Bird clinches pole for Race 2 of New York E-Prix in Jaguar 1-2

Credits: Jaguar Racing (Twitter: @JaguarRacing)

Sam Bird claimed pole position in Formula E as he topped the Super Pole qualifying, leading teammate Mitch Evans and Nick Cassidy in second and third respectively for today’s race, securing a Jaguar front-row lockout.

Morning’s Practice Session saw reigning champion Antonio Felix da Costa top the timings, further showing DS Techeetah’s strong pace throughout both rounds 10 and 11. Similarly, the Jaguars proved to be resourceful because, despite one DNF from Evans, Sam Bird recovered from 20th to finish 9th, while setting the TAG Heuer Fastest Lap.

As part of Qualifying 1, the top 6, separated by 12 points, Edoardo Mortara, Robin Frijns, Jean-Eric Vergne, Rene Rast, da Costa, and Evans headed out to a track that was increasingly edging towards the possibility of rain.

At Turn 1, both da Costa and Frijns lock up, coming close to ruining their respective laps. DS Techeetah put their heads in their hands as Vergne suddenly stopped, leading him to start at the back. In the end, Evans takes provisional pole in the group qualifying.

Q2 saw some light rain coming in, leading teams to go in completely unprepared and hopefully qualify for Super Pole. Vergne’s issue was apparently throttle going dead, as he complained.

From Q2, only Lucas di Grassi and Oliver Rowland broke into the top 6 at P4 and P6 respectively, marking a rather unremarkable Q2 and paving the way for an interesting Q3.

Q3 once again witnessed light rain as all eyes are set on the Porsche team to break away from their spell of bad luck in recent events. The rain was not significantly hampering laps as things seemed indifferent for the most part.

In an exciting Q3, Bird puts his Jaguar into the provisional pole, with Wehrlein, Cassidy, and Lotterer from Q3 following at P2, P4, and P5 while the Mahindra duo of Alexander Lynn and Sims slide into 7th and 8th respectively.

To conclude Group Qualifying, Q4 began as drivers at the bottom end of the championship attempted to jump their way into the Super Pole places, in a slippery and bumpy track.

Both Jaguar and Porsche had their drivers in the Super Pole ranking in a superb result while the mood was mixed for DS Techeetah and Nissan as both teams failed to have at least one driver in the top 5, with da Costa narrowly missing out, which may not be necessarily bad for the championship race.

The Super Pole turned out eventful as drivers attempted to set flawless laps and claim pole position for the second race in New York. Sergio Sette Camara participated in his second Super Pole session and Dragon is ecstatic to have a driver qualify for Super Pole, who maintained provisional pole despite Lotterer attempting to snatch pole.

This was to change however as Race 1 pole sitter Cassidy overthrows the Brazillian to claim provisional pole before he was out-qualified by Evans by 1 thousandth of a second. In a sensational run, Bird secures a Jaguar 1-2 at the pole.

The Super Pole classification for Race 2 is as follows:

1BirdJaguar Racing1:08:572
2EvansJaguar Racing+0.090
3CassidyEnvision Virgin Racing+0.091
4WehrleinTAG Heuer Porsche+0.246
5 Sette Camara Dragon/Peske+0.416
6LottererTag Heuer Porsche +0.629
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