Antonio Felix da Costa converted pole position into his first victory of the 2021-22 Formula E season, seeing off Stoffel Vandoorne, who became the new championship leader in New York City.

The DS Techeetah driver was able to keep kept Vandoorne just behind him n the closing stages of a thrilling second race at the Brooklyn Street Circuit.

A late yellow flag stopped Vandoorne from passing Da Costa in the closing lasp, as a pile-up at Turn 6, which involved Jean-Eric Vergne, Lucas di Grassi and Oliver Askew.

Despite Vandoorne having 1% more energy than da Costa, he held on to collect his and Techeetah’s first win of the year, continuing his turnaround after a difficult start to the campaign.

Da Costa held his pole off the start despite pressure from fellow front-row starter Alexander Sims, but the Mahindra driver looked more concerned by the cars behind him and thus tried to stick with the Portuguese driver.

Andre Lotterer had a dreadful start from third, and dropped into the midpack and allowed Vandoorne to jump into third at Turn 1.

The leading duo picked up their sole eight-minute attack mode activations on lap 12, with Vandoorne instructed to do the opposite of Sims, which allowed the Mercedes driver to secure the lead for a lap.

Vandoorne then picked up attack mode on the following tour, dropping back to third, but he continued to stick with the frontrunners along with team-mate Nyck de Vries.

But having lost a little ground to da Costa, Sims was then under heavy pressure from Vandoorne who, after a few aborted efforts, finally made his way past.

Mitch Evans collected a hard-fought third place, recovering from a shoulder-barge from de Vries and a subsequent huge slide after hitting a bump in the road on the run to Turn 6 – which he miraculously saved.

Those incidents put Evans down into fifth and some way from the leading quartet, but a series of strong laps from the Kiwi meant that he was able to get back onto de Vries’s tail – and the Dutchman then explored the same bump, which handed Evans fourth.

As Sims dropped off the back of da Costa and Vandoorne, he was susceptible to Evans’s advances and was dispatched on lap 36 – denying the Mahindra driver a podium.

Sims tailed Evans to the finish but, like Vandoorne, had few opportunities to return the favour – but still claimed his best finish of the season.

De Vries hit the bump ahead of Turn 6 for a second time, which put him into the run-off and allowed Bird to pass – and also could not keep Frijns behind him ahead of the final five laps – and thus had to be content with seventh.

Jake Dennis claimed eighth place ahead of Lotterer, as Edoardo Mortara benefitted from the late-race Turn 6 scuffle to pop up into the points, having worked his way through from 21st on the grid.