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Lynn leads British 1-2 as championship leader Bird qualifies P18

Alex Lynn takes pole position for the first ever World Championship race in London.

The Mahindra driver led a British 1-2 in qualifying for the London E-Prix ahead of BMW’s Jake Dennis.

Andre Lotterer was quickest in the group stages, but didn’t quite have the pace in Super Pole and will line up P5.

Rain earlier in the day meant the 75% of the track that is outdoors was still damp as qualifying began. The improvement in track conditions was even more significant than at other tracks as the surface dried over time, and nobody from groups one and two made it through to Super Pole.

Edoardo Mortara was quickest from group one, with championship leader Sam Bird P3 after losing three tenths of a second in the final sector. But by the time the rest of the field had set their flying laps, Mortara and Bird had been bumped down to  16th and 18th respectively.

Lucas Di Grassi led the way in group two, in which five of the six drivers were quicker than Mortara. Di Grassi’s best lap, a 1m24.564s, would keep him at the sharp end of the field, and it wasn’t until the final group had completed their laps that he was knocked out of Super Pole.

Maximilian Guenther was the first driver to run into trouble during qualifying as a small mistake sent the BMW driver into the wall on his flying lap. The session was red flagged and, as nobody had set their flying laps yet, the rest of the group was able to reset and go out again.

Lotterer jumped to the top of the times with a 1m23.900s, ahead of Lynn and Dennis.

From the final qualifying group, Sebastien Buemi, Sergio Sette Camara and Norman Nato were able to make it through to Super Pole, but none could match Lotterer’s time.

Each successive driver in Super Pole lowered the benchmark, until it came time for Lotterer. The final man out on track, he theoretically had the best track conditions, but lost time to Lynn in every sector and placed fifth overall.

Buemi, who had a poor first sector but improved later in the lap, will line up third on the grid ahead of Sette Camara, Lotterer, and Nato.

Di Grassi was seventh quickest, missing out on a spot in Super Pole by just 0.235s.

Alexander Sims took eighth ahead of Nyck de Vries and Joel Eriksson.

Bethonie Waring

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