Formula E: Lynn nips Dennis for London pole
Mahindra Racing’s Alex Lynn took his second Formula E Julius Baer Pole Position with a flier in London ahead of the Heineken® London E-Prix Round 12, pipping BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver Jake Dennis to the post to make it an all-British front-row on the series’ return to the UK capital after five years away.
Lynn was the penultimate driver to set his Super Pole time and pulled a real corker of a lap out of the bag – his final sector was mega, and enough to see him some 0.3 seconds up on Dennis’ then-benchmark to fire to Julius Bar Pole Position.
“It’s been a long time coming from New York 2017 to now!” said Lynn. “To get another one at my home race is special. This afternoon it’s going to be a tough race on a difficult track. We’re in the best place to start and let’s see if we can bring a trophy back home.”
As the fourth driver to in the six-car shootout, Dennis had gone three-tenths up on Sebastien Buemi’s prior best through Sector 1, channelling the British bulldog spirit eluded to on his special crash helmet this weekend. He pieced a similarly-sharp remainder of the lap together to edge the Swiss by 0.083 seconds.
Nissan e.dams’ Buemi left his team wide-eyed with a mighty final sector to seal third – a strong starting berth for the first E-Prix at ExCeL London.
Sergio Sette Camara’s always sharp over a lap and the Brazilian danced to provisional top as the second man to run. That would eventually become fourth for the DRAGON / PENSKE AUTOSPORT driver.
Porsche’s Andre Lotterer headed the way in Group Qualifying and looked a good bet for pole, but the experience German couldn’t quite piece it together, leaving him fifth and six-tenths shy of the ultimate pace.
Nato was first to run in Super Pole after squeaking the ROKiT Venturi Racing into the shootout. His 1m23.912s wasn’t a bad lap, and the Frenchman was on the ragged edge to eek out everything from his Mercedes-powered Venturi but it was ultimately only good enough for sixth spot.
Super Pole Results
|1||#94 Alex Lynn||Mahindra Racing||1:23.245|
|2||#27 Jake Dennis||BMW I Andretti Motorsport||+ 0.299|
|3||#23 Sébastien Buemi||Nissan E.Dams||+ 0.382|
|4||#7 Sérgio Sette Câmara||Dragon / Penske Autosport||+ 0.513|
|5||#36 André Lotterer||Tag Heuer Porsche Formula E Team||+ 0.618|
|6||#71 Norman Nato||Rokit Venturi Racing||+ 0.667|