Britain’s Jake Dennis dominates to win the first round of the London E-Prix

British driver Jake Dennis won a second Formula E race on his home track, but having the fans in attendance made this one so much more special. The Avalanche Andretti driver led every lap of the first round of the doubleheader at the unique indoor-outdoor track to cheers from the crowd.

Honestly it was one of the hardest races I’ve ever done just physically,” said Dennis, about the challenge of racing inside. “As the rubber gets down on the surface, it’s so hard to turn the steering wheel. So I had to manage that. But yeah, insane race and honestly when I crossed the checkered flag hearing the fans was one of the best experiences of my life — so, so cool. So big thank you to all the fans out here and the British support.”

“I’ve never experienced anything like it,” he gushed. “And obviously being in the indoor and the lights and seeing everyone stand up – it was just a lifetime memory. We’ve got to do a job tomorrow and obviously we’ve got to try to repeat this.”

Stoffel Vandoorne was content with a cruise to second place for his Mercedes team, as it extended his championship lead over struggling rivals.

“It was a good day today finishing second,” Vandoorne said. “Well done to Jake – I think he had an incredible day. For us, there was really no answer to him. There was simply no opportunity to take him.”

“But,” he went on, “great team results second and third. So yeah, let’s keep pushing – three to go, and tomorrow is another opportunity.”

Vandoorne’s Mercedes teammate Nick de Vries finished third, after fighting off Envision Racing’s hard-charging Nick Cassidy in the final stages of the race. De Vries Cassidy’s charge through the pack and secured two podium positions for his team.

De Vries said early contact with wall made his race “a real struggle all the way through.” However, he added: “I’m glad that we brought it home in third and we scored good points for the team.”

“We still have three races to go and you see how quickly things can change in this championship,” de Vries said. “And it’s obviously super competitive and tight. So, we just got to make sure we do our job and then hopefully, it’s enough at the end.”

1 27 Jake Dennis GBR Avalanche Andretti FE Team 46:56.557
2 5 Stoffel Vandoorne BEL Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team +2.223
3 17 Nyck de Vries NED Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team +12.367
4 7 Nick Cassidy NZL Envision Racing +12.663
5 28 Oliver Askew USA Avalanche Andretti FE Team +14.904
6 22 Mitch Evans NZL TCS Jaguar Racing +17.128
7 37 António Félix Da Costa POR DS Techeetah +17.733
8 36 Maximilian Günther GER Nissan e.DAMS +22.067
9 48 Lucas Di Grassi BRZ ROKIT Venturi Racing +32.139
10 4 Pascal Wehrlein GER TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team +34.347
11 13 Sébastian Buemi CHE Nissan e.DAMS +35.307
12 10 André Lotterer GER TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team +35.508
13 25 Jean-Éric Vergne FRA DS Techeetah +36.057
14 9 Alexander Sims GBR Mahindra Racing +40.345
15 23 Oliver Turvey GBR NIO 333 FE Team +41.293
16 29 Robin Frijns NED Envision Racing +44.023
17 30 Dan Ticktum GBR NIO 333 FE Team +51.947
18 94 Edoardo Mortara CHE ROKIT Venturi Racing +1:18.796
19 99 Sérgio Sette Câmara BRZ Dragon/Penske Autosport DNF
20 3 Antonio Giovinazzi ITA Dragon/Penske Autosport DNF
21 33 Oliver Rowland GBR Mahindra Racing DNF
22 11 Sam Bird GBR TCS Jaguar Racing DNF
Owen Johnson