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Andretti BMW's Guenther drives to victory again

Fended off pressure from Pascal Wehrlein
Saturday, May 2, 2020

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Maximilian Guenther
Maximilian Guenther

Maximilian Guenther secured his second win in succession to extend his lead in the ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge in support of UNICEF at Electric Docks circuit. The BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver put on another dominant display and fended off pressure from Pascal Wehrlein to take top honors in round two.

Following in second was Envision Virgin Racing's Robin Frijns with Geox Dragon's Nico Mueller in third .

Poleman Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-Benz EQ) led the way into the first corner before meeting with the wall in the opening seconds of the race. With significant damage, former winner Max Guenther took the lead while Vandoorne managed to hold third with Mahindra Racing's Pascal Wehrlein in second.

Dropping down the order, Vandoorne slipped to fifth, letting Envision Virgin Racing's Robin Frijns through to third and Geox Dragon's Nico Mueller through to fourth.

Four laps in, Guenther maintained the lead. At the back of the pack, Rokit Venturi Racing's Felipe Massa clipped the chicane on Turn 1, spinning out of the race.

Despite making his debut here in the second round, Envision Virgin Racing's Sam Bird was out the running by lap six. Moments later, both the Panasonic Jaguar Racing drivers James Calado and Mitch Evans collided through Turn 1, putting an end Evans race.

Back at the front, Guenther continued to hold off an ever-advancing Pascal Wehrlein who followed just three tenths of a second behind. Under pressure, the two Germans battled for the top spot with five laps to go.

Coming through Turn 1 close behind Guenther, Wehrlein clipped the wall and spun while Guenther broke away into a ten second lead.

Advancing on Wehrlein, Frijns and Mueller slipped into the second and third while Wehrlein - still carrying significant damage - dropped down to fourth.

Rounding off the points with one lap to go was double Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne, who advanced on Jaguar's Calado in ninth. Nose to tail, Calado and Vergne went through Turn 1 to start their last lap.

Now on his last lap, Guenther held the lead 15 seconds ahead of Frijns in second. Crossing the line of the Electric Docks circuit, the German driver celebrated his second points win of the competition, cementing his position as the leader of the Race at Home Challenge. Following in second was Frijns, while Geox Dragon's Nico Mueller rounded off the podium in third.

Results

PosDriverTime/BehindPts
1Maximilian Guenther21:06.243s(25)
2Robin Frijns+15.253s(18)
3Nico Mueller+16.251s(15)
4Neel Jani+22.299s(12)
5Stoffel Vandoorne+30.193s(11)
6Oliver Turvey+30.358s(8)
7Nyck de Vries+39.162s(6)
8James Calado+43.199s(4)
9Jean-Eric Vergne+43.271s(2)
10Pascal Wehrlein+44.841s(2)
11Sebastien Buemi+45.254s(0)
12Jerome D’Ambrosio+50.801s(0)
13Lucas di Grassi12 Laps(0)
14Alexander Sims12 Laps(0)
15Oliver Rowland10 Laps(0)
16Edoardo Mortara7 Laps(0)
17Andre Lotterer5 Laps(0)
18Mitch Evans5 Laps(0)
19Sam Bird3 Laps(0)
20Felipe Massa2 Laps(0)
21Antonio Felix da Costa1 Lap(0)
DNFMa Qing Hua-(0)
DNFDaniel Abt-(0)

Quotes

BMW I ANDRETTI MOTORSPORT
MAXIMILIAN GUENTHER

"The first one or two turns were so chaotic with so much contact and pushing from the side, from behind, from everywhere! I was happy I got through it unscathed and really glad I was in front after three corners, because it was difficult to survive the mess on the opening lap."

Driver Standings

DriverTeamPts
Maximilian GuentherBMW i Andretti Motorsport50
Robin FrijnsEnvision Virgin Racing30
Stoffel VandoorneMercedes-Benz EQ22
Nick CassidyEnvision Virgin Racing19
Pascal WehrleinMahindra Racing17
Nico MuellerGEOX DRAGON15
Oliver TurveyNIO 33314
Neel JaniTAG Heuer Porsche12
Oliver RowlandNissan e.dams8
Nyck de VriesMercedes-Benz EQ6
Felipe MassaROKiT Venturi Racing4
James CaladoPanasonic Jaguar Racing4
Jerome D’AmbrosioMahindra Racing2
Jean-Eric VergneDS TECHEETAH2
Alexander SimsBMW i Andretti Motorsport1
Lucas di GrassiAudi Sport ABT Schaeffler0
Daniel AbtAudi Sport ABT Schaeffler0
Antonio Felix da CostaDS TECHEETAH0
Brendon HartleyGEOX DRAGON0
Ma Qing HuaNIO 3330
Sebastien BuemiNissan e.dams0
Mitch EvansPanasonic Jaguar Racing0
Andre LottererTAG Heuer Porsche0
Edoardo MortaraROKiT Venturi Racing0
Sam BirdEnvision Virgin Racing0

Team Standings

TeamPts
BMW i Andretti Motorsport51
Envision Virgin Racing49
Mercedes-Benz EQ28
Mahindra Racing19
GEOX DRAGON15
NIO 33314
TAG Heuer Porsche12
Nissan e.dams8
ROKiT Venturi Racing4
Panasonic Jaguar Racing4
DS TECHEETAH2
Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler0

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