Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler rolled to a 1-2 on Saturday’s Berlin ePrix, with Daniel Abt dominating from the pole to take his second career victory in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
While Abt enjoyed a clean getaway to run away into the lead, teammate di Grassi had a slightly busier day, needing to pass Dragon Racing’s Jerome d’Ambrosio and Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne to run third behind NIO’s Oliver Turvey.
Di Grassi was able to leap frog Turvey during pit stops, and was only one second behind Abt following their stops to exchange cars.
But, Abt was able to pull back away, comfortably taking the win over di Grassi and take a home victory for both him and the Audi team.
Vergne finished third and extends his championship lead to 40 points over DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird, who finished seventh. Mahindra’s Felix Rosenqvist still sits in third after finishing 11th, but leads Abt by only one point in that battle.
The ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway will add a new and interesting chapter to that program as the students selected happen to be twin sisters.
Jacqueline and Nathalie Mische, who are studying Automotive Technology at Lincoln Tech’s East Windsor, CT campus, will be part of James Hinchcliffe’s No. 5 Arrow Electronics Honda team during the Pocono weekend.
What’s even more interesting is that Jacqueline and Nathalie previously worked in a hair salon as after graduating from beauty school. They explained that one of their Lincoln Tech instructors, Kristopher Fluckiger, put the idea of pursuing a career in the racing field in their heads.
And the young women feel both humbled and surprised by the opportunity at hand.
“It’s still so surreal. When everyone told us that we got chosen – to be able to go, we feel honored that we get that opportunity,” Natalie revealed.
Jacqueline added, “Especially two of us from one campus, we kind of didn’t think we could (both get nominated).”
Kevin Clark, Director of Education at the East Windsor campus, spoke very highly of the Mische sisters and feels that they both earned the opportunity.
“(They) are truly deserving of this honor – being selected for the SPM Mentor program,” said Clark. “They are outstanding students with exceptional GPAs and near-perfect attendance. They are always upbeat, positive, and smiling while actively engaged in their education and helping others.”