Last weekend DS Virgin driver Sam Bird managed to secure himself a pair of wins on a first Formula E race weekend in New York.

After Virgin DS rookie Alex Lynn (who replaced JM Lopez) took a surprise pole for the inaugural New York City e-Prix, his teammate Sam Bird fought fro fourth to firs in a masterful race. As Lynn's pace faded quickly after the start (he later retired after technical trouble Bird started to overtake his opponents and took the lead before mid-race car change. He pulled out a comfortable lead in the second half, but lost it when safety car was deployed when Nick Heidfeld stopped on the track with broke driveshaft. Bird managed to hold of Jean-Eric Vergne in the last two laps and recorded historic firs win in NYC. More important for the championship: Lucas di Gras may have only started 10th in absence of his title rival Sebastien Buemi (du to his race commitments in WEC), but managed to climb to fourth place, scoring valuable points. He repeated his performance on Sunday, getting a fifth place from ninth starting position. He is now just 10 points behind Buemi with two races (both in Montreal, which will host a double-header weekend in 2 weeks). Sam Bird is now fourth, as he won again on Sunday (this time form pole position), only 4 points behind Felix Rosenquist. Swede lost a lap in the first race after hitting the barriers while fighting for the podium, but came back strong in the second race, taking second place after beating Bird into first corner, but losing the lead several laps later.

July 17, 2017 Driving photo: Formula E

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