Triple DTM champion Mattias Ekstrom and new everlasting team-mate Jutta Kleinschmidt mixed to set a complete time of 13m58.499s on the ten.8-mile two-lap Kangerlussuaq route.
Kleinschmidt – the 2001 Dakar Rally winner initially employed by Excessive E as an official reserve driver – was signed full-time for Abt Cupra to exchange Claudia Hurtgen, who has stood down after falling in poor health through the earlier spherical in Senegal.
Whereas solely quickest general via two of the 31 waypoints on the course by the Russell Glacier, Ekstrom and Kleinschmidt ended the Friday working with a sound 22.384s cushion.
However this margin, fractionally prolonged by finishing the quickest driver swap, got here throughout a session by which all eight remaining groups might web site legitimate causes for falling again.
Second-fastest was the Andretti United duo of Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen.
Each already re-signed by the squad for 2022, they have been hampered when Hansen caught a ridge that flicked the rear of the automotive into the air.
After the heavy touchdown he would solely set yet another session-best dash via a waypoint, though 2019 World Rallycross champion Hansen’s 5m57.941s effort nonetheless proved the very best single lap of the day.
Laia Sanz/Carlos Sainz, Acciona | Sainz XE Crew, leads Catie Munnings/Timmy Hansen, Andretti United Excessive E, and Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky/Kevin Hansen, JBXE Excessive-E Crew
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Seven-time Formulation 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton’s X44 group ran to 3rd, with Sebastien Loeb beginning the automotive earlier than handing over to stablemate Cristina Gutierrez.
It marked the part-time orthodontist’s first aggressive motorsport outing since fracturing two vertebrae throughout a rally raid occasion in Kazakhstan earlier this yr.
Xite Vitality Racing ran to fourth, sitting 1m10.404s off the Abt Cupra benchmark, however that point included a 15s penalty for Christine Giampaoli Zonca failing to go between the 2 chevrons marking the entry to the driving force changeover zone.
Rosberg X Racing, based by Nico Rosberg, seeks to keep up its 100% successful file in Excessive E however was stymied early on when Johan Kristoffersson hit the brakes for the driving force change zone and suffered a automotive shutdown at a price of 80s.
Molly Taylor/Johan Kristoffersson, Rosberg X Racing
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The third group fronted by an F1 champion, JBXE’s cost was harm by a left-rear puncture sustained by Kevin Hansen, who once more replaces Jenson Button (on-site this weekend) for a second spherical in succession.
Carlos Sainz Sr’s co-owned Acciona Sainz outfit was the one different automotive to set an entire time, however this got here after enduring one other energy steering failure – the identical subject to have blighted outings in Saudi Arabia and Senegal.
Emma Gilmour, changing Spa-bound W Collection Jamie Chadwick for the primary time, accomplished her maiden aggressive Excessive E lap aboard the Veloce Racing machine earlier than swapping for Stephane Sarrazin.
The vastly skilled ex-Formulation E and World Rally driver failed to finish his run owing to an overheating battery regardless of the cooler temperatures in Greenland.
Whereas energy was elevated for the third occasion, up from 225kW to 275kW, the Williams Superior Engineering battery remains to be working properly down on its 400kW said most.
Chip Ganassi Racing skilled related crucial temperatures as its torrid run of kind seems set to stay, with Sara Value finishing her lap earlier than Kyle Leduc’s stoppage.