Alex Lynn delivered one of the shock results of the FIA Formula E season thus far, by claiming pole position for DS Virgin Racing on his debut race at the first outing of the New York ePrix.
Formula E kicked off the inaugural ePrix in New York City in cold and damp circuit, swamped by high rise buildings. Which sees e.dams star Sebastian Buemi missing the double header weekend.
The qualifying groups were as follows:
Group 1: Frijns, Vergne, Gasly, Duval and da Costa.
Group 2: D’Ambrosio, Heidfeld, Evans, Sarrazin and Prost.
Group 3: Piquet, Rosenqvist, Lynn, Carroll and Abt.
Group 4: Bird, Dillmann, Engel, di Grassi and Turvey.
Lynn made it through to Super Pole along with Bird, d’Ambrosio, Vergne and Abt. But it was Lynn who set the fastest time in the final shootout and setting the best lap of 1:03.296. German Daniel Abt was Lynn’s closest competitor for ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport team, some two-tenths shy of the Brit.
“Just to be here and racing in New York is so great and to be on Pole Position for my first race is a little bit unbelievable,” he said. “We’ll try to have a good race this afternoon and score as many points as we can” said Lynn shortly after the session.
Jean-Eric Vergne qualified third for Techeetah, while Sam Bird was fourth in the second of the DS Virgin cars, signing of a solid overall qualifying result for them.
While Mahindra showed good pace in FP1, it didn’t carry into qualifying, which saw Nick Heidfeld lead Mahindra’s charge through qualifying sessions, but was unable to make it through to the Super Pole stage, finishing sixth ahead of the NextEV pair of Nelson Piquet Jr and Oliver Turvey respectively.
Nicolas Prost could only take ninth for Renault e.dams, while rookie teammate Pierre Gasly qualified P19 for his first Formula E race, who stands in for Buemi, who is on WEC duties with Toyota.
With Bumei gone, this was a must win race for Lucas di Grassi, who’s hopes of carving into Sebastien Buemi’s points lead took a hit in qualifying as he could only finish 10th, which was down to a yellow flag being brought out for Marco Engel’s stricken Venturi racer.
The New York ePrix begins at 4pm local time (9pm BST).
Image: DS Virgin Racing