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DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird secured third place during Saturday’s Formula E Marrakesh E-Prix, with team-mate Alex Lynn once again securing a points finish. This result puts Bird just four points off first place in the drivers’ championship with the team second overall in the teams’ standings.

Held at the Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan, race day saw both Bird and Lynn perform strongly in qualifying, finishing second and sixth respectively – despite very changeable weather conditions.

After maintaining their qualifying positions off the start line, Bird was challenging Sebastien Buemi for the lead in the opening laps, whilst Lynn was looking strong in sixth until he was hit from behind by Daniel Abt at Turn 1. The German driver was subsequently penalised, but Lynn – now right down the order in the 33 lap race – was able to produce a strong comeback drive to end the day ninth.

Meanwhile, Bird was unable to hold on to his P2 slot from a charging Felix Rosenqvist but came home to pick up the 11th podium finish of his Formula E career and remain a strong title contender heading into the next rounds in Chile.

Sam Bird commented: “Not everything went the way we wanted it to this weekend, but third place is still a strong result for me and the team, with yet more championship points. It’s a good platform for us to build on for the races ahead and we hope it continues.”

Alex Lynn said: “This weekend promised a lot but sadly we didn’t come away with all the points we deserved. We qualified well and were in the fight during the race but unfortunately it was ruined by another driver which put paid to what we should have scored.”

Team Principal Alex Tai commented: “Sam, Alex and the whole team performed fantastically today on a track that was always going to be tough on energy consumption. To have always finished in the points – together with a win and a podium – in the first three races, just shows what a great position we’re in heading into the next race in Santiago.”

DS Performance Director Xavier Mestelan Pinon added: “It was great to see Sam on the podium today and another strong result for the team. The achievements confirm the efficiency and performance of our car, and it is reward for all the hard work the team has done to prepare for this event.”

The all-electric FIA Formula E Championship is next in action on 3 February at the inaugural Santiago E-Prix.

2017/2018 ABB FIA Formula E Championship

Marrakesh E-Prix – Round 3:

Felix Rosenqvist, Mahindra Racing (25pts)
Sebastien Buemi, Renault e.dams (21pts, P)
Sam Bird, DS Virgin Racing (15pts)
Nelson Piquet Jr, Panasonic Jaguar Racing (13pts, FL)
Jean Eric Vergne, Techeetah (10pts)
Jose Maria Lopez, Dragon (8pts)
Nick Heidfeld, Mahindra Racing (6pts)
Tom Blomqvist, Andretti Formula E (4pts)
Alex Lynn, DS Virgin Racing (2pts)
Daniel Abt, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler (1pt)

Driver Standings:

Felix Rosenqvist, 54pts
Sam Bird, 50pts
Jean Eric Vergne, 43pts
Nelson Piquet Jr, 25pts
Eduardo Mortara, 24pts
Alex Lynn, 8pts

Team standings:

Mahindra Racing, 75pts
DS Virgin Racing, 58pts
Techeetah, 43pts
Panasonic Jaguar Racing, 40pts
Venturi Formula E, 30pts

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

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