Mahindra Racing takes lead ahead of Santiago ePrix

Sakal Times
Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Pune: Good show from Mahindra Racing team in the Marrakesh ePrix  helped them to gain an 18-point lead before getting ready for Santiago ePrix, which will be held on February 3 in the capital city of Chile.

Pune: Good show from Mahindra Racing team in the Marrakesh ePrix  helped them to gain an 18-point lead before getting ready for Santiago ePrix, which will be held on February 3 in the capital city of Chile.

The Marrakesh ePrix event, the second to be held on the challenging Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan in Marrakesh, witnessed a stellar fight in the front of the field between Sebestian Buemi’s pole position sitting Renault, Sam Bird’s DS Virgin car and Mahindra racing’s very own Felix Rosenqvist, kicking himself for an error on his super-pole qualifying lap, which probably cost him the pole.

These three rapidly pulled away from the rest of the pack, where after a strong opening lap, Nick was already fighting on the fringes of the top ten. Biding his time, Felix made his move on Sam Bird just before half distance and he immediately started to apply some real pressure on Buemi’s Renault. 

An uncharacteristically slow pit-stop saw the Mahindra driver lose some ground to the Swiss leader, but Mahindra’s star reeled his adversary in before pouncing with a well-executed move on the Buemi with just 4 laps to go. 

Buemi had no reply and Felix brought his car home for a popular and thoroughly deserved win, his second in succession to take the championship lead in his hands for the first time. 

Meanwhile, Nick emerged from a frantic scrap for the points-paying positions crossing the line in a superb 8th position.

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