Buemi clinches pole position for Monaco ePrix


Sebastien Buemi has claimed his second pole position of the inaugural FIA Formula E season after finishing fastest in qualifying for the Monaco ePrix on Saturday afternoon.

The electric-powered series ventures to Monaco this weekend for its first race on European shores, acting as something of a home event for the French e.dams team that Buemi drives for.

The Swiss driver posted a fastest lap time of 53.478 seconds during qualifying, using his experience of racing at Monaco in Formula 1 wisely to finish two-tenths of a second clear of the field and clinch the team’s fourth pole position of the season.

Championship leader Lucas di Grassi will start alongside Buemi on the front row of the grid for Audi Sport ABT at his home event, and is joined in the top three by another former Virgin F1 driver in the form of Jerome d’Ambrosio, who will start from his highest position later today. Long Beach winner Nelson Piquet Jr. qualified fourth for Team China Racing.

Many of the big hitters failed to get to grips with the modified Monaco circuit, which uses only half of the layout used in F1. Andretti’s good form in qualifying came to an end as both Jean-Eric Vergne and Scott Speed ended up 14th and 16th respectively, whilst Nicolas Prost could only qualify seventh in the second e.dams car.

Antonio Felix da Costa’s hopes of spoiling the party in the final qualifying group were dashed after he lost the backend of his car when heading through Tabac, crashing into the wall and bringing out a red flag. Despite qualifying in 20th place, he will move up the grid due to Karun Chandhok’s grid penalty.

Loic Duval and Jaime Alguersuari have also been penalized for component changes, dropping to 15th and 18th respectively.

The Monaco ePrix kicks off at 4pm local time.

Supercross: Enzo Lopes will race with ClubMX in 2024

Lopes ClubMX 2024
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Coming off his best Supercross season to date, Enzo Lopes has re-signed with Muc-Off / ClubMX Yamaha and will race for the team in 2024. The deal is for Supercross only.

Enzo Lopes won his heat race in Denver and finished fourth in the Main. – Feld Motor Sports

Lopes debuted in the Supercross series in 2019 on a Suzuki and scored his first top-10 finishes in his last two starts of that season. Showing consistent improvement, he earned six top-10s in eight Main events the following year and finished fifth in the 250 East standings. In 2022, he scored his first top-five at Daytona and finished in the top five in points again.

“I am happy to be returning to ClubMX for another season,” Lopes said in a press release. “It is like family to me there and that is very important. Although I had many options, staying where I am makes the most sense for many reasons. The bikes are great, the people are great, the tracks are amazing, and I am surrounded by people that care about me. We all want to win and together we will get there.”

While he improved his season-best performance by only one position this year, it was nevertheless a breakout season. Lopes barely missed the podium three times in 2023 with fourth-place finishes at San Diego, Seattle, and Denver.

His strong performance him rumored to be speaking with factory teams.

“We could see the growth from Enzo every time he gets on the bike,” said team owner Brandon Haas. “We all knew it was just a matter of time before he would be noticed by everyone, and we are proud of him on many levels. He had some heat race wins and qualified fastest at three events this season. It would be hard not to be noticed going that fast. He had a big decision to make and we are glad he chose to stay with us at ClubMX.”

Lopes had three podium finishes in heat races this year, including a win preceding his fourth-place finish in Denver.

Lopes will join Jeremy Martin, Phil Nicoletti and Garrett Marchbanks, who announced a two-year extension with the team in January, at the ClubMX team.