Vandoorne claims dominant Race At Home Challenge victory in New York

Round 6 of the ABB Formula E Race At Home Challenge took place in Brooklyn, New York as Formula E returns to the city.

Oliver Rowland took his first Race At Home Challenge win last time out in Berlin, where Stoffel Vandoorne secured his third pole position in qualifying.

For details on the championship, see the previous race report for more.

Also, Audi will only run one car (Lucas Di Grassi) for the remainder of the Race At Home Challenge in light of Daniel Abt’s sacking due to cheating at the last round of the Race At Home Challenge.

Last Lap’s Formula E reporter, Freddie Coates, gave his perspective on the situation in a piece titled ‘Sadly Logical – The Daniel Abt Affair.’

After topping the practice session, Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-Benz EQ) claimed a fourth pole position in qualifying.

Penalties were put out such as a 20 place grid penalty for Nyck de Vries (Vandoorne’s teammate) for colliding with both NIO 333s at the start of the previous race. Championship leader Pascal Wehrlein qualified in P2, but started in P7 due to a 5-place grid penalty.

At the start, Vandoorne got away well after turn two and established an initial gap of three seconds to build on. For the rest of the race, he did not encounter anyone else.

A pileup occurred at the first turn when Max Gunther (BMW i Andretti Motorsport) was hit out of shape by Porsche’s Neel Jani and Antonio Felix Da Costa (DS Techeetah), temporarily blocking the track at turn 2.

Image Credit: © Formula E

The aim to stay within title contention after this race fell for Gunther as he headed towards the back of the field. Vandoorne was three seconds ahead of Wehrlein.

Jani was second ahead of previous race winner, Oliver Rowland who made it to P3 and was on pursuit to claim P3.

Whilst the field of cars settled, Vandoorne built a gap of five seconds over the tense P2 and P3 battle.

Two-time Formula E champion Jean Eric Vergne (Da Costa’s teammate) soon had contact with the wall by hitting an inside curb; he spun which allowed Brendon Hartley (GEOX Dragon) and Alexander Sims (BMW i Andretti Motorsport) to pass.

Da Costa, who had a strong start, found himself vulnerable in P5 ahead of both Panasonic Jaguar Racing cars.

James Calado’s onboard with Evans and Da Costa ahead – Image Credit: © Formula E

Further ahead, Rowland, Wehrlein and Jani found themselves fighting each other; these battles allowed Vandoorne to run further away.

Onboard Wehrlein with Rowland and Jani ahead – Image Credit: ©

Their battles ran lap-after-lap, which was only handy for the race leader who commanded his position at the front.

Eventually, Rowland for P2 made a move at turn 4 – Image Credit: © Formula E

After battling, Wehrlein made a robust manoeuvre on Rowland and held P2 until the end.

For a long time in the making, Vandoorne finally converted a pole position into a win, having claimed the fastest lap of the race too.

Vandoorne’s victory put him at the top of the Drivers’ Standings with 105 points.

He sat two points ahead of Wehrlein, who is 30 points ahead of Gunther at 73 points.

Tag Heuer Porsche and Panasonic Jaguar Racing also landed double-points finishes .

You can tune into the broadcasts on various twitch streams that sim racers and FE drivers are hosting (like Stoffel Vandoorne, Nyck De VriesJean Eric-Vergne and others).

You can also tune into the official ABB Formula E channels to watch the season of FE esports action on TwitchFacebook, and Youtube.

Formula E Race at Home Challenge – 2020 Calendar
Date Race Time (British Summer Time)
April 18 (Completed) Pre-Season Test Round 15:30 BST
April 2 (Completed) Round 1 15:30 BST
May 2 (Completed) Round 2 15:30 BST
May 9 (Completed) Round 3 15:30 BST
May 16 (Completed) Round 4 15:30 BST
May 23 (Completed) Round 5 15:30 BST
May 30 (Completed) Round 6 15:30 BST
June 6 Round 7 15:30 BST
June 7 Round 8 – Grand Final 15:30 BST