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Bueno converts pole to victory in Monaco

Caca Bueno led a Jaguar Brazil Racing 1-2 in Monaco as he converted pole position to his second win in the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy.

Bueno spent most of the race with team-mate Sergio Jimenez on his tail, but Jimenez was never able to make a move on the pole sitter. He finished second, 0.329s behind Bueno, closing the gap to Bryan Sellers in the championship standings to a single point.

The race was delayed by an early red flag, brought out when Katherine Legge found herself in the wall. The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver was hit from behind by Stefan Rzadzinski on the opening lap and sent her into the wall. Though she tried to get going again, her Jaguar would not move.

Rzadzinski also made contact with Sellers on the opening lap, damaging the front of his Jaguar. When racing resumed, the TWR Techeetah driver was forced to spend two extra laps in the pits as the team worked on his car. He was able to return to the track, and finished inside the top 10, but was the last of the finishers.

Sellers took third, 1.1s behind Bueno, ahead of Simon Evans, who was behind Pro-am driver Yaqi Zhang on the restart.

Zhang, who had started 10th, made an incredible start to weave between the incidents on the opening lap and take fourth. He soon allowed Evans passed on the restart, but continued to put up a strong defence against Pro-am class leader Bandar Alesayi. The Jaguar China Racing held on to the position to take his second class win of the season, and his fifth consecutive class podium.

Guest driver Anthony Beltoise took seventh, ahead of Celia Martin, Ziyi Zhang, and Rzadzinski.

 

Bethonie Waring

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