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IMSA: Roman De Angelis, Robert Masson take wins in Prototype Challenge

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The IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda championship had its season-opening race on Saturday afternoon between sessions of the Roar Before the 24 test. The 1 hour 45 minute contest saw multiple teams across both the LMP3 and Mazda Prototype classes opt to go for one driver for the entire race, while the rest featured two co-drivers splitting the driving duties.

The season opener saw Roman De Angelis score the overall win in his No. 4 Ligier JS P3 for ANSA Motorsports. De Angelis, one of the drivers who completed the event as a solo effort, assumed control of the race after pit stops about midway through.

David Droux, with co-driver Austin McCusker, finished second in the No. 47 Forty 7 Motorsports Norma M30 after McCusker led the opening portion of the race. Daniel Morad, co-driving the No. 30 Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier JS P3 with Kris Wright, made a late charge through the field to finish third.

In the Mazda Prototype Challenge class, Robert Masson emerged in the lead in the second half of the race and cruised home to take the MPC victory in his No. 11 Performance Tech Motorsports Elan DP02. Stuart Rettie finished second in the No. 21 ODU Motorsports entry, while Tazio Ottis, alongside co-driver Bart Wolf in the No. 28 Wolf Motorsports entry, finished third.

Of note, early MPC leader Wyatt Schwab, piloting a second Performance Tech entry, suffered contact that ripped the left-front bodywork off his No. 18 entry. While he continued on after pitting for repairs, Schwab could do no better than seventh in the MPC class, three laps behind race winner Masson.

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Formula E: Vergne outlasts di Grassi for Punta del Este victory

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Saturday’s Punta del Este ePrix did not disappoint, with Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Lucas di Grassi engaging in a thrilling battle throughout the entire race.

Vergne led the way from the pole, having been promoted up the grid after original pole sitter di Grassi was ruled to have cut a chicane during his pole lap, but di Grassi was right on the back wing of Vergne the entire way and made several attempts to get by.

The intense battle between the two, which saw them nearly lock Vergne’s rear wing with di Grassi’s front nose, stayed remarkably clean for the most part, and Vergne was able to hold off all of di Grassi’s advances, a few of which can be viewed below, to take the win.

DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird was also on the charge, the British driver coming from ninth on the grid to take third.

Full race results can be viewed here. The victory sees Vergne extend his points lead over Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist, who finished fifth, to 30 points, with Vergne on 109 markers and Rosenqvist on 79.

Bird sits third with 76 points, respectively.