After a steady start under the Qualcomm Safety Car, Round Two of the HKT Hong Kong E-Prix ended in drama as Venturi Formula E driver Edoardo Mortara handed victory to Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler's Daniel Abt on his 25th birthday.
After working hard in Qualifying to start the race on pole, Turn One proved to be a challenge for Mahindra Racing's Felix Rosenqvist who spun on the corner, putting him back to 11th place while handing Venturi Formula E's rookie driver Edoardo Mortara an easy lead.
Shortly after, more trouble for Mahindra as Rosenqvist's teammate as Nick Heidfeld stopped on track due to a technical failure, dropping him to the back of the grid.
NIO Formula E Team driver Luca Filippi took an early pitstop, rejoining at the back of the grid and eventually climbing to finish in 14th.
Back at the front, Mortara defended his position, managing his energy well, to lead the race for 23 laps before pitting and switching to his second car, rejoining the race without losing his position.
With the standings looking set, all was about to change as Mortara headed into Turn One, just moments from the end of the race.
Pushing hard to secure the Visa Fastest Lap, Mortara locked up and spun. Facing the other direction, he watched as Daniel Abt took the lead.
With only two laps to complete, the birthday boy sailed to victory, followed by poleman Felix Rosenqvist and Mortara in third.
An emotional Mortara simply said, "I wanted too much," after he pushed too hard in a bid to clinch the Visa Fastest Lap.
Final race results and report from an eventful final round in Hong Kong will follow shortly. Watch this space.
Published on 3rd December 2017