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Nicolas Prost has comfortably claimed victory in the first race of the season finale London ePrix as the Formula E championship battle riles up further back with Lucas di Grassi extending his lead to three points over Sebastien Buemi.

After Prost produced a flawless performance to take a lights-to-flag victory despite a safety car period, the drama unfolded behind him with the title challengers following one another for the majority of the race at Battersea Park.

With mixed weather conditions in qualifying shuffling di Grassi to ninth on the grid and Buemi 11th, the pair worked their way through the pack with the title leader making it to sixth by the pit stop and his Swiss rival in ninth.

A lightning pit stop enabled Buemi to leapfrog two cars up to seventh and directly behind his title rival to set up an intense battle over the second half of the race.

The first flash-point sparked on lap 20 with rain in the air when both title hopefuls passed Robert Frijns but di Grassi's ABT Schaeffler Audi team-mate Daniel Abt connected with Frijns while attempting a pass which sent both cars into the wall.

The clash forced a brief safety car period with di Grassi fifth and Buemi sixth. At the race restart di Grassi looked to take fourth from Jean-Eric Vergne but collided with the rear of the DS Virgin car and sustained heavy front wing damage which he had to manage for the rest of the race.

Yet more drama followed in the closing stages when home hopeful Oliver Turvey crashed out from third place and at the same timed Sam Bird passed Buemi just as the yellow flags were whipped out.

An aggrieved Buemi made his feelings clear over the radio but at the final turn Bird was forced to ease off which allowed the Renault e.Dams driver back into fifth to close the deficit to di Grassi.

With the title leader fourth and Buemi fifth, di Grassi has pulled out his Formula E championship advantage to three points with only the season finale of London's race two on Sunday.

Out ahead Prost claimed an easy victory ahead of Bruno Senna who grabbed his and Mahindra's best-ever result in Formula E with second place as Vergne completed the podium for DS Virgin.

With the title rivals completing the top five Antonio Felix da Costa grabbed an impressive sixth having mugged Bird at the line as Nick Heidfeld, Jerome d'Ambrosio and Mike Conway rounded out the points-paying positions.

 

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