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Jean-Éric Vergne secured his first points for DS Virgin Racing as he claimed a valuable six points at the FIA Formula E Punta del Este ePrix.

Starting at the back of the grid after a hard qualifying session, which saw him blocked in sector three, the Frenchman made up ground on those ahead of him and headed into the halfway stage of the race having made up five places. After successfully winning the Fanboost vote, the 25-year old was able to use the extra 100KJ of power gained, following the changeover, to overtake Stephane Sarrazin on lap 26 and set his sights on Nelson Piquet Jr.

A scintillating battle developed over the final half a dozen laps as Vergne went wheel-to-wheel with the Brazilian, before forcing a mistake to overtake on the penultimate lap. With Daniel Abt now in his sights, Vergne and his DSV-01 made up another position on the final lap to secure his first points finish with DS Virgin Racing.

Earlier in the race, having started from third on the grid, Sam Bird was looking like he would again be a contender for a strong points finish, quickly overtaking Loic Duval going into the first corner. A battery issue however after the changeover on Lap 19 saw his race cut short.

Like Vergne, the Briton also won Fanboost – the second time in three races this season and the first time in Formula E that both DS Virgin Racing drivers have been rewarded with the extra fan power.

Speaking about his race, Vergne said: “I’m really pleased with my race and don’t think it could have gone much better after starting at the back of the grid. I drove hard and had a lot of fun with what was in front of me. It was a great effort from the team. I’d also like to say a special thank you to all the fans that helped me win Fanboost, which made a real difference during the race.”

Bird was also positive about his performance: “In the first half of the race, things felt really good and it was going really well. We showed a good turn of pace and I think there’s lots of positive signs to suggest that we can be challenging again in Buenos Aires. Like in Malaysia, I must give a lot of credit to the team, who put in a huge amount of work to repair the car between free practice one and the race after I hit the wall.”

DS Virgin Racing Team Principal, Alex Tai, added: “JEV drove a great race out there and we’re delighted that he’s got his first points for the team. We’ve shown good pace again this weekend and proved that we can be competing for big points. I must also thank the fans for their fantastic support that we’ve received here in Punta and say thank you to everyone that voted for our drivers in Fanboost.”

The team now head straight into a day of testing in Punta, before moving on to Buenos Aires for Round Four of the FIA Formula E Championship on 6 February 2016.

FIA Formula E Championship 2015-16 – Driver Standings

Pos No. Driver Team Points
1 9 Sébastien BUEMI Renault e.Dams 62
2 11 Lucas DI GRASSI ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport 61
3 7 Jérôme D’AMBROSIO Dragon Racing 28
4 2 SAM BIRD DS VIRGIN RACING FORMULA E TEAM 24
5 6 Loïc DUVAL Dragon Racing 24
6 23 Nick HEIDFELD Mahindra Racing Formula E Team 17
7 27 Robin FRIJNS Andretti Formula E Race Team 17
8 4 Stéphane SARRAZIN Venturi Formula E Team 16
9 55 Antonio FELIX DA COSTA Team Aguri 16
10 8 Nicolas PROST Renault e.Dams 11
11 21 Bruno SENNA Mahindra Racing Formula E Team 10
12 66 Daniel ABT ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport 10
13 88 Oliver TURVEY NEXTEV TCR Formula E Team 8
14 25 JEAN-ERIC VERGNE DS VIRGIN RACING FORMULA E TEAM 6
15 77 Nathanaël BERTHON Team Aguri 4
16 1 Nelson PIQUET JR NEXTEV TCR Formula E Team 4
17 28 Simona DE SILVESTRO Andretti Formula E Race Team 0
18 12 Jacques VILLENEUVE Venturi Formula E Team 0
19 23 Oliver ROWLAND Mahindra Racing Formula E Team 0

FIA Formula E Championship 2015-16 – Team Standings

Pos Team Points
1 Renault e.Dams 73
2 ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport 71
3 Dragon Racing 52
4 DS VIRGIN RACING FORMULA E TEAM 30
5 Mahindra Racing Formula E Team 27
6 Team Aguri 20
7 Andretti Formula E Race Team 17
8 Venturi Formula E Team 16
9 NEXTEV TCR Formula E Team 12

For more information on the DS Virgin Racing Formula E Team, please visit the website:http://www.ds-virginracing.com

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