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Evans goes from ninth to first in Rome Formula E race

Evans goes from ninth to first in Rome Formula E race

FILE PHOTO: Formula E - FIA Formula E Paris ePrix - Paris, France - April 26, 2019. Panasonic Jaguar Racing Formula E Team's Mitch Evans in action near the Eiffel tower during Shakedown. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

ROME : Jaguar driver Mitch Evans won the first of two Formula E races on the streets of Rome from ninth position on the starting grid on Saturday.

The New Zealander's victory was his team's first podium finish of the season, and his second career win in Rome's EUR district.

Evans had scored only one point from the three previous races this campaign and his last win was in Mexico in February 2020.

Envision Racing's Robin Frijns and Mercedes driver Stoffel Vandoorne, on pole position, finished second and third respectively.

Venturi's Edoardo Mortara retained the lead of the all-electric championship, three points ahead of Vandoorne, with Mercedes top of the teams' standings and 10 points clear of Venturi.

"We've had a tough start to the season to be honest, there has been a lot of work gone in behind the scenes, and the car was absolutely perfect," said Evans.

"Hopefully, this sets the scene for the rest of the Championship."

A second race in Rome, round five of the season, is scheduled for Sunday.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by Ed Osmond)

Source: Reuters

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