Stoffel Vandoorne has swept the competition in the sixth round Formula E’s Race at Home Challenge, staged around the virtual streets of New York City.
Meanwhile, it was yet another strong performance by Jaguar’s Mitch Evans.
The kiwi has rapidly come to form over the course of the virtual series, coming home in a commendable sixth position.
Vandoorne was unrivalled all race. For the fourth time in six races, the Mercedes EQ pilot secured pole position while championship leader Pascal Wehrelin was forced to start in seventh having taken a five-place grid penalty.
Vandoorne maintained the lead on the run into Turn 1, while second-placed starter Maximilian Guenther was pitched into a spin having tangled with a fast-starting Neel Jani.
The incident allowed the Belgian to opened up a firm gap at the front of the field, going on to dominate the event and clinch a maiden victory ahead of next weekend’s doubleheader finale.
The battle for second provided much of the race’s entertainment, with Jani, Wehrelin and Oliver Rowland trading positions on several occasions.
Berlin race winner Rowland ultimately skated past Jani with four laps in hand, which in turn allowed Wehrelin to capitalize on the situation and steal away both positions and snare an important second place.
Having lost fourth, Jani fell into the clutches of real-world points leader Antonio Felix da Costa, losing the position and relinquishing 12 points to the DS Techeetah racer while the Swiss driver completed the top five.
Evans headed a 6-7 result for Panasonic Jaguar Racing as teammate James Calado gave the British outfit a strong haul of 14 points.
Sebastien Buemi, Oliver Turvey and Andre Lotterer would ultiantely round out the top 10.