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SAM BIRD ACHIEVES HISTORIC FORMULA E VICTORY IN NEW YORK

Jaguar Racing driver Sam Bird has made history winning the ABB New York City E-Prix for the third time, the only Formula E driver to have won three times at the same circuit. This impressive win has seen Bird retake the lead in the drivers’ world championship.


In a first for Jaguar Racing Formula E, the team locked-out the front row for the start of the race, with Bird in pole position and Mitch Evans second. Ahead of the race, Bird faced an anxious wait as his mechanics and engineers raced against time to rebuild his Jaguar I-TYPE 5 after he crashed it during free practice. Their efforts were rewarded when Bird secured 29 out of a possible 30 points when he also topped qualifying.


With Bird now back at the top of the Drivers’ Standings, and teammate Evans in eighth, Jaguar Racing are in a strong position sitting at third place in the Teams’ Standings. This puts the team just five points behind Envision Virgin Racing with four rounds of the championship remaining.


After his historic victory, Bird said, “What a day today! I’m so delighted and proud of my team right now. After yesterday, this is everything we needed and it feels so good. Thank you to everyone at Jaguar Racing and I can’t wait for London.”
James Barclay, Team Director Jaguar Racing, enthused, “Today we made our own little bit of history by locking out the front row with Sam and Mitch. The race itself was a great performance from Sam and the team completing a perfect lights-to-flag victory. We are going to use this momentum in London in just two weeks' time and cannot wait to be racing on home soil for the first time for Jaguar Racing in Formula E.”

Rounds 12 and 13 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship take place in the United Kingdom, where Jaguar will race for the first time in 17 years, and Bird will be focused on continuing the extraordinary success he achieved in New York.