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Lynn scores surprise pole

It may be his debut race, but DS Virgin Racing’s Alex Lynn is driving like he’s been around the Formula E series for years, scoring pole position today at the New York City ePrix.

Lynn is only at the ePrix to fill in for Jose Maria Lopez, who is in Germany with the Toyota Gazoo Racing team in the World Endurance Championship. While there was no doubt about the former GP3 champion’s level of talent, earning pole position in his very first weekend surprised even Lynn himself.

“Just to be here and racing in New York is so great and to be on Pole Position for my first race is a little bit unbelievable,” Lynn said.

“We’ll try to have a good race this afternoon and score as many points as we can.”

Lynn’s time of 1:03.296 was nearly a quarter of a second faster than his nearest competitor, Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport’s Daniel Abt. Amazingly, Jose Maria Lopez also scored the pole today in the FIA World Endurance Championship at the Nurburgring for Toyota.

Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne will line up third for this afternoon’s race, just ahead of Lynn’s teammate Sam Bird.

Jerome D’Ambrosio for Faraday Future Dragon Racing piloted the fifth car to make the single-lap Super Pole shootout, but a mistake on his hot lap relegated him to fifth on the grid.

Despite dominating the second practice session, neither Mahindra car made the top-five. Nick Heidfeld will start sixth and Felix Rosenqvist 17th after an incident during his group qualifying run.

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