Jerome D’Ambrosio has moved to the top of the Formula E driver’s championship standings after a superb victory in the Marrakesh ePrix.
The Mahindra driver started way down in 10th but profited from an incident at the first corner when Jean-Eric Vergne spun to the rear of the field and Lucas Di Grassi ran into the back of Pascal Wehrlein.
The BMW’s of Antonio Felix da Costa and Alexander Sims had been streaking clear at the front of the field but came together in the closing stages, triggering the Safety Car.
When the race got back underway, D’Ambrosio had just one lap to fend off the fast-charging Robin Frijns while the Dutchman’s Envision Virgin team-mate Sam Bird completed the podium.
There was drama from the off with Vergne steaming up the inside of pole-sitter Bird into Turn One, but the defending champion couldn’t hold it together and spun down the field.
Sebastian Buemi was forced to take avoiding action and lost out badly as the rest of the pack scattered, while Sims managed to keep out of trouble and sneak up the inside.
Both BMWs then proceeded to hunt down and pass Bird, going on to build a lead of over four seconds on the rest of the field.
Da Costa looked to be cruising to a comfortable victory but came under pressure from team-mate Sims with five laps remaining.
Things came to a head when both BMWs locked up on the way into Turn Seven, with Da Costa unable to avoid the wall while Sims rejoined in fourth.
The Brit activated his final attack mode behind the safety car and had one lap of extra power but was denied the final podium spot by Bird.
D’Ambrosio’s win puts him 12 points clear at the top of the standings, having finished third at the season opener in Saudi Arabia.
Vergne staged a superb recovery from the back to finish fifth ahead of Techeetah team-mate Andre Lotter and Di Grassi in his damaged Audi.
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Source : EXPRESS