D’Ambrosio wins Manic Marrakesh race

Jerome D’Ambrosio won a spectacular Marrakesh E-Prix after the two dominant BMWs came together ten minutes from the end of the race.

Sam Bird led from pole, but was immediately challenged at turn one by Jean Eric Vergne who was trying to make the most of a poor start. The Frenchman spun himself and had to make his way back through the field. He would eventually finish fifth.

Buemi also lost ten positions trying to avoid Vergne, and would recover to tenth. Sims jumped to second and Da Costa to third with Frijns in fourth. Further down the field Di grassi hit Wehrlein, which would see the German retire from his first Formula E race. Vandoorne also retired.

The BMW drivers soon switched positions and set their sights on Bird. Da Costa made the move that would take him into the lead and Sims swiftly followed. It seemed like tehre was a problem for Bird as he fell down the order to sixth letting Frijns, Di Grassi and D’Ambrosio through.

D’Ambrosio would then go on a charge making his way up to third, where he would stay for the majority of the race. Di Grassi kept fourth until both Virgin racers used their Attack Modes.

Then with under ten minutes to go, Sims saw an opportunity to pounce on his teammate, dived to the outside of turn seven to try and make the move. He locked up and kept going straight, meanwhile on the inside, Da Costa too locked up and plowed straight into the wall. Sims recovered into fourth.

The Safety Car was deployed to recover the stricken BMW of Da Costa. When the Safety Car came in, there was just 30 seconds and a lap. Most drivers had strategically got their Attack Mode for the end of the race, however all of them ran out as the race restarted. Apart from Sims in fourth, Di Grassi in seventh and Dillmann in 18th. They all picked up their Attack Mode one lap later, meaning that they had the extra power mode for the final lap.

In a very frantic run to the line, and multiple opportunistic moves by lots of drivers, the order remained the same and it would be D’Ambrosio who corssed the line first ahead of the two Virgins of Frijns and Bird.

Sims finished fourth ahead of Vergne, Lotterer, Di Grassi and Buemi. With Evans and Vergne rounding out the top ten.

It means that D’Ambrosio is twelve points ahead of Da Costa and Vergne who are tied in second. DS Techeetah continue to lead the Teams Championship now 7 points ahead of BMW Andretti and Mahindra who are tied in second.

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship returns in Santiago in two weeks time.

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