Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne clinched the 2017-18 ABB FIA Formula E Championship on Saturday during Race 1 of the New York City ePrix, and ended the season in style by winning Race 2.
Vergne, who started second, was on the charge from outset, launching into the lead directly off the start after beating pole sitter Sebastien Buemi to the first turn. Vergne’s teammate Andre Lotterer also made a strong start to challenge for second, but was deemed to have jumped the start and given a penalty.
Up front, however, Vergne dominated the rest of the way, vending off a late challenge from Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Lucas di Grassi. But, with di Grassi’s teammate Daniel Abt finishing third, it was enough to give them the team championship. Vergne’s teammate Lotterer could only come back to finish ninth.
Still, the victory, Vergne’s fourth of the season, concludes an incredible run in which he finished every race inside the points – his worst finish was tenth, in Switzerland.
Full results can be found here, and the final championship standings can be found here. Vergne ended up leading di Grassi by 44 points at season’s end, di Grassi having gotten around Sam Bird, who finished tenth in Race 2.
MONTEREY, Calif – Rinus VeeKay may have won the first race of the weekend’s Indy Lights doubleheader at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Saturday afternoon, but all all eyes post-race were all on the driver who finished the race in the fourth position.
That driver was Oliver Askew, who by simply starting the 30-lap event at the famed road course won the 2019 series title, along with the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series scholarship that guarantees a minimum of three races next season.
“It’s all sinking in,” Askew told NBC Sports following the race. “I’m really happy to be part of this team. They’re back to back champions now in Indy Lights, and I feel very fortunate to be driving in this car this year.
“This is what we worked for all year. I’m very happy to be in this position and I can’t wait to celebrate with my team.”
With the championship in Askew’s possession from the get-go, the best VeeKay could do for in race 1 was to win in dominant fashion. He went on to do just so.
After starting the race from the pole position, VeeKay led every lap from start to finish en route to his fifth victory of the season.
“We managed the car well and kept the car consistent throughout the whole race,” VeeKay said. “I got a great car from the team so I want to give a big shout out to them for giving me a winning car.”
Behind VeeKay, Portland race 2 winner Toby Sowery finished the race in the second position, while Robert Megennis finished third.
Live streaming coverage of race two of the Indy Lights doubleheader at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca begins tomorrow afternoon at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold.
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