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Rowland Tops Free Practice 1 in Sanya

Olivier Rowland leads way in opening Free Practice for Sanya E-Prix…

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Oliver Rowland led the way in opening Free Practice for this afternoon’s Sanya E-Prix, in another strong showing for Nissan e.dams.

The Englishman, in his Nissan IM01, reeled off a quick time of 1:07.561 late in the 45-minute session to edge out BMW i Andretti Motorsport’s Antonio Felix Da Costa by 0.064 seconds.

Da Costa’s teammate Alexander Sims was third quickest on the time charts, followed by former ABB FIA Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi in fourth and Sebastien Buemi completing the top-five.

Robin Frijns edged out Jean-Eric Vergne for the sixth quickest time in the session, which ran without any major incident despite several minor scrapes with the wall.

Of note, Andre Lotterer, who had a suspected brake issue in his DS Techeetah entry, ended up the slowest at a 1:09.654 lap time.

Free Practice 2 gets underway at 9:35 a.m. local time.

RESULTS: Free Practice 1

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