Sam Bird charged to his second Formula E victory in 24 hours after an impressive display through Sunday's race around the streets of New York City.

Bird became the first driver in motorsport history to win a race in the five boroughs on Saturday, and followed that up by taking pole position for Sunday's race.

A slow start saw Bird drop behind Mahindra Racing's Felix Rosenqvist, but the Briton was able to stay latched to his rival's rear wing for much of the early part of the race.

Bird got the jump on Rosenqvist on Lap 11 before pushing on and creating a gap, moving a couple of seconds clear at the front of the field.

Bird's lead looked at risk when a full course yellow was called after a stoppage for team-mate Alex Lynn, prompting the majority of the field to come in and swap cars when the pack was running slowly.

DS Virgin kept Bird out for another lap, and was able to turn him around and get him back out on-track just moments before the race returned to green, ensuring he stayed in the lead.

With one extra lap of energy to use, Bird was able to pull clear through the final stint before crossing the line to complete a weekend double of victories for DS Virgin.

Rosenqvist followed him home in second place ahead of Mahindra Racing team-mate Nick Heidfeld, the pair switching position twice in the closing stages in a bid to keep the Swede's outside title hopes alive.

Red Bull Formula 1 junior Pierre Gasly finished his maiden Formula E race weekend strongly by finishing fourth for Renault e.dams, finishing ahead of ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport's Lucas di Grassi. With 10 points for P5, di Grassi lies 10 points shy of Sebastien Buemi heading to the final showdown in Montreal at the end of the month.

Nicolas Prost wound up sixth in the second Renault ahead of Venturi's Tom Dillmann, while Jean-Eric Vergne took eighth for Techeetah. Robin Frijns fought back to P9 for Andretti, while Jerome d'Ambrosio took the final point for P10.

Formula E heads to Montreal on July 29-30 for its final round of the season.

 

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