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Sam Chicken wins first Method E New York Metropolis ePrix

Sam Chicken wins first Method E New York Metropolis ePrix

Sam Chicken grew to become the primary driver to win a global motor race in New York, with a victory within the FIA Method E Qualcomm New York Metropolis ePrix Saturday.

The DS Virgin Racing driver needed to work arduous to get previous his rookie teammate Alex Lynn, who was making his debut on pole, and fellow front-row starter Daniel Abt of ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport.

As soon as he labored his approach into the lead, Chicken pulled out a cushty benefit and was in a position to rejoin the race nonetheless in prime spot following his necessary midrace automotive change. Nevertheless, he couldn’t afford to loosen up within the closing levels.

When a damaged driveshaft brought about Nick Heidfeld to cease along side the highway, the security automotive was deployed and Chicken’s lead over the Techeetah of Jean-Eric Vergne was neutralized.

This left simply two laps for Chicken to endure earlier than he may etch his identify into motor racing historical past. However he timed his restart to perfection and gave Vergne no alternative to disclaim him the landmark win.

“It was unbelievable!” he mentioned. “Firstly, it’s unbelievable that we’re right here and congratulations to everybody at Method E for placing this occasion on, I can think about how troublesome it was, however it’s been a tremendous week thus far. We had fairly good velocity at this time. We discovered lots from Berlin and that was an actual turning level for us, it could not have appeared prefer it on the time, however I feel we demonstrated that this weekend. Additionally hats off to my teammate this weekend, Alex Lynn, who did a scintillating job in Tremendous Pole to take pole place.”

After a battling first a part of the race, Vergne was in a position to keep out for a lap longer than most of his rivals earlier than making a automotive change. This allowed him to maneuver into second place through the pit stops and despite the fact that he couldn’t fairly get shut sufficient to place strain on Chicken, together with his new Techeetah teammate Stephane Sarrazin in third, Vergne was more than happy together with his day’s work.

Jean-Eric Vergne completed second. Photograph by LAT Photographic

“As a workforce, we’ve labored actually arduous this season and at last it’s our first double podium with my team-mate and that’s what I really feel most pleased about. As for myself I imagine the beginning price me the win. It was extraordinarily soiled off-line and everyone who began on the left-hand facet misplaced a place. I had a reasonably protected starting of the race, I misplaced a few positions, which I knew we’d get again once more, and that’s what I did and I completed the primary stint in second place. I pushed arduous to avoid wasting extra power than this man [Bird], however he didn’t make any errors and he deserved the win.”

Sarrazin began the race in 11th, however was the person on the transfer through the first half of the race, preventing his approach as much as fifth earlier than the stops after which gaining fourth going onto the ultimate lap. When Daniel Abt overshot the hairpin following a problem together with his automotive, Sarrazin dove by to file solely his second podium in Method E – the earlier one coming in Lengthy Seaside in season two.

“I really feel excellent, it’s an ideal day for us at TECHEETAH. I made a small mistake in qualifying which meant I began from P11, however I knew I had automotive for the race and I began to overhaul, after which I acquired a bit fortunate on the final lap with Abt going straight on.”

With championship chief Sebastien Buemi absent, the race was a possibility for Lucas di Grassi to shut the hole within the title combat. Forward of the race the ABT Schaeffler driver was 32 factors behind, however beginning 10th on the grid he must work arduous to make important inroads into that deficit.

He really misplaced a spot at the beginning, however regularly labored his approach up the order, and likewise took full benefit of Abt’s challenge to take fourth place. The end earned him 12 factors, slicing the hole to Buemi right down to 20 factors.

The Brooklyn monitor created some thrilling racing together with loads of overtaking and meant that regardless of the place drivers certified outcome was nonetheless doable. From 12th on the grid Loic Duval scored his greatest results of the season for Faraday Future Dragon Racing in fifth, whereas sixth went to Oliver Turvey of NextEV NIO.

On his sequence debut, Pierre Gasly – who was standing in for Buemi at Renault e.dams – recovered from a mistake in qualifying that left him 19th on the grid to combat his approach as much as seventh place, one place forward of his team-mate Nico Prost.

Robin Frijns gave Andretti one thing to cheer at its dwelling race by taking ninth, whereas Adam Carroll completed within the top-10 for under the second time in his Method E profession for Panasonic Jaguar Racing in 10th. The Visa quickest lap bonus level went to Venturi’s Maro Engel and was worthy comfort after a mechanical downside in qualifying meant he needed to begin from the again of the grid.

Sam Bird

Spherical 10 of the FIA Method E Championship takes place in New York Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Photograph by LAT Photographic

Method E Spherical 9 New York Metropolis ePrix outcomes

1. Sam Chicken, DS Virgin Racing, 52:29.275

2. Jean-Eric Vergne, TECHEETAH, +1.354

three. Stephane Sarrazin, TECHEETAH, +four.392

four. Lucas di Grassi, ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport, +6.155

5. Loic Duval, Faraday Future Dragon Racing, +eight.428

6. Oliver Turvey, NextEV NIO, +eight.952

7. Pierre Gasly, Renault e.dams, +9.321

eight. Nico Prost, Renault e.dams, +10.036

9. Robin Frijns, Andretti Method E, +11.zero19

10. Adam Carroll, Panasonic Jaguar Racing, +12.073

11. Nelson Piquet Jr, NextEV NIO, +12.977

12. Antonio Felix da Costa, Andretti Method E, +13.341

13. Tom Dillmann, Venturi Method E, +16.337

14. Daniel Abt, ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport, +1 lap

15. Felix Rosenqvist, Mahindra Racing, +1 lap

16. Nick Heidfeld, Mahindra Racing, DNF

17. Maro Engel, Venturi Method E, DNF

18. Alex Lynn, DS Virgin Racing, DNF

19. Jerome D’Ambrosio, Faraday Future Dragon Racing, DNF

20. Mitch Evans, Panasonic Jaguar Racing, DNF

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