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Rowland Takes Pole; Buemi Crashes in Sanya Qualifying

Oliver Rowland scores first career ABB FIA Formula E Championship pole…

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Oliver Rowland has scored his first career ABB FIA Formula E Championship pole position in a drama-filled qualifying session for this afternoon’s Sanya E-Prix.

The Englishman, who took his Nissan IM01 to the top of the time sheets in Free Practice 1, continued Nissan e.dams’ dominance on the Chinese circuit, having laid down a 1:07.945 lap time in Super Pole.

It marked the sixth different pole-sitter in as many races this season.

Rowland’s time was 0.100 seconds quicker than defending series champion Jean-Eric Vergne, who will line up for the 45-minute plus one-lap race on the front row in second.

It was nearly a Nissan 1-2 if for not an accident by Rowland’s teammate Sebastien Buemi on his flying lap that has relegated the Swiss driver to a fifth place start.

Buemi went off in Turn 3, the same place he suffered an accident in Free Practice 2.

BMW i Andretti Motorsport’s Antonio Felix da Costa will start third, ahead of Daniel Abt in the best-placed of the Audi e-tron FE05s in fourth.

A gear selection issue prevented Alexander Sims from qualifying his BMW iFE.18, with the Englishman set to line up sixth.

Andre Lotterer will start seventh, as the first driver to miss Super Pole, ahead of Jerome d’Ambrosio and Mahindra Racing teammate Pascal Wehrlein.

Lucas di Grassi completed the top-ten, while championship leader Sam Bird will roll off from 16th on the grid after a tough qualifying session.

The Sanya E-Prix gets underway at 3 p.m. local time.

RESULTS: Qualifying

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