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Formula E kills its latest junior series just days before the first scheduled race

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Just four days before the first race of its was set to take place, Formula E said the NXT Gen Cup will not be part of the World Championship calendar this season. The cancellation is “due to unexpected constraints faced by the support series,” a Formula E spokesperson .

The NXT Gen Cup was scheduled to be part of the four European events in Formula E’s Season 10, including this weekend’s Misano E-Prix double-header. However, according to , there were last-minute hitches in a deal between Formula E and the support series’ organizer, Fredrik Lestrup and the Lestrup Racing Team.

As a result, the electric Mini Cooper SE-based NXT Gen Cup (which debuted at a few events last year) is off the calendar for the time being. Formula E previously ran the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy support series between 2018 and 2020, but that didn’t prove successful.

The NXT Gen Cup decision has left Formula E scrambling to pad out the slate of activities available for fans at Italian circuit Misano. Organizers have added pit-lane autograph sessions, additional pit walks and expanded other promotional activities.

There’s arguably more concern for the drivers, engineers and other team members who were set to take part in the NXT Gen Cup. Races were planned to include male and female drivers, many of whom were under 17. The circuit would have given them valuable experience as Formula E and motorsport as a whole attempts to blood the next generation of competitors. However, a spokesperson said that “Formula E remains committed to nurturing the next generation of talent through FIA Girls on Track and other impactful initiatives for young people.”

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