Buemi quickest again on day two of first Formula E test at Donington Park

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DONINGTON PARK – Sebastien Buemi carried over his good Monday form into Tuesday by finishing fastest once again on the second day of the first FIA Formula E pre-season test.

Renault e.dams driver Buemi posted a fastest lap time of 1:31.050 with just 22 minutes remaining in the six-hour long day of running at Donington Park, beating DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird by four-tenths of a second at the top of the timesheets.

Tuesday saw the teams conduct more representative running with their cars after dialling them in on Monday, as just 1.3 seconds separated the top ten drivers at the end of the day.

Top spot changed hands a number of times, but it was Buemi who ultimately finished fastest once again for e.dams following a late quick lap.

ABT Schaeffler driver Daniel Abt had threatened to knock the Swiss driver off his perch, posting the fastest time in the first two sectors before tailing off in the final part of his lap. The German driver eventually finished the day in third place, 0.487 seconds down on Buemi.

Nick Heidfeld and Bruno Senna continued Mahindra’s strong start to life with the season two car, finishing fourth and sixth on Tuesday. The duo were split by e.dams’ Nicolas Prost.

Venturi endured something of a mixed day yet again at Donington Park. Stephane Sarrazin’s running was relatively trouble-free en route to P8 overall, but the same could not be said of teammate Jacques Villeneuve. The Canadian driver was limited to just 15 laps due to a number of problems, one of which left him to push his car back to the garage from pit entry. He eventually finished 12th overall.

Amlin Andretti had another day to forget at Donington. After failing to get the car out on track at all on Monday, the team was keen to get started early on Tuesday by sending Simona de Silvestro out early on. However, she stopped on her out lap, prompting a red flag.

In total, the American team tried to get de Silvestro out five times, only for her car to stop on its out lap on every single occasion due to software issues.

However, it was not alone in its plight as NEXTEV TCR failed to get out on track at all. Oliver Turvey and Nelson Piquet Jr. were on site in the morning, but the team opted to call an early end to its first test due to a problem with its powertrains, which have since returned to Germany.

Trulli also failed to get out on track once again for its first run with the season two car. A team spokesperson confirmed to MotorSportsTalk that it would be aiming to run for the first time at next week’s test at Donington.

Adam Cianciarulo serves notice with Monster Energy Cup win

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In his debut on a 450 Kawasaki, Adam Cianciarulo held off teammate Eli Tomac in a hotly contested final Main to win the Monster Energy Cup at Sam Boyd Stadium: One race; one win.

“My first thought was, ‘what I life I get to live,’ ” Cianciarulo told NBCSN after the race. “That whole race I knew (Eli) was behind me. We had a gap and I knew it was going to come down to the Joker Lane.”

For Cianciarulo, it was all about managing pressure. He earned the holeshot in the first and final Mains. In the first race, he lost his bike and the lead under the bridge. In the final Main, he withstood a fierce charge for 10 laps from one of the best riders ever in Supercross.

Tomac stalked Cianciarulo for eight laps. At one point, he made the pass, but Cianciarulo expertly executed a crossover move and retook the point in the same corner. Tomac knew he was going to have to change things up if he wanted to make a pass for the lead and the overall win.

“Going into the Joker, I couldn’t really ever make the pass stick, so I thought let me get in this thing a lap early and see if I can make the speed up on the track,” Tomac said after the race.

He had a reason to believe it would turn out in his favor because he used the tactic in the second Main and made up four spots on the track – advancing from seventh to fourth.

“Just the opportunity to race with Eli,” Cianciarulo continued from Victory Lane. “You know, he’s accomplished so much and just to be out there on the track with him. I’m just stoked to be out there with him.”

Cianciarulo would have been forgiven if he thought Las Vegas owed him something. Entering the Supercross season finale this year, he only needed a clean finish to win the 250 West championship. He crashed and handed the win over to Dylan Ferrandis, but instead of allowing that to frustrate him, Cianciarulo used it as motivation.

“(Winning this race) is a little bit of redemption, but to be honest with you I look at (the accident in) Vegas now after winning the outdoor motocross championship as something that helped me get there,” Cianciarulo said. “It’s helped me grow.”

With his overall win, Cianciarulo pocketed a $100,000 check. The payday could have been $1 million if any rider had been able to win all three Mains. Instead, three Mains featured three different riders. Tomac won the first Main, Malcolm Stewart the second, and Cianciarulo the third.

Tomac stormed to the lead in the first Main and was slicing through the field in Main 2 before he flipped his bike on a bad landing. He fell from challenging for the lead to 10th. Ten laps does not allow a lot of time to make up for a mistake, but Tomac was able to make up significant time by taking the Joker Lane one lap before Cianciarulo and Stewart.

Malcolm Stewart finished third in his return to Supercross racing. SupercrossLive.com

Stewart would win the second Main, completing a comeback nine months in the making. Early in the Supercross season, he crashed hard in Phoenix and broke his femur.

“I’ve been waiting nine months for all this; I’m just having fun out there.” Stewart said at the end of Main 2. “We’ve got another race to go and hopefully we’re on the top step, but if not, we’re already making dreams come true. I’ve already marked things off my checklist. It was just to win a Main Event.”

Entering the final Main Cianciarulo, Tomac, and Stewart were in a dead heat in regard to points. Cianciarulo finished second in the first two Mains, Tomac had a 1-3 with Stewart at a 3-1. The battle would be a “winner takes all” scenario.

How they finished in the final Main determined the overall result with Stewart finishing third in the race and overall standings.

Vince Friese had the ride of his life. With a 4-5-5, he finished fourth.

Friese was also trying to erase an injury-plagued season.

“I had a good (2019) season going,” Friese said. “I don’t think I got to show everything I had. It was frustrating getting hurt just a few races in and five months off the motorcycle is not fun, so I was hungry tonight.”

The World Champion Tim Gajser scored a 7-4-4 and rounded out the top five.

Dean Wilson crashed hard in the last lap of practice. He was transported to the hospital with a leg injury.

Evan Ferry won the Supermini division on the strength of winning both Mains. Gavin Towers and Myles Gilmore rounded out the top three.

In 250 Futures, Jett Lawrence won both Mains and the overall. Jalek Swoll and Brock Papi rounded out the top three.

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