Jake Dennis has won the Valencia E-Prix after lights to flag victory in a race here nobody wanted to lead the race.
With energy management being a major concern this weekend teams didn’t want lead the race as they wanted to save energy in the slipstream and attack at the end of the race. However, Dennis proved that if you lead the race you can control the race, which the 25-year-old did.
To ensure the victory, Dennis had to slow down in the final sector to ensure he crossed the line before the clock hit zero, otherwise we were in for another race were everyone would have ran out of energy on the final lap of the race.
Dennis was able to achieve that and then it was a flat out final lap between Norman Nato and Andre Lotterer. Dennis also cored the maximum amount of points from the race as well with 29 after securing fastest lap, pole position, fastest man in group qualifying and the race win.
The championship leaders failed to score any points in this race. Stoffel Vandoorne retired from the race after a collision with Sébastien Buemi at Turn 10. Nyck De Vries could only finish 16th in the other Mercedes.
Jaguar’s Sam Bird could only finish 14th and Mitch Evans in the other Jaguar 15th. Reigning champion Antonio Felix Da Costa had an issue with Attack Mode, as he would drive through the sensors but it wouldn’t activate. That meant the Techeetah driver finished in 22nd.
Alex Lynn was stalking Jake Dennis at the start of the race and it looked like he was in prime position to overtake the BMW driver, bust choose against it. Then at Turn 9 he was tagged by Norman Nato, which sent Lynn into the gravel, and the Mahindra driver dropped to sixth place.
Nato then moved to second, but was given a five-second time penalty for the incident with Alex Lynn. The Venturi driver did cross the line in second but he dropped down to fifth and allowed Andre Lotterer to finish in second for Porsche and promoted Lynn back to the podium in third.
Lynn managed to pass Oliver Rowland and Rene Rast in the final few laps to ensure that he finished on the podium. Rowland managed to finish in fourth for Nissan. Nato ended fifth and Rast finished in sixth.
The Audi driver made up eight positions in the race after starting 14th. Rast was running in fourth thanks to the use of Attack Mode, but lost out in the final few laps.
Jean-Eric Vergne ended the race in seventh, and will be wondering where the pace was in the race after losing touch with top six during the race.
Oliver Turvey finished in eighth for NIO 333. The Brit was up to second when he took his Attack Mode early, but that strategy turned out to be his downfall, as when other took their Attack Mode they were able to pass Turvey.
Edoardo Mortara finished in ninth for Venturi and Lucas Di Grassi picked up the final point for tenth.