Nissan e.dams takes podium in Formula E esports race
Nissan e.dams driver Oliver Rowland took a podium today in New York City for round six of the ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge, following his win in last week’s race in Berlin.
Rowland qualified sixth on the newly-created virtual Brooklyn circuit, the scene of Nissan e.dams’ maiden victory in the live-racing season last year. The Brit rose as high a second towards the end of the race in an intense and entertaining three-car battle, before crossing the finish line third.
Team-mate Sebastien Buemi, who took the victory here in season five, qualified eighth and maintained his position to the finish line.
The ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge is split into two grids and two races; the Driver Grid made up of Formula E racers, and the Challenge Grid of sim racers.
In today’s Challenge Grid event, sim racer Jan von Der Heyde made it a double podium for the team. von Der Heyde advanced from fourth on the grid, taking the checkered flag in second.
Sim racing team-mate, Niek Jacobs qualified in 17th and finished the race in 12th.
The ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge raises funds for UNICEF’s global coronavirus appeal, helping keep children safe, healthy, and learning in the face of the pandemic.
Oliver Rowland: “A good race coming from sixth to get another podium. I made a small error in qualifying so I wasn’t in the ideal starting position, but I got through. A little disappointing not to beat Pascal Wehrlein as I was ahead of him, but I made a small mistake. Still, a good result and for a good cause in support of UNICEF.”
Sebastien Buemi: “I finished eighth, which is my best result so far in the sim racing, so I’m happy and pleased for the team also because Ollie got on the podium. I am improving step by step, which is good.”
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