Neel Jani and André Lotterer celebrate top 10 finishes in New York
The TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team added more points to its tally in the maiden race on the virtual Formula E circuit in New York. Neel Jani was involved in the battle for a spot on the podium for long periods during the sixth race of the ABB Formula E “Race at Home Challenge” before crossing the finishing line in fifth.
His team-mate André Lotterer claimed tenth place in the second virtual Porsche 99X Electric. In the “Challenge Grid” race for sim racers and influencers, which takes place separately, Joshua Rogers secured third place, celebrating a podium finish in his third appearance of the season for Porsche.
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The main race
After a strong performance in qualifying, Jani started the race from third place and moved up one position on the first turn. The Swiss driver lost two places on the 11th lap and, after he spun in the final lap, he had to let another competitor pass. However, he slipped back again as the race progressed, finishing in tenth place. The grand finale of the “Race at Home Challenge”, featuring two competitive races, is scheduled to take place next weekend. Double points will be up for grabs in both of these final races. On Saturday, the race will be held on the virtual track in New York while the Grand Final will take place in Berlin-Tempelhof on Sunday. Neel Jani (Porsche 99X Electric, #18) – 5th place André Lotterer (Porsche 99X Electric, #36) – 10th place
The “Challenge Grid” race
Joshua Rogers continues to be a reliable source of top results for Porsche among the sim racers. Having already chalked up one win and a second place, the Australian driver rounded off his third appearance of the season with third place. Dutch driver Arjan Veltens marked his second appearance in the Porsche 99X Electric by finishing eighth. Joshua Rogers (Porsche 99X Electric, #18) – 3rd place Arjan Veltens (Porsche 99X Electric, #36) – 8th place
Quotes on the race:
Marco Ujhasi (Manager Esports at Porsche Motorsport): “We saw some thrilling battles at the sixth round of the ‘Race at Home Challenge’ today. Neel and André were both in the points again on the new virtual circuit in New York. Neel was doing pretty well after recording the third-fastest lap time in qualifying, but was not quite able to convert this into the same race result, finishing fifth. Qualifying did not go quite so well for André, but he finished tenth to score another point. Josh put on a great chasing performance in the ‘Challenge Grid’ race and moved up six places. He was rewarded for this with a spot on the podium. It is great that Formula E managed to secure another new race location for the virtual Formula E series with this circuit in New York. We are looking forward to next weekend with New York and Berlin as the venues for the Grand Finale.”
About the “Race at Home Challenge”
Until the grand finale on 7th June, virtual races will be held on a weekly basis, as a replacement for the standard races in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship 2019/2020, which have been postponed due to the current crisis. The series sees all drivers in the regular championship do battle for virtual points in racing simulators. With the “Race at Home Challenge”, the ABB FIA Formula E Championship is supporting the child welfare organisation UNICEF, which will be receiving donations raised during the race events.
May 31, 2020 at 01:13