DaC-to-DaC wins — Antonio makes it three in a row with Portland double

PORTLAND: Antonio Felix da Costa made it a spectacular double win for TAG Heuer Porsche in Portland on a thrilling weekend to record his third win in a row in front of rapturous fans at the Hankook Portland E-Prix.

His triumph came amid high drama on the track which once again highlighted da Costa and TAG Heuer Porsche’s masterful race management. A third win in a row means da Costa equals his own record from 2019 for the longest winning streak in Formula E.

Round 14 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship was the defining moment of the season, with current points leader Nick Cassidy of Jaguar TCS Racing failing to score points for the second consecutive race. As a result, Mitch Evans and Pascal Wehrlein are now in second place, setting the stage for an intense showdown in the upcoming London final.

Joining da Costa on the podium was Robin Frijns, who celebrated his 100th Formula E race with back-to-back podiums for Envision Racing. Mitch Evans representing Jaguar TCS Racing finished third. The race was rich with key moments, including Pascal Wehrlein dramatically losing his front wing at the start. Despite this setback, Wehrlein finished fourth, keeping his championship hopes alive.

Less fortunate were NEOM McLaren and Mahindra Racing, who both experienced a series of retirements due to errors, punctures and on-track collisions.

Jean-Eric Vergne, who started on pole position, secured a solid fifth for DS PENSKE, while ABT CUPRA’s Nico Muller achieved an impressive sixth.

Norman Nato finished seventh with Andretti, followed by Maximilian Guenther with Maserati MSG Racing in eighth. Sebastien Buemi finished ninth in Envision Racing despite a penalty ahead of reigning world champion Jake Dennis who rounded out the top ten for Andretti Formula E.

As the championship heads to London, the battle for first place is more intense than ever and promises fans an exciting end to the season. The two-round Hankook London E-Prix season finale will take place on July 20-21.

António Felix da Costa, number 13, Tag Heuer Porsche Formula E, said: “This is crazy. I’m happy, I’m emotional, I’m angry, I’m everything. I’m just happy to ride this wave right now – I know it won’t last forever. I’ve been on it before, I’ve been off it, so I’ll try to do things right. I will enjoy this moment. A lot of people in this world live by the motto of never giving up, but I think we’re going to a whole new level to be honest!”

Robin Frijns, no. 4, Envision Racing, said: “It was definitely a good way to bounce back today. We had a tough match and I must say that the team did a great job. We prepared well for this race and we delivered, so I’m really happy with P2. Unfortunately, we just missed out on the win – it was closer than yesterday, but when I have a double podium, I’ll take it. This season was tough, I wanted to bounce back, I knew I could do it and I knew the team could do it, so here I am.”

Mitch Evans, no. 9, Jaguar TCS Racing, said: “It’s nice after what happened yesterday, it’s hard for me to get over it, I think it was still a ridiculous decision. It was hard to take, so it’s nice to come back today and have something. We did not optimize the qualifying from my side and the starting position was not optimal for the second race, but it was a really difficult race. To get to the front, I had to attack again quite late, because of the way the race was going, and I had to use a lot of energy to overtake with high targets. I was a sitting duck at the end but that gave me track position so good points. Of course I would have liked to win, but after the Safety Car things really picked up and third was the best we could do.

“Obviously it’s unfortunate what happened to Nyck. [de Vries] but I came into this weekend just to do my thing and see what happened. We will go to London near Pascal [Wehrlein] and it will be tight between us. Antonio [Felix da Costa] he has to be close too, he’s won every race – or so it seems – in the last half-season. It will definitely be a big fight between us and Porsche.”

2024 Hankook Portland E-Prix featuring local stars

Sung Kang, the acclaimed actor and car enthusiast best known for his role on “The Fast and the Furious,” returned to Portland International Raceway for round 14 of the weekend’s doubleheader.

Kang was thrilled to be reunited with driver Lucas di Grassi in the ABT garage, renewing their camaraderie from the 2024 Tokyo E-Prix. To the excitement, Kang was reunited with his friend and influencer Emilia Hartford, who brought her vibrant energy to Portland, just like Tokyo earlier in the season.

Meanwhile, three-time W Series champion and Andretti Global INDY NXT driver Jamie Chadwick was a notable presence as she supported the other Andretti Global drivers and served as a driver analyst for the broadcast team.

Chadwick delivered an electrifying performance, driving a GEN3 Formula E car for the first time and reaching speeds in excess of 150 km/h. She also took racing legend and owner of the Andretti Global team, Michael Andretti, for a hot lap in the Porsche Taycan.

Additionally, Portland Thorns players Morgan Weaver and Olivia Moultrie enjoyed meet and greets with drivers and tours of the Andretti garage. Earlier in the week, Portland Timbers players James Pantemis and Evander da Silva Ferreira toured the paddock, sat in a GEN3 car and met Nissan Formula E Team and ERT Formula E Team drivers Sacha Fenestraz and Sergio Sette Camaro.

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