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Dennis claims victory in first race of the London E-Prix weekend

Alice Reeves Turner

BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver Jake Dennis has thanked a lucky souvenir after he brought home the Round 12 win in the first race of the London E-Prix weekend.

Formula E returned to London for the first international motorsport event to take place in the capital since 2016 at a unique indoor/outdoor circuit – a world first.

The British driver dominated throughout the race, capitalising on the mistakes of his rivals, including Alex Lynn, leading him to secure his second Formula E victory in his maiden season, crossing the line over five seconds clear of his opponents.

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Jake Dennis

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Dennis said: “I made a special helmet for this weekend, a British helmet and I’m just over the moon.

It was a brilliant job by the whole team. We took a risk with the strategy, we could have played it safe, but we felt like we had better pace than Mahindra and it paid off.

“After such a strong qualifying, to now get the win is just sensational.

“Because it wasn’t such an energy-limited race, I could do five laps fully pushing and this allowed me to create the gap to Lynn.

“After I saw him make a mistake at turn 10, I thought, ‘Here we go for the win.’

“I just needed three qualifying type laps and managed to do it and get that two second gap and take the win.

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The victory places the rookie third in the drivers’ standings heading into tomorrow’s race – the second of the double-header – just two points behind fellow Brit Sam Bird.

The 26-year-old was followed in by Mercedes-EQ’s Nyck De Vries and countryman Mahindra Racing’s Lynn.

The race was the first major event at ExCeL London since the venue served London as an NHS Nightingale hospital and Covid-19 vaccination centre.

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