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Abt Claims Home Pole in Berlin

Germany’s Daniel Abt puts Audi on pole for its home E-Prix in Berlin…

Photo: Audi Sport

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler driver Daniel Abt claimed pole position for his home ABB FIA Formula E Championship E-Prix in Berlin on Saturday.

The German driver, who had one of his group stage laps investigated but later cleared, clinched his first pole of the season with a time of 1:09.472 set during the top-five Super Pole shootout.

NIO’s Oliver Turvey set the second-best time and was on course for his first pole of 2017-18 when Abt managed to dip under the Briton’s marker by two-tenths of a second.

Abt’s Audi team-mate Lucas di Grassi could only manage fifth in Super Pole after losing time at the penultimate corner, putting him behind championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne and Dragon Racing’s Jerome D’Ambrosio who were third and fourth.

Despite missing out on the front row, Vergne’s main title challengers – Sam Bird, Felix Rosenqvist and Sebastien Buemi – all failed to reach Super Pole with their group stage runs.

Mahindra driver Rosenqvist will start sixth, one place ahead of Buemi’s Renault e.dams car, while Bird qualified 10th for DS Virgin.

Bird’s team-mate Alex Lynn and Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s Mitch Evans filled out the top 10, in eighth and ninth respectively.

Andre Lotterer will start from the back of the grid after only managing to post the 18th-quickest time in the second Techeetah car.

The German driver already had a 10-place grid penalty for causing the last-corner accident with Bird in Paris when he lost time by clipping the outside wall at the exit of turn seven.

The fourth Berlin E-Prix, which is the third to be held at Tempelhof airfield, will get underway at 6 p.m. local time.

RESULTS: Qualifying

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365 and e-racing365, with a focus on the FIA World Endurance Championship and various electric racing series.

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