Gunther wins the New York E-Prix

Maximilian Gunther becomes the ninth winner in ten races, after he took victory in New York in a race which saw the BMW Andretti driver conserve energy to take advantage of an opportunistic move by Jean-Eric Vergne to secure the victory. 

The 24-year old started the race in fourth place and passed Sébastien Buemi to move into third. Then he caught up Vergne who was in second and Nick Cassidy who was leading the race from pole position.

Vergne then tried a moved at the Turn 10 hairpin on Cassidy, but the double champion went in too deep which pushed him and Cassidy out-wide and allowed Gunther to sneak through to take the lead of the race with ten minutes remaining. Cassidy dropped down to fourth.

Cassidy had a big margin out infront, but the Kiwi was using too much energy and had to drop back which allowed Vergne, Gunther and Di Grassi to catch up to him.

The race order stayed the same from there which allowed Gunther to take victory, and secure a home win for BMW Andretti. Vergne wasn’t able to challenge the BMW driver due to Gunther having more energy than the Ds Techeetah driver.

Lucas Di Grassi came home in third for Audi which continues their rise in form. Nick Cassidy came home fourth for Envision Virgin Racing, but the team did not switch him with Robin Frijns who finished the race in fifth.

Frijns would have taken the championship lead by two points if he finished in fourth, but now the Dutchmen is level on points with Edoardo Mortara on 72.

Oliver Rowland finished in sixth and was right behind Frijns which may have been the deciding factor to why Envision Virgin Racing decided not to switch their driver.

Sébastien Buemi dropped back from fifth to seventh and finished behind his teammate Oliver Rowland. Andre Lotterer finished in eighth for Porsche.

Sam Bird, who effectively had a brand new car after his crash in FP1, finished the race in ninth for Jaguar after starting 19th. The Brit was able to carve his way through the field and also picked up an extra point for fastest lap.

Rene Rast came from 24th to finish in the points as the Audi driver claimed the final point for 10th place.

Reigning champion Antonio Felix Da Costa failed to score a point after starting the race in 13th. The Portuguese driver only made up one position in the race to finish in 12th.

There were six retirements in the race. Pascal Wehrlein hit Alex Lynn at Turn 10 as the Porsche driver wanted to enter the Attack Mode zone, but failed to slow enough to avoid hitting Lynn.

Mitch Evans retried after losing drive at Turn 1. Stoffel Vandoorne and Alexander Sims had a coming together which caused their retirements. Oliver Turvey and Jake Dennis also failed to finish the race.

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