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

PORTLAND: In a thrilling weekend, Antonio Felix da Costa scored a spectacular double win for TAG Heuer Porsche in Portland, taking his third win in a row in front of enthusiastic fans at the Hankook Portland E-Prix.

His triumph came amid on-track drama that once again highlighted the masterful driving of da Costa and the TAG Heuer Porsche. A third win in a row means da Costa equals his own 2019 record for the longest winning streak in Formula E.

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

Joining da Costa on the podium was Robin Frijns, who celebrated his 100th Formula-E race with podium finishes for Envision Racing. Third place went to Jaguar TCS Racing’s Mitch Evans. The race was full of pivotal moments, including Pascal Wehrlein dramatically losing his front wing early. Despite the setback, Wehrlein finished fourth, keeping his championship hopes alive.

Less fortunate were NEOM McLaren and Mahindra Racing, both of whom had a series of retirements due to mistakes, punctures and on-track collisions.

Jean-Eric Vergne, who started from pole, secured fifth place for DS PENSKE, while ABT CUPRA’s Nico Muller took an impressive sixth.

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

As the championship heads to London, the battle for the top spot is fiercer than ever and fans are promised an exciting end to the season. The Hankook London E-Prix doubleheader season finale will take place on July 20-21.

According to António Felix da Costa, #13 Tag Heuer Porsche Formula E: “It’s crazy. I am happy, I am emotional, I am angry, I am everything. I’m glad I can ride this wave now – I know it won’t last forever. I’ve dealt with it before, I’ve gotten out of it before, so I try to keep doing things right. I will enjoy this moment. A lot of people in this world live by the motto of ‘never give up’, but I think we’re taking it to a whole new level, if I’m honest!”

No. 4 Envision Racing’s Robin Frijns said: “Today was definitely a good way to bounce back. We had a tough job and I have to say the team did a tremendous job. We prepared well for this race and we did it, so I’m very happy with P2. Unfortunately, we just missed out on the win – it was closer than yesterday, but I’ll take it with the double podium. This season was a struggle, I wanted to step back, I knew I could do it and I knew the team could do it, so here I am.”

Jaguar TCS Racing’s #9 Mitch Evans said: “It’s good after what happened yesterday, it’s hard for me to get over it, I still think it was a ridiculous decision. It was hard to take, so it’s good to be back and get something today. On my side, we didn’t optimize qualifying and the starting position wasn’t optimal for the second race, but it was a very tough race. To get to the front, I had to attack again quite late, just because of the way the race went, and I had to use up a lot of energy to complete those overtakes with a high target. I was a sitting duck at the end, but it gave me good points for my track position. Obviously I wanted to win, but after the Safety Car things really picked up and third was the best we could do.

“Obviously, what happened to Nyck is unfortunate [de Vries] but I came this weekend to do my thing and see what happened. We go into London near Pascal [Wehrlein] and it will be close between us. Antonio [Felix da Costa] should also be close, he has won every race – or so he feels – for the past half season. It’s sure to be a big fight between us and Porsche.”

2024 Hankook Portland E-Prix featuring local stars

Sung Kang, the renowned actor and car enthusiast best known for his role in the “Fast and Furious” series, returned to Portland International Raceway for round 14 of the doubleheader weekend.

Kang was delighted to be reunited with driver Lucas di Grassi at the ABT Garage, rekindling their friendship from the 2024 Tokyo E-Prix. Adding to the excitement, Kang reconnected with friend and influencer Emilia Hartford, who brought a vibrant energy to Portland, just as she did to Tokyo earlier this season.

Meanwhile, the presence of three-time W Series champion and Andretti Global INDY NXT driver Jamie Chadwick was notable, supporting the other Andretti Global drivers and serving 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 of over 150 km/h. He also took racing legend and Andretti Global team owner Michael Andretti for a hot lap in a Porsche Taycan.

Additionally, Portland Thorns soccer players Morgan Weaver and Olivia Moultrie enjoyed meeting the drivers and taking tours of the Andretti garage. Earlier this week, Portland Timbers footballers James Pantemis and Evander da Silva Ferreira toured the paddock, sat in the GEN3 car and met Nissan Formula E Team and ERT Formula E Team drivers Sacha Fenestraz and Sergio Sette Camara.

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