New York Formula E: DS Virgin's Sam Bird on pole for second header

Sam Bird set himself up for a brace of victories in New York by claiming pole for the second half of Formula E's Brooklyn double-header

New York Formula E: DS Virgin's Sam Bird on pole for second header

The DS Virgin Racing driver clinched his first win in over a year on Saturday, and will start from the front of the grid on Sunday after edging Felix Rosenqvist by less than a tenth in qualifying.

Bird set a 1m02.285s in the superpole session, which Rosenqvist then failed to match by just 0.037 seconds.

That allowed Bird to complete a DS Virgin pole double in New York, after debutant Alex Lynn's shock result on Saturday.

Lynn toiled by comparison on day two, and will start the second race on the ninth row of the grid in 17th.

Jean-Eric Vergne will line up third alongside Renault e.dams rookie Pierre Gasly, who made a mistake on his hotlap.

Gasly, subbing in for absent championship leader Sebastien Buemi, scored points on his debut and then topped the group stage of qualifying on Sunday.

He had to settle for fourth after his error, although still managed to get ahead of Mahindra's Nick Heidfeld, who had a scruffy lap.

Heidfeld's last-gasp flier in the final qualifying group dumped Maro Engel out of the superpole.

The Venturi driver will be pleased with a row-three start after a difficult Saturday race.

Oliver Turvey will start seventh in his NextEV entry ahead of the two Abt-run Audi drivers, Daniel Abt again getting the better of title-contending team-mate Lucas di Grassi.

Tom Dillmann hit the wall in practice, but bounced back to join team-mate Engel in the top 10.

Nico Prost was just 15th-fastest in the second Renault e.dams.

STARTING GRID:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Sam Bird Virgin DS Virgin 1m02.285s -
2 Felix Rosenqvist Mahindra Mahindra 1m02.322s 0.037s
3 Jean-Eric Vergne Techeetah Renault 1m02.544s 0.259s
4 Pierre Gasly e.dams Renault 1m03.173s 0.888s
5 Nick Heidfeld Mahindra Mahindra 1m03.210s 0.925s
6 Maro Engel Venturi Venturi 1m02.579s -
7 Oliver Turvey NextEV NEXTEV TCR 1m02.583s -
8 Daniel Abt Abt ABT Schaeffler 1m02.688s -
9 Lucas di Grassi Abt ABT Schaeffler 1m02.720s -
10 Tom Dillmann Venturi Venturi 1m02.807s -
11 Stephane Sarrazin Techeetah Renault 1m02.853s -
12 Mitch Evans Jaguar Jaguar 1m02.868s -
13 Jerome d'Ambrosio Dragon Penske 1m02.900s -
14 Nicolas Prost e.dams Renault 1m03.038s -
15 Alex Lynn Virgin DS Virgin 1m03.224s -
16 Antonio Felix da Costa Andretti Andretti 1m03.330s -
17 Loic Duval Dragon Penske 1m03.547s -
18 Adam Carroll Jaguar Jaguar 1m03.594s -
19 Robin Frijns Andretti Andretti 1m02.820s -
20 Nelson Piquet Jr. NextEV NEXTEV TCR 1m03.184s -


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