Sam Bird became only the second driver to take both wins on a double header weekend, as he won Sunday’s New York ePrix in commanding style.
Race one winner Bird started from pole position but lost out into the first corner to Felix Rosenqvist. Jean-Eric Vergne, who started from third, was hit from behind and sustained damage, the wheel pod flailing from the back of the car. Pierre Gasly had lost a place to Heidfeld at the start, dropping to fifth, but gained it back when Vergne was told to pit for his damage.
After disappointment in opening race, Daniel Abt slowed half way around the first lap, stopping eventually in the middle of the road, before resetting the car. Now at the back of the field, it left him out of contention for the rest of the afternoon.
Further down the order, Lucas Di Grassi was making his way though the field, up to seventh by Lap 7 after starting in ninth. He gained another place as Maro Engel hit the wall, which took him out of contention.
Yellows also came out for Mitch Evan’s Jaguar who ran wide and stopped by the pit entry. It brought out a full course yellow, everyone slowing to the pit lane speed limit. It was over quickly with Rosenqvist, Bird and Heidfeld in close quarters, dropping Gasly in the process.
While the yellow flags were out, it was announced Di Grassi, Abt and third placed Heidfeld won the power boost for the second car.
Attacking the Mahindra, Bird went down the inside at Turn 6, getting ahead of Rosenqvist, with Heidfeld nearly following though as well. The German remained in third, but Gasly was closing in on the back of that group.
The second half of the top 10 were stuck behind Oliver Turvey, a battle involving Tom Dillmann and Di Grassi at the front of the group. The Frenchman got ahead of the struggling NextEV car, and it wasn’t long before di Grassi also made a move on Turvey.
Alex Lynn brought out another full course yellow on Lap 20, which saw drivers take to the pit lane. The two Mahindra drivers pitted under the yellow, along with Gasly who had much more usable energy than those around him. Bird stopped the next lap around, the caution remaining until he returned to the circuit.
The order at the front of the field remained the same, but Sarrazin and Vergne pitted as the track went back to green in the Techeetah falling to the back of the field. After the pit stop sequence, Di Grassi remained seven seconds behind Gasly, split by Robin Frijns who had yet to pit in the MS Andretti. Gasly however had once again fallen off the pace from the leading battle, although the gap having increased to 10 seconds to Di Grassi and Prost.
A bold move by Antonio Felix de Costa down the inside Duval saw the Portuguese drive spin at Turn 1 and lost out to de Duval’s team-mate D’Ambrosio in the process. Meanwhile, there was a change for second, Heidfeld getting ahead of Rosenqvist in the first corner on Lap 36. The Swede fell behind the German quickly, Gasly only three seconds behind.
D’Ambrosio went down the inside of Duval into Turn 1, leading da Costa to get on the back of the pair of Dragon drivers. A late move by the Andretti Autosport driver a knocked Duval off the circuit, and was given a drive through penalty in the process.
Despite picking up oversteer in the latter stages of the race, Sam Bird hung on to claim his second race win of the weekend, from Rosenqvist and Heidfeld. A late attempt of a podium by Gasly ended in the wall of the final corner, although made it across the line in fourth. Di Grassi came home fifth, now 10 points behind Sebastien Buemi in the championship with two rounds remaining.