New York E-Prix - 14 July
- Panasonic Jaguar Racing record best ever qualification for the team in ABB FIA Formula E
- Mitch Evans continues impressive qualifying form starting the race from the front row
- The 2017/18 season draws to a close with race 1 of 2 of the final weekend of the season
New York E-Prix in photos
New York E-prix race report
The double header weekend in New York City started off quite early on Saturday so that we could make it to the pit lane walk. We had the opportunity to meet Nelson and wish him luck on the weekend which was so much fun. After walking the venue and looking at the booths, we settled into our seats to watch the practice rounds. As a first-time attendee, I was not quite sure what to expect and I was more than impressed. After several practice rounds and visiting the Panasonic Jaguar Racing booth to see a replica car up close and personal, the qualifiers were ready to start.
Mitch and Nelson were in the same qualifier round. Mitch advanced to the Superpole, but unfortunately Piquet was left out when he recorded the 6th fastest time in the qualifiers. The Superpole proved to be really exciting as Mitch recorded the 2nd best time putting him in P2 on the grid. After the super pole, we chose to escape the heat and humidity while we met with several other colleagues, ate lunch, and admired the NYC skyline from the venue.
We proceeded to our grandstands just before the race was to start. The stands were full and ready to watch the action. We were seated in the perfect location to see some critical hairpin turns where many driver’s chose to make swift passes to gain a better position. We were joined by several other colleagues as well as the 2 GKN competition winners who had the opportunity to attend the race with the team.
Mitch and Nelson were on the grid in their respective positions, P2 and P6. The lights were counting down, and the cars were off. To our confusion Mitch was not to be found after the start. Unfortunately, a technical issue took Mitch out before the first lap, but Nelson was gaining ground. Piquet rose up to 3rd as the laps continued and the drivers began pulling in to the pit for their car change. As Nelson exited the pit lane, his car came to a screeching halt and he lost his position in the race. Although he continued to test out the track, he eventually retired leading to a disappointing day for Panasonic Jaguar Racing. As the crowds diminished, we left the venue holding high hopes for Sunday’s race.
About the circuit
The Brooklyn circuit is a very technical track, which has been compared to the Circuit Des Invalides in Paris as one of the more difficult tracks in the Season’s roster.
The first turn is a sharp hairpin bend, with the cars still packed tightly from the starting grid. This will likely force a very intense start as the limited space pushes the racers into close contact. The drivers will continue to jockey for position going into the next two turns which form a tight chicane. All the straights on the Brooklyn circuit are relatively short, so there is not much opportunity to really build speed to accelerate away from the competition.
Finding the right line in each corner will be crucial. Turns 5 to 9 are packed close together, and the only real opportunity to reach top speed will be coming out of turn 9, round the long slow bend of turn 10 into the finish straight. The drivers will be under a lot of pressure to perform here in the Season 4 finale in New York, and this technical track will undoubtedly add to the challenge. Be sure to tune in for this unmissable race.
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