Esports: Guenther completes a Formula E hat-trick 'Race at home'

BMW i Andretti's Maximilian Guenther completed a Formula E " Home race Challenge esports Hat-trick on Saturday after winning the second race of the series around a computer generated Circuit of Electrical Docks.

The German, winner of a Hong Kong design last weekend, also won the April 18 test race around Monaco, making his third victory in three races on Saturday, even if the first does not count for qualifying.

The virtual series is filling the gap left by the Formula E season being suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with regular pilots competing on home simulators in various countries.

Guenther was again not the fastest in the standings on the 3.2km course, with Mercedes driver Stoffel Vandoorne in pole position for the second consecutive weekend, but he proved to be the most consistent.

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Belgian Vandoorne hit the wall on the first lap and was immediately knocked out and finished fifth.

Pursued closely by compatriot Pascal Wehrlein with five laps remaining, Guenther found himself 15 seconds away from the rest when the Mahindra driver hit the wall and turned.

Dutch driver Robin Frijns was second for Envision Virgin Racing, 7.748 seconds behind, and Swiss Geox Dragon driver Nico Mueller third.

Under the 'race royale' format, the last driver placed after each lap was eliminated until there were only 10 left for a final sprint to the line.

Envision Virgin's Sam Bird made his debut after solving the connectivity issues that ruled it out last week, but the Brit didn't finish after crashing.