Champion Vergne closes season in style with Audi in NY
Formula E finale Jean-Eric Vergne picked up his fourth win of the season at the final race of the 2017/18 ABB FIA Formula E Championship in New York to round-off a sensational day of sport for the French nation. The TECHEETAH driver - and newly-crowned Formula E champion - fended off pressure from the outgoing title-winner Lucas di Grassi in a fight to the flag reminiscent of the nail-biting finish from earlier this season in Punta del Este.
Di Grassi takes victory in New York as Vergne clinches
Jean-Eric Vergne fights through the field to win title Lucas di Grassi took his second consecutive win of the season in New York, as Jean-Eric Vergne fought through the field to move out of reach of title rival Sam Bird and secure the ABB FIA Formula E Championship with one round to spare. Both title contenders started on the back foot after a difficult qualifying session, but Vergne drove a resilient race from the back row of the grid to fifth position - beating Bird and extending his lead to 31-points and clinching the Formula E crown regardless of the result tomorrow.
Gordon Kirby's new book honors Wally Dallenbach Sr.
by Tim Wohlford Normally we don't plug books here, but this time it's long-time motor sports journalist Gordon Kirby writing a book about highly respected CART steward Wally Dallenbach. Gordon commented to me that this book was fun to write, with lots of respect and praise for Wally's career in motor sports.
After a turbulent and testing race in the heart of Paris, it was a fairytale ending for home race hero Jean-Eric Vergne (Techeetah), who stormed to victory in front of a packed home crowd. Following the Frenchman across the line was Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler's Lucas di Grassi in second, followed by DS Virgin Racing's Sam Bird in third.
Sam Bird held his nerve in the closing laps of the CBMM Niobium Rome E-Prix presented by Mercedes EQ and fended off multiple attacks from both Lucas di Grassi and Mitch Evans to etch his name in the history books as the first-ever winner on the streets of the Italian capital. The DS Virgin Racing driver pumped his fist in the air as he crossed the finish-line.
Road racing veteran Chris Dyson secured his first career Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli victory in the TA class today at Road Atlanta. Dyson was joined in the celebrations by Randy Kinsland, who secured his second consecutive TA3 class Road Atlanta win following the conclusion of the multi-class competition.
Ernie Francis, Jr., and Justin Haley will start on pole come tomorrow’s duo of Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli races at Road Atlanta, Round 2 of the 2018 championship. Also setting pole for the TA3 class was Randy Kinsland, his second consecutive production class pole at Road Atlanta.
Vergne edges out di Grassi in nail-biting finish in Punta
TECHEETAH driver extends gap to rivals in title fight
Jean-Eric Vergne extended his lead at the top of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, narrowly edging out Lucas di Grassi in a nail-biting finish on the shores of Uruguay for the CBMM Niobium Punta del Este E-Prix. The Frenchman stood firm with persistent pressure from reigning champion Lucas di Grassi throughout the race. Despite close competition from behind in the closing stages, Vergne kept his nerve to seal victory at the scene of his first-ever race in Formula E where he made his debut for Andretti in 2014.
Daniel Abt wins in Mexico City as Felix Rosenqvist falter
Commanding victory in E-Prix in Mexico City for Audi
Daniel Abt from the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler squad is the first German winner in Formula E history. In Mexico City, the 25-year-old produced a faultless race and in doing so simultaneously clinched the first victory for the Audi works team in the electric race series. Team mate Lucas di Grassi completed the big day for Audi with a comeback drive from last on the grid to ninth and the fastest race lap.
Audi Sport Team WRT has claimed the 2018 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour victory on their first visit to the Mount Panorama Circuit. One of the world’s most successful GT3 teams, the Belgian-based outfit won a dramatic race that was sensationally declared under red-flag conditions within the final ten minutes following a large accident at the top of Mount Panorama. The team has won a majority of the world’s top GT3 races and added Bathurst to their tally with factory drivers Robin Frijns, Stuart Leonard and Dries Vanthoor.
For the first time in ABB FIA Formula E history, Techeetah drivers Jean-Eric Vergne and Andre Lotterer finished first and second in an exhilarating inaugural E-Prix on the streets of Santiago. "That was great fun!" said an ecstatic Vergne as he took the checkered flag. "It's racing in the end and I had a lot of pace in the car. He knows exactly how to defend!" said Lotterer justifying his numerous attacks on his teammate. "A one-two win, buddies, and podiums - life is good!" said added Lotterer.
13-time Formula 1 grand prix winner David Coulthard put in a stunning performance to eclipse 19 fellow superstars of motor sport and win the Race Of Champions for the second time on a thrilling afternoon of non-stop action and entertainment at Riyadh’s King Fahad International Stadium. Following Team Germany’s triumph in last night’s ROC Nations Cup, all cooperation went out of the window today.
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