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Bird Wins Hong Kong Thriller After Lotterer Duel

Sam Bird wins Hong Kong after duel with Andre Lotterer but under investigation…

Photo: Envision Virgin Racing

Sam Bird came out on top in the Hong Kong E-Prix after a lengthy battle with Andre Lotterer which saw contact between the pair lead to a late-race puncture for the German.

Bird trailed Lotterer for much of the race, making several attempts to get his Envision Virgin Racing car into the lead.

He eventually made the move on the penultimate lap when Lotterer sustained a rear-right puncture on his DS Techeetah E-Tense FE19, caused by contact from Bird in an earlier move for the lead.

The contact between the two drivers is currently under investigation, with Bird at risk of losing his win if given a penalty for causing the contact.

Lotterer was classified 14th at the line, unable to secure his first ABB FIA Formula E Championship race win after leading the majority of the race.

Oliver Rowland led the race early on after taking the lead from polesitter Stoffel Vandoorne on the run into the first corner.

Bird made his way up through the field from seventh on the grid to take second by the end of the opening lap, meanwhile.

He managed to take the lead from Rowland when the Nissan e.dams driver slowed on track after possibly accidentally hitting his car’s FCY button.

Bird stayed in the lead for a short while until he went wide at Hong Kong Station, allowing Lotterer to move in front and remain in position for most of the race.

The race was neutralized several times, including a 15-minute red flag period caused by contact between Felipe Nasr and both Mahindra Racing cars.

GEOX Dragon’s Nasr hit the wall with damage, causing an unavoidable obstacle for Jerome d’Ambrosio, who came to Hong Kong as championship points leader.

Two separate safety car periods were called later in the race to retrieve Vandoorne and Rowland’s cars, with a restart taking place three laps before the checkered flag.

If he keeps the win, Bird will have an 18-point lead in the drivers’ standings over d’Ambrosio, while Envision Virgin will open up a 28-point advantage over Mahindra.

RESULTS: Hong Kong E-Prix

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is e-racing365's Managing Editor and also European Editor for Sportscar365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations. Contact Jake

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