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Da Costa holds off defending champ Vergne to win Formula E season opener

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Polesitter Antonio Felix da Costa held off defending series champion Jean-Eric Vergne to kick off the 2018-19 Formula E Championship season with a win Saturday in the Ad Diriyah E-Prix in Saudi Arabia.

Vergne had a chance for the win, but his chances were significantly hurt by a drive-through penalty mid-way through the race for technical infringement.

Jerome D’Ambrosio finished third to round out the podium.

The race marked the debut of Formula E’s new Gen-2 car.

Da Costa, who drives for BMW/Andretti Motorsport, led most of the way through the first 18 laps of the 33-lap event before Vergne took the lead and began to pull away.

Shortly afterward, however, Vergne was penalized for exceeding the maximum amount of power permitted during his first attack mode activation.

Vergne dropped back in the pack, while Da Costa regained the lead on Lap 24, as a result, and held on the rest of the way.

Da Costa won by 0.4 seconds and earned his first Formula E win since the 2014/2015 season.

D’Ambrosio finished third, followed by Mitch Evans in fourth and Andre Lotterer in fifth.

Other notable finishers included Nelson Piquet Jr. (10th) and former Formula One driver Felipe Massa finished 14th in his first-ever Formula E race.

Felix Rosenqvist, who will drive in IndyCar this coming season for Chip Ganassi Racing, was last in the 20-driver field, failing to finish after having mechanical problems early in the race.

Here are the results from today’s race:

More Pos Driver Team Started Best Time Points
1

#28
António Félix
DA COSTA

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarBMW I ANDRETTI MOTORSPORT

1

P

1:13:265

0:46:29:377

28
2

#25
Jean-Éric
VERGNE

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarDS TECHEETAH FORMULA E TEAM

5

1:12:750

+ 462

18
3

#64
Jérôme
D’AMBROSIO

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarMAHINDRA RACING

6

1:13:830

+ 4:033

15
4

#20
Mitch
EVANS

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarPANASONIC JAGUAR RACING

8

1:13:427

+ 5:383

12
5

#36
André
LOTTERER

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarDS TECHEETAH FORMULA E TEAM

7

1:12:591

FL

+ 5:579

11
6

#23
Sébastien
BUEMI

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarNISSAN E.DAMS

3

1:13:397

+ 6:625

8
7

#22
Oliver
ROWLAND

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarNISSAN E.DAMS

14

1:14:026

+ 9:105

6
8

#66
Daniel
ABT

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarAUDI SPORT ABT SCHAEFFLER

11

1:14:301

+ 9:819

4
9

#11
Lucas
DI GRASSI

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarAUDI SPORT ABT SCHAEFFLER

18

1:13:914

+ 10:936

2
10

#3
Nelson
PIQUET JR.

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarPANASONIC JAGUAR RACING

15

1:14:803

+ 11:564

1
11

#2
Sam
BIRD

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarENVISION VIRGIN RACING

19

1:14:307

+ 11:747

0
12

#4
Robin
FRIJNS

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarENVISION VIRGIN RACING

20

1:13:735

+ 12:189

0
13

#16
Oliver
TURVEY

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarNIO FORMULA E TEAM

21

1:14:343

+ 13:104

0
14

#19
Felipe
MASSA

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarVENTURI FORMULA E TEAM

12

1:13:950

+ 13:610

0
15

#8
Tom
DILLMANN

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarNIO FORMULA E TEAM

22

1:13:205

+ 14:273

0
16

#6
Maximilian
GÜNTHER

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarGEOX DRAGON

16

1:14:018

+ 16:161

0
17

#5
Stoffel
VANDOORNE

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarHWA RACELAB

4

1:14:850

+ 20:013

0
18

#27
Alexander
SIMS

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarBMW I ANDRETTI MOTORSPORT

10

1:13:604

+ 47:712

0
19

#48
Edoardo
MORTARA

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarVENTURI FORMULA E TEAM

13

1:14:547

1 lap

0
0

#7
José María
LÓPEZ

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarGEOX DRAGON

2

1:14:306

DNF
0
0

#17
Gary
PAFFETT

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarHWA RACELAB

9

1:16:654

DNF
0
0

#94
Felix
ROSENQVIST

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarMAHINDRA RACING

17

1:16:113

DNF
0

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Dean Wilson out for rest of Supercross season

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“Such a massive gut punch on Saturday,” Dean Wilson wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. “Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye.”

With that post, Wilson announced that he will be out for the remainder of the Supercross season, which includes races at East Rutherford, N.J. and Las Vegas, Nev. An MRI earlier in the week revealed a shoulder injury. He also sustained damage to his kidney in a Lap 8 accident while he was running in the top 10.

Wilson’s injuries will not require surgery.

Wilson’s season began with a lot of promise. Earning the holeshot in the season-opening race at Anaheim, Wilson led for a time before narrowly missing the podium in fourth.

Two weeks later, Wilson finished fifth overall in the Triple Crown event of Anaheim II. Those are his only top-fives of the season.

“The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year,” Wilson continued.

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Such a massive gut punch on Saturday. Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye. Started off Denver topping free practice then went on to qualify P1 in qualifier 1. Qualifier 2 didn’t get the cleanest laps but ended with a 4th. On to the main event I was running around 7th on lap 7 moving forward and as I came around for the rhythm section I tripled in and something freak happened causing the bike to nose dive after I tripled in and pile driving me into the ground. The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year. It’s tough just hoping to have a ride each year. 2nd part is people saying “wilson’s hurt again, big surprise there” when it was something that wasn’t my fault. It’s a tough pill To swallow.. I injured my shoulder and got a contusion on my kidneys. Got MRI and good news is I dodged a bullet on my shoulder and I am just going to give it a few weeks of rest and therapy and see where we are at. Huge disappointment to end my SX season like this. Thanks to my whole team for everything and everybody checking in on me. I really appreciate it. I will be back.

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