Sam Bird soars to victory at second ePrix

Virgin Racing driver Sam Bird soared to his first win at the Putrajaya ePrix on Saturday. He was jumping for joy on the podium of the second round of Formula […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Virgin Racing driver Sam Bird soared to his first win at the Putrajaya ePrix on Saturday.

He was jumping for joy on the podium of the second round of Formula E in Malaysia, ahead of championship-leader Lucas di Grassi and Sebastien Buemi.

Bird clocked in a time of 51:11.979, bagging him 25 points which bumps him up to second place in the championship standings. That’s just three points behind Beijing race-winner di Grassi.

Bird said: “The weekend went really well, we were quick from the first outing and we were quickest in practice. Qualifying didn’t quite go our way as I think we were not in the best group for doing a fast lap time but we put that right in the race.

“The first stint I was able to get a very good gap which meant we could take it easy and not make any silly mistakes, do some lift and coasting, and coast to the finish.”

Dedicating his win to former GP2 team-mate Jules Bianchi, who was severely injured in the Japanese Grand Prix, Bird added: “It’s very sad what’s happened to him and this one is for Jules.”