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28 June 2015
Sam takes victory in Formula E's London finale
Virgin Racing driver Sam Bird delighted the British crowds with a champagne performance as the inaugural Formula E championship came to a thrilling end in London's Battersea Park.
A display of aggressive driving saw Sam work his way from fourth place on the grid to the top step on the podium, his second win of the season after also taking victory in Putrajaya.
After jumping to third following a precise car changeover, Sam overtook Loic Duval for second place and then fought a long battle with Stephane Sarrazin for first. Venturi driver Sarrazin was only able to protect his lead by exceeding his energy allocation on the final lap and was given a post-race time penalty, handing victory to the Briton.
Sam said: "What an amazing race and end to the season. We worked hard to maintain our position in the first half of the race and after a great car changeover we jumped to third. I managed to conserve the car's energy to enable a lap more than Stephane before the second stint - that turned the race for me. To end the season on top of the podium in front of a home crowd is incredible."
Alex Tai, Virgin Racing Team Principal, said, "We couldn't have scripted a better end to the first FIA Formula E series. As the only British team in the Championship, to finish with a win in London is incredible. Sam drove an excellent race and I'm hugely proud of the whole team. Winning the last race is great - it might be the end of this season but really it is just a beautiful beginning for us as we are already looking forward to season two, which we will be entering with our new partner as DS Virgin Racing."