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Da Costa Scores First Pole of Season in Marrakesh

Antonio Felix da Costa on pole in Marrakesh for the first time since joining DS Techeetah…

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Antonio Felix da Costa stormed to pole position in Saturday morning’s qualifying session for the Marrakesh E-Prix, narrowly beating Max Guenther to top honors.

With a 1:17.158, the Portuguese driver posted the fastest time of the entire session in Super Pole, four-tenths faster than the best time from group qualifying stages.

It marked his first pole position since joining DS Techeetah and first since the Diriyah E-Prix in December 2018, which he went on to win for BMW i Andretti Motorsport.

BMW’s new signing Guenther will start this afternoon’s race from second position, having qualified 0.069 seconds behind da Costa, while Andre Lotterer and Nyck de Vries will line up third and fourth.

Mercedes-Benz EQ was the only constructor to have two cars in Super Pole, with Edoardo Mortara going fifth in one of Venturi’s customer cars, directly behind Mercedes’ de Vries.

Sebastien Buemi completed the Super Pole runners, and will start sixth for Nissan e.dams.

Last year’s race winner Jerome d’Ambrosio will start seventh as the quickest driver not to make it through to Super Pole, although his Mahindra Racing teammate Pascal Wehrlein is down in 16th.

Guenther’s BMW teammate Alexander Sims will line up eighth, ahead of Nissan e.dams’ Oliver Rowland.

Rookie James Calado showed improvement to qualify tenth, although Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s other driver, Mitch Evans had a disastrous qualifying session.

Evans, who won last time out in Mexico City and led the championship heading into this weekend, crossed the line momentarily after the checkered flag was shown, thus failing to set a flying lap time.

He’ll start from 24th as a result, and was visibly furious at the team’s miscalculation in sending him out on track too late.

Jean-Eric Vergne will start 11th despite being under the weather and having limited running so far.

The Frenchman missed Friday afternoon’s Shakedown and Free Practice 1 due to illness, and only had 30 minutes of FP2 running on Saturday morning before qualifying.

The Marrakesh E-Prix will get underway at 3 p.m. local time (9 a.m. EST / 2 p.m. GMT).

RESULTS: Qualifying

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 at the University of Birmingham. Contact Jake

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