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New York E-Prix: Da Costa, Cassidy win; Mahindra will get highest factors in 2022 | Autocar India

Written by Gulati

Mahindra’s Alexander Sims narrowly misses out on the rostrum; Vandoorne reclaims championship lead.

An eventful New York E-Prix double-header noticed Nick Cassidy gather his maiden Components E win, whereas Antonio Felix da Costa picked up his first win of the season.

Mahindra Racing additionally had motive to cheer, with Alexander Sims’ fourth place end handing the Indian workforce their highest factors haul all season.

  • Vandoorne leads championship from Mortara
  • Multi-car crash ended the primary race early
  • Da Costa and Techeetah scored their first win of 2022

Cassidy wins regardless of race-ending crash

The primary of two races on the streets of New York resulted in dramatic trend after rain began pouring down with 10 minutes to go.

Pole sitter Cassidy had finished effectively to steer proper up till this level. Nevertheless, he was concerned in a significant crash together with Lucas di Grassi, Stoffel Vandoorne and Edoardo Mortara, as all of them aquaplaned straight into the wall. Initially, efforts had been on to restore the boundaries, however organisers in the end determined to finish the race early.

The ultimate consequence was taken as on the lap earlier than the scarcity. So regardless of crashing out, Envision Racing’s Cassidy scored his first-ever Components E win. Di Grassi and Robin Frijns ended up finishing the rostrum.

Da Costa scores first win of the season

Sadly for Cassidy, he couldn’t replicate the identical feat within the subsequent race regardless of bagging pole place in qualifying. The Evision Racing driver was stripped off pole place and handed a 30-place penalty after his automobile was discovered to infringe on guidelines following in a single day repairs. As he might solely take a 21-place grid drop, he was additionally given a drive-through penalty to make up for the 9 untaken grid locations.

DS Techeetah’s Antonio Felix da Costa inherited pole place consequently. He sprinted away from pole and resisted stress from Sims and Vandoorne to take a commanding lights-to-flag victory. That is his, in addition to DS Techeetah’s first win this season.

2022 Components E championship standings

Vandoorne completed second to as soon as once more transfer into the lead of the championship. He benefitted from former chief Mortara solely managing a 10th place consequence after a brake-by-wire subject in qualifying resulted in him ranging from the again of the grid.

Vandoorne now leads by 11 factors over Mortara and 16 factors over Mitch Evans, who completed the race in third place.

Fourth place for Mahindra

The primary race ended on a somber be aware for Mahindra Racing because the multi-car crash left the workforce unable to battle for any factors.

They did, nonetheless, take away some key studying from the race and made some tweaks, which paid off as Alexander Sims certified in second place. He battled for a podium end all through the race, solely narrowly lacking out and settling for fourth.

Nonetheless, he handed the workforce their greatest factors haul all season. It was the consequence we’ve been lacking all yr,” mentioned Sims. “To have the ability to maintain our personal on the entrance was enjoyable and reveals what we’re able to.”

Oliver Rowland completed 14, recovering from an early spin after being tapped by a rival. He admitted, “Alex has proven what we’re succesful as a workforce and with the M8Electro, and my outcomes are simply not ok. It’s vital for me to acknowledge this in order that I can go away, make enhancements and are available again to London a lot stronger.”

Components E has one other double-header arising, this time in London on July 30 and 31.

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