Jerome d’Ambrosio received the Marrakesh E-Prix, the second spherical of the 2018-19 ABB Method E Championship, after the dominant BMWs of Antonio Felix da Costa and Alexander Sims collided and threw away victory.
Mahindra Racing driver D’Ambrosio prevailed within the shoot-out that adopted the late-race security automobile forward of Virgin Racing duo Robin Frijns and Sam Hen.
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The drama was began by Sims attacking his BMW Andretti teammate on the skin of the method to the Flip 7 left-hander on the finish of the observe’s principal straight.
Each locked up after which got here collectively on the sting of the nook, with da Costa going straight into the barrier, whereas Sims ran vast however carried on to run fourth within the security automobile queue.
The protection automobile took the pack round for 3 laps, with a lot of the subject taking their last assault mode allowance with simply 4 minutes of the race remaining.
Sims was the one driver within the prime 4 to enter the shoot-out with the upper energy out there and he attacked Hen as D’Ambrosio’s lead was erased by Frijns.
However the Dutch driver couldn't discover a manner by regardless of D’Ambrosio locking up on the last nook after which taking pictures to the road to win by simply zero.143s, with Hen foiling Sims’ assaults on the Flip four/5 chicane and Flip 7 to seal third.
At first, Hen had led away from pole and appeared to have first place sealed on the run into Flip 1, however his fellow front-row starter Jean-Eric Vergne squeezed himself down the within and the pair touched on the apex.
The contact despatched Vergne spinning and the pack needed to take pressing motion to keep away from him, which dropped Sebastien Buemi and Mitch Evans down from third and fourth to 13th and 14th.
There was additionally contact between Nelson Piquet, Pascal Wehrlein and Lucas di Grassi, whereas the HWA teammates Stoffel Vandoorne and Gary Paffett additionally collided – with each retiring a short time later due the injury they sustained.
Hen led the 2 BMW drivers – Sims making the most of the Flip 1 chaos to maneuver as much as second – through the early stage, earlier than the duo swapped locations and da Costa took up the pursuit of Hen on lap 11 of what would grow to be a 31-lap race.
A number one pack of six fashioned, with Frijns, D’Ambrosio and di Grassi becoming a member of the three leaders, to edge away on the entrance.
Da Costa stalked Hen earlier than taking pictures to the within of the Flip four/5 chicane – taking the lead after the British driver lower the nook and misplaced out on the exit, with Sims additionally getting previous his compatriot on the run to Flip 7.
From there, the 2 BMWs edged clear and Hen fell again and was handed by Frijns, after which D’Ambrosio and di Grassi.
The BMW pair regarded to have taken a profitable benefit earlier than D’Ambrosio, who had deposed Frijns, led the remainder of the highest six again as much as the leaders shortly earlier than their dramatic collision.
Vergne set scintillating tempo for DS Techeetah to recuperate from the again of the pack after his spin to complete fifth.
On the finish of lap one he was 14 seconds behind then-leader Hen, a spot he closed to 4 seconds by the point of the security automobile’s look on lap 27.
Andre Lotterer additionally carved his manner up the order from 21st on the grid to complete behind teammate Vergne in P6, with the pair of them shifting previous di Grassi earlier than the race was suspended.
Buemi and Evans recovered to eighth and ninth, with Daniel Abt taking 10th within the second Audi.
Piquet ended up 14th after beginning ninth, with Felipe Massa citing the rear of the sphere in 18th.
Wehrlein was the ultimate non-finisher as he retired from his FE debut on account of the injury he sustained at Flip 1.