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Prost smashes lap record in Beijing Formula E test

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Nicolas Prost offered a sign of things to come in the second FIA Formula E season by smashing last year’s Beijing ePrix lap record by over four seconds.

For the first time in Formula E, teams were offered the chance to test on Friday ahead of the race weekend as the final preparations for the start of the new season continue.

Teams are allowed to race with their own powertrains in season two, with just two – Amlin Andretti and Team Aguri – opting to use the unit from the first season.

Running in his Renault e.dams car, Prost laid down an impressive pace to top the timesheets with a fastest lap of 1:37.291 seconds, finishing six-tenths clear of teammate Sebastien Buemi.

In comparison, Bruno Senna’s fastest lap in last year’s ePrix was 1:41.341, a time that all of the top ten drivers managed to beat in the collective test.

Those racing with in-house powertrains displayed an early advantage in Beijing, with Antonio Felix da Costa finishing as the lead Aguri/Andretti runner in P12, some 4.2 seconds off the pace.

However, such a pace disparity was clear throughout the field as the e.dams drivers finished over 1.5 seconds clear of the field. Jean-Eric Vergne finished third for Virgin, 2.1 seconds behind Prost’s P1 time.

The Formula E weekend will continue and culminate on Saturday, with the regular practice, qualifying and race sessions all taking place. The collective Friday test is thought to be a one-off, and is not set to return in Putrajaya.

Video highlights from Stage 12 of Dakar Rally, 2 stages remain

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Thursday’s Stage 12 of the 40th Dakar Rally not only closed the overall standings gap in at least two classes (cars and trucks), two other classes (bikes and quads) failed to get going due to weather conditions.

The full video highlights of Stage 12 will air on NBCSN on Friday at 7 pm ET, but here are some of the highlights from Thursday’s action:

CARS

2018 Dakar Rally: Nasser Al-Attiyah wins Stage 12 of cars

BIKES

 Stage 12 cancelled due to weather conditions

 

TRUCKS

Ton van Genugten edged out Martin Kolomy in Stage of, while Federico Villagra and Eduard Nikolaev both faced an uphill battle to finish fourth and third respectively.

QUADS

Even though the Quads were also impacted by weather issues on Thursday, Ignacio Casale, the 2014 Dakar winner, continues to make his case for a second overall victory in the quads.