Jerome d'Ambrosio finally gets his first "on the track" win in Formula E in Marrakech E-prix.

The Mahindra driver has won twice before, but both victories came courtesy of post-race exclusions of other drivers. This time he was set for a third place finish before BMW i drivers Da Costa and Simms touched while Sims was going for the lead, and Da Costa finished in the barriers. This action, which ended BMW drivers’ domination of the race, also brought out safety cars for 3 laps, and drivers were left with a single lap sprint to the finish when it released them.

D'Ambrosio managed to fend off Envision Virgin drivers Frijns and Bird, while Sims salvaged fourth place in front of last season's champion Jean Eric Vergne. Frenchman started from second place behind pole-sitter Bird, but missed his braking point in first corner and spun, relegating him to back of the field. Vergne then produced a flawless remainder of the race, climbing back into Top 5, while Envison drivers were no matches for BMW pair, which started 3rd and 5th but quickly managed to climb to the top of the field before colliding.

Results:

1          Jerome d'Ambrosio   Mahindra             31 laps

2          Robin Frijns               Virgin                   +0.143s

3          Sam Bird                   Virgin                   +0.461s

4          Alexander Sims         BMW                    +0.740s

5          Jean-Eric Vergne       DS                       +1.232s

6          Andre Lotterer          DS                         +1.457s

7          Lucas di Grassi         Audi                      +1.633s

8          Sebastien Buemi       e.dams Nissan      +2.455s

9          Mitch Evans              Jaguar                   +2.980s

10       Daniel Abt                Audi                         +4.014s

 

Championship standings

1. D’Ambrosio 40

2. Da Costa 28

2. Vergne 28

4. Lotterer 19

5. Bird 18

5. Frijns 18

Jan. 13, 2019 Driving

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