Nick Cassidy claimed his second Formula E championship podium in the final leg of the New York doubleheader, while Mitch Evans was left to rue a day of ‘what ifs’.
Cassidy and Evans were locked in an enthralling battle for second and third for almost the entire race.
Evans had qualified second, one spot ahead of his fellow Kiwi and alongside Jaguar teammate Sam Bird on the front row.
A sluggish start by Evans allowed Bird to escape off the line, with Cassidy slotting in behind.
The pair then traded positions as each would activate attack mode at different times.
However, it ultimately seemed that Evans was on course for a second-place finish and his first podium since Monaco.
Then, with two minutes remaining, Evans ran wide and clattered the wall at turn three, damaging his car.
He consequently sunk outside the points and limped home a lowly 13th.
“I was struggling with the rears throughout most of the race. A lot earlier than I was expecting,” Evans said.
“And yeah, I just got caught off guard with dirt on the outside of the turn three, and it just dragged me into the wall.
“I got to wear this on my shoulders, and I want to say a huge sorry to the team because it would have been a 1-2.”
Cassidy inherited second following Evans’ mistake, and he matched his career-best result.
The Envision Virgin rookie also vaults up to fifth in the championship standings after two top-four results this weekend.
It is a bleaker picture for Mitch Evans, who falls to eighth in the standings after no troubling the scoresheet all weekend.
The next round of the championship will be in London on July 24-25.