Motor racing: Sims a first-time winner in Saudi Arabia for BMW Andretti


(Information) – BMW Andretti driver Alexander Sims took the primary Method E victory of his profession on Saturday within the second of two races in Saudi Arabia.

The victory additionally made it a British double in Diriyah, with Envision Virgin Racing’s Sam Chook successful Friday’s season-opener. [nL8N2823QB]

Chook was unable to hold the momentum via, crashing out with 27 minutes remaining after a tangle with Jaguar’s Mitch Evans, and slipped to 3rd within the total standings behind Mercedes driver Stoffel Vandoorne.

Sims has 35 factors to Belgian Vandoorne’s 30, with Chook on 26.

Brazilian Lucas di Grassi inherited second place for the Audi Sport ABT staff after Sims’ German staff mate Max Guenther was handed a 24 second post-race penalty for overtaking throughout a security automobile interval.

He dropped from third to 11th and Vandoorne moved as much as the rostrum for the second time in two days for sequence debutants Mercedes, making it a German producer one-two-three.

Guenther’s penalty meant Techeetah’s reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne scored his first factors of season six, transferring as much as eighth within the race.

The Frenchman had dropped to the again of the beginning grid with a 20-place penalty for a battery change. He had retired from Friday’s race.

“That was just about a dream race,” stated Sims, who began the race from pole place — his third in a row.

“We appeared to execute all the pieces rather well, made the appropriate selections on the proper occasions. It simply all went easily right now.

“Crossing that line was an incredible feeling. All of final season and yesterday, I really feel there’s so many classes that we’ve discovered.

“They’ve caught with me via the powerful occasions final 12 months and now to ship a win is fairly cool,” added the bespectacled 31-year-old.

Chook was squeezed into the wall by New Zealander Evans, with a nudge from Mahindra’s Pascal Wehrlein, whereas operating in fifth place. Evans collected a drive-through penalty for inflicting a collision.

The protection automobile was additionally deployed when Virgin Racing’s Robin Frijns hit the wall, with the race restarting whereas marshals had been nonetheless eradicating the automobile and resulting in full course yellow flags being waved.

Porsche’s Andre Lotterer, second on Friday, was demoted from sixth to 14th post-race for overtaking through the second security automobile interval.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, modifying by Ed Osmond and Ken Ferris