Bird clinches a Jaguar 1-2 in New York

Sam Bird has secured a Jaguar one-two by claiming pole position for the New York E-Prix. 

The Brit was the fastest group qualifier and in Super Pole he set a 1.08.572 to clinch pole.

Mitch Evans came from group one to qualify in second. The Kiwi was one-tenth away from his teammate after setting a 1.08.662.

The rain played a huge part in qualifying, as the rain came down before the start of group 2, which meant the majority of the second group did not go faster than group one. However, the showers stopped and the track started to dry out in time for group three which saw the majority of the driver from that group make it into Super Pole.

Nick Cassidy came from that third group and secured third place for Envision Virgin Racing. The New Zealander was on pole for yesterday’s race and had good race pace.

Pascal Wehrlein will start in fourth for Porsche after setting a 1.08.818. Sergio Sette Camara will start fifth for Dragon.

Andre Lotterer will line-up in sixth in the second Porsche car.

Antonio Felix Da Costa just missed out on Super Pole after qualifying in Group 1. The reigning champion set a time of a 1.09.052 and will look to resurrect his championship defence in the race later today.

Alex Lynn will start in eighth place ahead of his teammate Alexander Sims for Mahindra. Norman Nato will start 10th for Venturi with both Audi’s in 11th and 12th. Rene Rast outqualified Lucas Di Grassi, but Di Grassi was in group two and had a significantly wetter track than Rast who was in group one.

Sébastien Buemi will start 13th after qualifying in the fourth group. Championship leader Edoardo Mortara will start 14th in the second of the Venturi cars.

Joel Eriksson hit the wall on his flying lap in group 4, but it was still good enough for 15th. Oliver Rowland will start 16th for Nissan ahead of Oliver Turvey in 17th.

Jake Dennis qualified 19th and Stoffel Vandoorne qualified in 20th continuing Mercedes bad luck. The Silver Arrows had both cars out in the wetter group 2 and Nyck De Vries could only manage 22nd.

Joint championship leader Robin Frijns will start in-between the Mercedes drivers in 21st and yesterday’s race winner Maximilian Gunther will start 23rd. Jean-Eric Vergne will start 24th and last after his car slowed down in sector one.

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