Formula E/LAT

Rosenqvist takes pole for second Berlin Formula E race

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Felix Rosenqvist continued his good form over the Berlin Formula E weekend by scorching to his second pole position of the season in Sunday’s qualifying session at Tempelhof Airport.

Rosenqvist battled through from third on the grid to claim his maiden Formula E victory in Saturday’s opening race, beating title contender Lucas di Grassi.

The Swede followed this up by taking his second pole in Formula E – his first coming last November in Marrakesh – on Sunday, edging out Renault e.dams’ Sebastien Buemi.

Rosenqvist turned in a fastest lap time of 1:08.208 to finish 0.098 seconds clear of Buemi, giving the Mahindra Racing team even more reason to celebrate after its double podium on Saturday.

Jose Maria Lopez and Sam Bird carried over their good qualifying form from Saturday to get into Super Pole for DS Virgin Racing, locking out the second row of the grid. Jean-Eric Vergne will start fifth for Techeetah.

Fresh from cutting Buemi’s championship lead down to just 22 points on Saturday, di Grassi was unable to repeat his charge to pole, ailing to seventh on the grid behind Oliver Turvey. Daniel Abt and Mitch Evans will start eighth and ninth respectively, with Nicolas Prost rounding out the top 10.

Former 5-time ALMS and Le Mans-winning team owner Dave Maraj killed in accident

Photo courtesy Dave Maraj Facebook page
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Well-known sports car team owner and automobile dealership owner Dave Maraj was killed Saturday night in a boating accident in Florida, according to SportsCar365.com.

Maraj’s Champion Racing teams won five consecutive American Le Mans Series championships from 2004 through 2008, and also captured the overall win in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2005, the last American team to do so in the iconic sports car race.

IMSA President Scott Atherton released the following statement mourning Maraj’s passing:

Dave Maraj. Photo courtesy IMSA.

“All of us at IMSA are shocked and saddened by the news of Dave Maraj’s passing. As a team owner in the American Le Mans Series, Dave and his Champion Racing organization were the epitome of professionalism and excellence, as their five series championships and 24 Hours of Le Mans victory will attest.

“Dave was a tremendous competitor and a great friend to all in the paddock throughout his time in our sport. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dave’s family and friends and to all of his associates at Champion Motors.”

Maraj was a very successful automobile dealership owner, most notably Champion Motors and Champion Porsche in Pompano Beach, Florida, the latter considered the No. 1 Porsche dealer in the U.S.

Details of how Maraj died have not been released.

Maraj sold his racing operation after the 2008 season and devoted himself to his Porsche and Audi auto dealerships, as well as competitive sailing.