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Formula E: Accelerate Race 1

Monaco's only racing team dominates Round 1 of Formula E: Accelerate


SOURCE: Rokit Venturi

30 days ahead of the start of Season 7, ROKiT Venturi Racing's Erhan Jajovski put in a convincing performance to take pole position and the top step on the podium in the opening round of Formula E: Accelerate.

A highly competitive grid of 24 sim-racing stars created the ultimate high-stakes scenario, and with the inclusion of energy management and Attack Mode for the very first time, the battle on the virtual streets of New York City was intense.

Qualifying was a one-shot affair and while Lorenz Hoerzing secured P18 on the grid, Erhan Jajovski took pole position, pipping the competition to the top spot by 0.009s.

From the front row, Erhan secured the perfect start and led into Turn 1, defending from Audi's Manuel Biancolilla to convert his pole position into the lead by the end of the opening lap.

After picking up damage following an accident, Lorenz showcased an incredible comeback, remaining in the midfield fight to take P16 when the chequered flag waved.

At the front, Erhan fended off a mid-race assault from Race at Home Challenge champion Kevin Siggy and opened up a comfortable lead, building a four-second buffer between himself and P2.

This gap was enough to ensure victory, and after 25-minutes of hard-fought racing, Erhan took the chequered flag in P1 to become the inaugural winner of Formula E: Accelerate.

IN THEIR WORDS

Erhan Jajovski
That was the most intense qualifying and race session I've ever had. After the online qualifiers, we knew that the gaps across the field would be small, but to secure pole position in the first race is a fantastic feeling. My race was all about the start and I knew that if I was able to defend up to Turn 4, I would be in a good position. That's exactly what happened. I was able to open up a small gap but all of the fighting behind played into my advantage. Lorenz was looking strong and it's a shame he got into some trouble on the first lap. I'm grateful for the team's support and I hope we can maintain this form into Round 2.'

Lorenz Hoerzing
It wasn't the best start for me, I made a mistake in qualifying which meant that I started very low down in the field. There were a lot of cars around me on the first lap and I was caught up in an accident which damaged my car. This impacted my pace quite a lot and my steering was damaged but overall, I think I made the best out of a bad situation. I'm feeling positive, the only way is up and I'm really looking forward to racing in Hong Kong next week.

First Published: 2021-01-29

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