Mitch Evans has gone back-to-back in Formula E, taking a superb win in a chaotic Berlin E-Prix this morning.
The Kiwi’s Jaguar TCS Racing teammate Sam Bird made for a good event for the team, coming home second.
Nick Cassidy recovered from a mid-race puncture to charge forward for fifth, one spot behind Envision teammate Sebastien Buemi.
For Evans, it was a charging, resilient drive from ninth on the grid following a tough qualifying session that had seen him narrowly miss out on qualifying for the duels.
With just four laps to run, he took the lead off Buemi with a Turn 1 pass, with Bird following through on the final lap to take second. Maximilian Gunther finished third, losing a wing as he made contact with Buemi on the last turn but taking the position on the line.
Cassidy’s fifth was just as remarkable, seemingly removed from contention for a good result with said puncture. He was able stop under the second of two Safety Cars, making the change and returning to the track before charging forward for a strong result.
That Safety Car was caused when Stoffell Vandoorne and Dan Tickum collided at Turn 3, both cars left stranded and requiring retrieval.
A Lap 31 incident between Jake Dennis and Antonio Felix da Costa had enormous ramifications for the championship battle, caused when Dennis tried to make a move at Turn 5 and made contact with his rival.
Both cars were forced to retire, but it also allowed the front four to pull a gap over the field, with Buemi heading Bird, Evans and Gunther.
Bird made repeated attempts at a pass for the lead but ultimately would be passed by Evans, who then was also able to make the move stick on the leader to take a critical race win.
Championship leader Pascal Wehrlein could only manage sixth but retains the lead heading into tonight’s second Berlin E-Prix.
Cassidy now sits second on the table, with Evans shooting up the order to now be fourth.
Race 2 in Berlin begins with qualifying at 8.30 pm, with the race following at 12.30 am. Both will be shown live on Sky Sport.