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Image Credit: © Mahindra Racing

The penultimate round of the Race At Home Challenge amongst the streets of New York tightened the battle between the front title contenders ahead of Sunday’s Grand Finale.

The Formula E Race At Home Challenge has run in support of UNICEF, having raised tens of thousands of pounds on the way and rapidly advanced towards the £100k target. The donation page can be seen here.

For a brief on the running of the virtual championship, see here for more details.

Ahead of the race, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler announced that Audi Sport driver Kelvin Van Der Linde would teammate alongside Lucas Di Grassi and replacing Daniel Abt.

Joe Eriksson also drove in place of Nico Muller (GEOX Dragon).

Pascal Wehrlein took pole position in Qualifying by +0.274s ahead of debutant Van De Linde (in P2) with a time of 1m17.175s.

Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-Benz EQ) qualified fifth; this meant that Wehrlein and Vandoorne headed into Round 7 tied on points (as Wehrlein claimed three for pole).

Image Credit: © Formula E

Wehrlein got away well from pole position, escaping the packed field at turn one.

Buemi was less fortunate as the crowded nature meant Vandoorne had contact with Buemi who eventually spun around, thus ending his race.

The front trio of Wehrlein, Van Der Linde and former race winner Oliver Rowland appeared to run away from the rest after the first few laps.

Stoffel Vandoorne beared down on Rowland until he made a move past his teammate Nyck De Vries and Rowland. Rowland fell victim to that move and fell back, whilst Vandoorne had the place until the next corner until a minor mistake which allowed Rowland to get it back.

Vandoorne stayed ahead of De Vries by sitting in fourth position behind Rowland.

The battle at the front heated up as debutant Van Der Linde challenged Wehrlein.

Two-time reigning FE champion Jean Eric-Vergne performed a brave move on Lap 7 into turn 1, passing Eriksson in the GEOX Dragon.

A tight battle for a place in the top-ten took place between Robin Frijns of Envision Virgin Racing, Neel Jani of Tag Heuer Porsche, and NIO 33’s Oliver Turvey; both Frijns and Turvey eventually made a move on Jani.

The battle between Frijns, Jani, and Turvey – Image Credit: © Formula E

Wehrlein won his second race in this virtual championship whilst Vandoorne claimed the fastest lap and P3, following a post-race penalty for Oliver Rowland.

The following day would see a fight for the Race At Home Challenge drivers’ title with double-points also in the show.

 

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 (Completed) Round 7 15:30 BST
June 7 Round 8 – Grand Final 15:30 BST

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