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Evans on top in NYC FP2

Mitch Evans leads the way in the final free practice session ahead of qualifying for the New York ePrix.

With running limited in FP1, most drivers were keen to get as much running as possible early in the session, leading to a busy track at the start of FP2.

Sam Bird was top of the order early in the session, but dropped back to third by the half way point as Sebastien Buemi and Oliver Turvey found improvements.

The order wouldn’t stay that way for long, with Jerome d’Ambrosio setting a time 0.148s faster than Buemi. Bird came close to knocking the Dragon driver off the top spot, his best time less than a tenth slower than d’Ambrosio, but it was Evans who would take the top spot from the Belgian driver.

Evan’s best lap, which came late in the session. The 1m13.207s put him 0.387s ahead of D’Ambrosio and more than a second ahead of team-mate Nelson Piquet, who finished 13th.

A number of drivers made contact with walls as they explored track limits in New York. Stephane Sarrazin was the first to bring out the yellow flags when he span heavily into the wall at the loop in the first five minutes. He damaged the rear of his Andretti, but was able to limp back to the pits.

Lucas Di Grassi also made contact with the wall, this time at turn 2. The incident limited the Audi driver’s running, but he was able to get back out to put in the 10th best time with a 180kW lap.

Oliver Turvey was on a flying lap when he ran off at the final corner, smacking the rear of his car and ending his lap, before Sam Bird span in the closing minutes of the session.

Bird ended the session third quickest, ahead of Jose Maria Lopez and Buemi. Nico Prost dropped back to sixth after running second midway through the session, ahead of Antonio Felix Da Costa, Turvey, and Daniel Abt.

4José MariaLOPEZ160.466
7Antonio FelixDA COSTA160.583
10LucasDI GRASSI130.799

Bethonie Waring

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