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Legge takes I-Pace championship lead with Mexico victory

Katherine Legge moves into the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy championship lead with victory in Mexico as guest driver Salvador Duran came to blows in the battle for the final podium position.

Legge led from start to finish but was kept under pressure throughout the race by Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team-mate Bryan Sellers.

Sellers stayed on Legge’s tail and made multiple attempts to find a way past his team-mate, but had to settle for second best and leaves Mexico a point behind Legge.

Duran, in the VIP guest car, was on the move from the off, passing race one winner Simon Evans at the first corner, and was beginning to battle Sellers when a full course yellow was thrown for debris on the track.

On the restart, Caca Bueno brought the challenge to Evans. The pair ran side by side and collided, running into the barrier. Duran tried to reverse back onto the track, running into the path of pro-am driver Bandar Alesayi.

Evans was also caught up in the incident. Running behind Bueno and Evans, he had no where to go when the pair came together and had to come to a stop and wait for Bueno and Evans to untangle themselves.

Duran was forced to pit and retire from the race, and was later called to the stewards for his part in the race.

Everyone else in the incident was able to continue. Bueno dropped back to fourth, behind Sergio Jimenez, who came home third.

Alesayi and Evans fell back behind Ahmed Bin Khanen, who had damage to the rear of his Jaguar after contact early in the race. Alesayi pushed his Saudi Racing team-mate hard, but Bin Khanen defended well. A small mistake in the closing stages of the race allowed Alesayi and Evans through, with Alesayi taking the pro-am class victory.

Qi Lin, who made a brief visit to the pits, finished eighth and two laps behind the rest of the field.

Celia Martin, Stefan Rzadzinski and Yaqi Zhang all retired with damage suffered early in the race.

Photo courtesy Jaguar Racing

Bethonie Waring

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