Jaguar Racing star Sam Bird revitalised his title grief with an imperious efficiency on the unforgiving streets of Brooklyn this present day
Sam Bird acknowledged he understanding his title show became once over after what he described as a ‘dismay inform’ of a weekend in Mexico final month, but a Third triumph in New York this present day (11 July) has vaulted the Jaguar Racing driver from 13th within the facets firstly of the urge into the ABB FIA System E World Championship lead.
Bird became once one in all the undisputed stars of Saturday’s opening leg within the ‘Spacious Apple’, as he scythed spectacularly thru the self-discipline from 20th on the grid to ninth at the chequered flag, but from pole space in this present day’s contest, the Briton didn’t wish to work rather so laborious.
For the second time in his profession, he performed a lights-to-flag victory in Brooklyn’s Purple Hook district with a faultless efficiency that has firmly reignited his grief for the crown, and Bird will enter the next match – a condo soil double-header in London – conserving a 5-point advantage at the summit of the standings.
For loads of the urge, it regarded adore Jaguar became once draw for a one-two attain as Mitch Evans within the sister car intently shadowed his group-mate, but within the latter phases, the New Zealander found himself beneath growing stress from Gash Cassidy (Envision Virgin Racing), reigning System E champion António Félix da Costa (DS TECHEETAH) and TAG Heuer Porsche pairing Pascal Wehrlein and André Lotterer.
Following a dogged defence, a shrimp mistake with lawful just a few minutes final saw the left-rear corner of Evans’ Jaguar step out of line and kiss the wall of the Brooklyn Toll road Circuit at Flip Four – in a attain carbon-copy of the error that had arguably cost the 27-300 and sixty five days-outdated skool the pause space in qualifying.
Cassidy and da Costa had been rapidly to pounce, and as it soon grew to change into evident that Evans’ car became once wounded, the Porches in an analogous sort swept previous. The Jaguar in the end limped across the attain line in 13th space.
Cassidy’s runner-up outcome – his second podium from the final three E-Prixs – consolidated his reputation as System E’s make driver heading into the closing two urge weekends and has elevated the rookie to fifth within the general classification.
In spite of trying every which technique to prise the door begin, da Costa eventually had to decide for third, though quickest lap earned the Portuguese ace an additional point against his title defence and he will hump to London as Bird’s closest pursuer after one other dedicated efficiency within the North American metropolis.
Having been outmanoeuvred by their DS TECHEETAH rival when deploying their second Assault Mode, Wehrlein and Lotterer hurt up fourth and fifth, with the latter pulling off a different of gritty overtakes as the pause 5 carried out virtually ten seconds certain of the chasing pack.
Alexander Sims took a solid sixth space for Mahindra Racing, ahead of ROKiT Venturi Racing’s Norman Nato, though the Frenchman’s group-mate Edoardo Mortara – who started the day atop the title table – spun into the wall following contact with Jake Dennis (BMW i Andretti Motorsport), leaving him a frustrated 17th within the closing reckoning.
Robin Frijns kept his acquire championship hopes very noteworthy alive with a charging force from 21st to eighth for Envision Virgin Racing, with Alex Lynn making it a double regain for Mahindra in ninth and the day long gone by’s winner Maximilian Günther (BMW i Andretti Motorsport) gaining 13 spots to snare the final point on provide in tenth.
Following a colorful delivery that saw him bustle fourth for a whereas, Sérgio Sette Câmara weak to 11th for Dragon / Penske Autosport, and there became once shrimp pleasure for three outdated champions within the self-discipline. Jean-Éric Vergne did no longer even invent it off the initiating grid – bringing out an early safety car to enable the DS TECHEETAH to be removed – whereas a coming-collectively between Lucas Di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler) and Sébastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams) earned the Brazilian a ten-second penalty.
The 2020/21 System E campaign will resume in London, UK, in a fortnight’s time (24/25 July), with barely 20 facets blanketing the pause 11 drivers within the train.