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Sam Bird has fought off a late charge from Formula E championship leader Sebastien Buemi to claim his first win of the season in a flawless lights-to-flag drive.

The British driver held his nerve to fend off three different challengers over the course of the 35 laps of the Buenos Aires ePrix to take an emotional victory.

Buemi lost out on a back of the gird to the top step of the podium display by just 0.716s at the chequered flag despite heavily pressuring the British driver but leaves Argentina with a four-point championship lead over Lucas di Grassi who completed the podium in third.

In an action-packed race Bird was rarely given time to breath at the front after fending off Buemi's Renault e.Dams team-mate Nicolas Prost for the holeshot and as the race developed the DS Virgin driver evaded the grasp of last season's Buenos Aires ePrix winner Antonio Felix da Costa, di Grassi and a late scare from Buemi.

Huge credit will also be given to the Swiss driver who recovered from a nightmare qualifying, where he spun out on a hot lap which left him to start 18th and last, as he sliced through the field and tested Bird's mettle until his charge ran out of electrical energy and laps.

With di Grassi in third Buemi extends his championship lead to four points over the Brazilian, with Bird putting space between himself and Loic Duval for third in the Formula E drivers' standings.

Further back Stephane Sarrazin collected a respectable fourth for Venturi just ahead of Prost in fifth. Loic Duval endured a relatively anonymous race in sixth place in front of a fit-again Nick Heidfeld as Robin Frijns, Oliver Turvey and Bruno Senna rounded out the points-paying positions.

DS Virgin's Bird victory charge began when he grabbed the holeshot into turn one hairpin by moving over to block Prost's line while it was a relatively calm start to the Buenos Aires ePrix further down the pack. In the concertina effect Jerome d'Ambrosio suffered a right rear puncture after colliding at the back and tumbled backwards in the running order.

Championship fighters Buemi and di Grassi duly showed their class in the series as they scythed up the field from 18th and seventh respectively and by one-third race distance the Swiss jumped up to eighth while his Brazilian challenger hunted the front three.

Out front Bird smartly kept Prost behind him which enabled last year's winner in Argentina Felix da Costa to close up and dive down the inside at turn one on lap 13 to take second place. Behind them Buemi ghosted into sixth place by making light work passing Mike Conway and Robert Frijns in consecutive laps.

Seconds before the pit stops the race was throw wide open when Felix da Costa's Team Aguri machine shuddered to a halt with a technical fault on its in lap. The rest of the field responded by switching cars apart from defending champion Piquet Jr. More drama followed as Renault e.Dams Prost appeared to lose all power and leaked valuable seconds as he crawled into the pits,, while also holding up di Grassi in the process.

After the pit stops the safety car was deployed to ensure marshals could safely recover Felix da Costa's stricken Team Aguri machine which bunched up the pack. Bird produced a perfect restart on lap 23 to catch everyone napping, while Buemi got the better of Sarrazin to take third place and set up a charged finish.

Buemi's Renault e.Dams ZE.15 demonstrated its dominance on the rest of the field by lining up title rival di Grassi and passing him up the inside on lap 28 and with it hold on to the championship lead.

Despite his best efforts Buemi couldn't find a way past Bird in the closing stages which enabled the DS Virgin driver to take a third career Formula E win and his first of the current campaign. The Brit also became just the second driver to take a Formula E lights-to-flag victory, fending off the only other driver to claim that achievement at the chequered flag.

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