signed within the framework she reflects the team’s ambitions around equality.

“We look forward to working with Amanda and growing her skillset across such a revolutionary championship.”

The 2023 Extreme E Championship will get under way over the weekend of March 11-12 with the Desert X-Prix event in Saudi Arabia.

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