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Vergne Wins Race 2; Audi Claims Teams’ Title in New York

Jean-Eric Vergne holds off Lucas di Grassi for Race 2 win as Audi takes teams’ title…

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Jean-Eric Vergne held off a hard-charging Lucas di Grassi for victory in Sunday’s New York City E-Prix, while a double podium for Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler was good enough for the German squad to overhaul Techeetah to claim the teams’ championship.

Newly crowned ABB FIA Formula E champion Vergne edged out di Grassi by 0.508 seconds at the line following a heated late-race battle between the two drivers.

It marked Vergne’s fourth victory of the season and came just a day after the Frenchman clinched his first-ever drivers’ title in the all-electric championship.

A third place finish for Daniel Abt, coupled with a costly penalty for Andre Lotterer, saw Audi claim the title in its first season of Formula E competition.

Abt battled Sebastien Buemi through the closing stages of the 43-lap race, with the Frenchman first getting around Abt with 18 laps to go, before regaining third place four laps later when the Renault e.dams driver made a mistake and nearly brushed the wall.

It came after Lotterer, who ran second early on, was handed a stop-and-hold plus 10-second penalty for jumping the start, which relegated the German to 15th.

Lotterer charged back through the field to finish ninth, but lost out on the title to Audi by a mere two points.

Di Grassi’s runner-up finish on Sunday, meanwhile, saw the Brazilian claim second-place in the drivers’ championship, thanks to another challenging race for Sam Bird, who came home in 10th and dropped to third in the standings.

Buemi and Mahindra’s Felix Rosenqvist, meanwhile, completed the top-five in the final race for the first-gen Formula E cars, which ran in dry conditions following a rain-soaked practice and mixed-condition qualifying.

The race saw five retirements, largely due to a three-car accident on Lap 7 triggered by Antonio Felix da Costa and Luca Filippi that alsocollected Jerome d’Ambrosio.

It came moments prior to Jose Maria Lopez coming to a halt on track with suspension damage, which brought out the race’s only Full Course Yellow.

Da Costa, meanwhile, was penalized for the contact with Filippi.

While it marked another double retirement for Dragon, both of the Venturis also failed to finish, with Tom Dillmann dropping out with gearbox failure and a loss of power for Maro Engel.

RESULTS: New York City E-Prix (Race 2)

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of e-racing365. Dagys, who launched the industry-leading Sportscar365 in 2013, spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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