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Sims Snatches First Career Pole in New York City

Alexander Sims claims first career ABB FIA Formula E Championship pole…

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Alexander Sims has claimed his first career ABB FIA Formula E Championship pole for Sunday’s season-ending New York City E-Prix.

The Englishman took his BMW iFE.18 to a 1:09.617 in Super Pole, edging out Envision Virgin Racing’s Robin Frijns by 0.095 seconds.

It marked the second pole for BMW i Andretti Motorsport, bookending the season following Antonio Felix da Costa’s top qualifying run in Ad Diriyah last November.

Sebastien Buemi saw his slim title hopes fade away by qualifying third, and missing out on the three points for pole that the Nissan e.dams driver needed to remain with a mathematical chance of taking the championship.

Buemi had claimed victory in Saturday’s first round of the double-header weekend.

Multiple brake lockups, meanwhile, by Sam Bird relegated the Envision Virgin Racing driver to fourth on the grid, behind Stoffel Vandoorne and Daniel Abt, who completed the top-six.

Oliver Rowland will start seventh, missing out on Super Pole by 0.049 seconds, with Mitch Evans eighth and Gary Paffett ninth.

Paffett was held up during his qualifying run, which could have impacted his chances of making the top-six.

Eduardo Mortara completed the top-ten.

Championship Faceoff Set from Second Half of Grid

Lucas di Grassi will roll off from 11th, one position ahead of championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne, who holds a 22-point lead over the Brazilian.

Vergne will need to finish seventh or better to claim the title, no matter where di Grassi or outside championship contender Evans, who trails by 25 points, ends up in the race.

A maximum total of 26 points remain up for grabs.

The season-ending New York City E-Prix gets underway at 4 p.m. EDT.

RESULTS: Sunday Qualifying

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