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Cassidy stages remarkable comeback to clinch victory at Berlin E-Prix to secure lead in championship

Nick Cassidy of Jaguar TCS Racing staged a stunning comeback at the 2024 SUN Minimeal Berlin E-Prix in Round 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, rising from 21st place midway through the race to secure victory. Despite starting from ninth on the grid and facing intense competition, Cassidy navigated two Safety Car periods with strategic prowess, ultimately overtaking fellow podium placers Oliver Rowland and Jean-Éric Vergne on Lap 43 to claim the lead.

Initially starting from ninth on the grid, Cassidy found himself caught in the pack and slipped back to 21st by Lap 21 in what proved to be a fiercely competitive race. The New Zealand driver launched a late-race charge, deftly navigating through two spells under Safety Car conditions while maintaining sufficient energy levels.

The defining moment came on Lap 43 when Cassidy executed a decisive manoeuvre, overtaking Oliver Rowland and subsequently Jean-Éric Vergne to seize the lead.

With a surplus of usable energy accumulated from his strategic positioning within the pack, Cassidy surged ahead to secure a two-second advantage and ultimately clinch victory, propelling himself to the top of the Drivers’ FIA World Championship standings.

Despite fierce competition, Vergne of DS PENSKE and Rowland of Nissan Formula E secured second and third place respectively. Cassidy’s teammate Mitch Evans claimed fourth position, followed by hometown hero Pascal Wehrlein and teammate Antonio Felix da Costa of the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team.

Notably, Taylor Barnard made an impressive debut in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, securing a historic 10th-place finish and establishing himself as the youngest-ever points-scorer in the series.

Cassidy’s triumph not only solidified his lead in the championship but also propelled Jaguar TCS Racing to the forefront in the Teams’ standings, setting the stage for an exhilarating Round 10 at Tempelhof on Sunday, May 12th.

Nick Cassidy, No. 37, Jaguar TCS Racing, said:

“Today I got very lucky, but you need that sometimes in Formula E. We’ll take it. It was an interesting one: I started P9, didn’t have a great start, wasn’t that fast, but I think we played it smart and stayed out of trouble. We’ve still got a lot of work to do – we need to be quicker. Let’s see how tomorrow goes. Things can change very quickly.”

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