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Abt disqualified after Hong Kong Formula E win, Rosenqvist takes victory

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Daniel Abt’s joy after claiming his first Formula E victory in Hong Kong on Sunday was short-lived after the FIA stewards disqualified him in the hours following the race over a powertrain infringement.

Abt capitalized on a late error by Edoardo Mortara to snatch the lead of the race with three laps to go, holding on to seemingly secure his maiden win in the category on his 25th birthday.

The Audi team’s spirited celebrations were doused around three hours after the race finished when the FIA stewards confirmed Abt’s car had not complied with the technical regulations.

As per the FIA statement: “The FIA security stickers (barcodes) on the inverter and MGU units did not correspond with those declared on the Technical Passport provided by the competitor Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler for the event.”

As a result, Abt was disqualified, making pole-sitter Felix Rosenqvist the race winner for Mahindra.

Rosenqvist had taken his fourth Formula E pole position earlier in the day, but appeared to throw away his chance to win after spinning at Turn 1 when the race went green on Lap 2 following a safety car start.

Rosenqvist dropped to 11th, but was able to fight his way back up the order through the race, taking P2 late on following Mortara’s spin.

Mortara had himself taken the lead from Rosenqvist after the Swede’s Turn 1 error, and dominated proceedings throughout, running around three seconds clear of Abt heading into the closing stages.

A regen error caused Mortara to lock his rear brakes and spin his Venturi car at Turn 2 on Lap 43 of 45, spurning hopes of a maiden victory for the Monegasque team. His promotion to P2 after Abt’s disqualification does however mean he has matched its best-ever result in just two appearances.

Jaguar Racing was left to belatedly celebrate its maiden Formula E podium after Mitch Evans finished fourth on-track, rising to P3 in the final classification ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne and Sam Bird.

Oliver Turvey is now classified sixth for NIO, with Maro Engel and Nicolas Prost following in P8 and P9. Season two champion Sebastien Buemi also gets off the mark for the season with one point for P10.

MRTI: Juncos signs Carlos Cunha for Pro Mazda campaign

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Juncos Racing continued to bolster its entries in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires by signing Carlos Cunha to pilot a third Juncos Pro Mazda entry for 2018. Cunha, who finished third in the 2017 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda season on the back of seven podium finishes, joins Rinus VeeKay and Robert Megennis in Juncos’ Pro Mazda lineup for 2018.

Cunha previously tested with the team at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in October and joined Juncos for the Chris Griffis Memorial test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in November, testing cars for both the Pro Mazda and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires teams.

“It’s great to become a part of Juncos Racing,” said the 18-year-old Cunha. “I am really excited to start the 2018 season with Juncos Racing. This fall we did some testing together and from there I was able to see how focused everyone on the team is and I even felt like I became a part of their family in no time. I am confident we will get great results together next year and I look forward to learning and growing more with the team. It will be a huge pleasure and also a great responsibility to carry the number one on my car, thanks to (2017 Pro Mazda champion Victor Franzoni) and I hope to deliver it back to the team at the end of the year!”

Team owner Ricardo Juncos added, “We are excited to add Carlos to our Pro Mazda lineup. From the moment we started testing with him in early October, we knew he would be a great fit for our team. Carlos has been very quick in testing and even had an impressive showing in the Indy Lights car at the Chris Griffis test back in October. He had a great run this past season in the Pro Mazda series and we are confident he will carry that momentum into the 2018 season.”

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