Qualifying // P1
Race // P1
Fastest Race Lap // 1:00.102
Championship // P1 [56 points]
Qualifying // P16
Race // DNS
Championship // P21 [0 points]
ROKiT Venturi Racing
Championship // P1 [56 points]
After storming to a dominant victory in the opening round of Formula E: Accelerate, ROKiT Venturi Racing’s Erhan Jajovski carried over his race-winning form to take a second consecutive victory in Round 2.
Competing on the digital streets of Hong Kong – the site of Edoardo Mortara and ROKiT Venturi Racing’s maiden Formula E win – Erhan secured pole position while team-mate Lorenz Hoerzing took P16.
Technical issues plagued Lorenz throughout the one-shot classification session and this carried over into the race, meaning that the 19-year-old Austrian was unable to take to the grid.
This left Erhan as the team’s sole starter for the 25-minute affair, and from the front row, the Macedonian racer held the lead, fending off Frederik Rasmussen into Turn 1.
By the end of the opening lap, Erhan opened up an advantage of 0.5-seconds before establishing a 1.2-second buffer by posting the fastest lap of the race.
With 19-minutes of racing remaining, Erhan deployed his first use of Attack Mode to extend the gap to P2, however, this 2.6-second margin began to close in the final minutes.
Facing increasing pressure from Rasmussen, Erhan again activated Attack Mode four minutes from the finish and used the power boost device to defend his position.
This allowed the 25-year-old to remain in control and after leading every lap, Erhan took the chequered flag in P1, taking a second victory in two races to establish a 25 point lead in the Drivers’ Championship.
ROKiT Venturi Racing now enjoy a 19 point lead at the top of the Team Championship standings.
“Last time I said that Round 1 was the most intense race session I’ve ever had but I think Round 2 has now beaten that. In Hong Kong, pole position is on the outside of the grid, so it was important that I secured a strong start to defend the inside line into Turn 1. I was able to do that and managed to create a gap. At first, I thought that Rasmussen was not going to close in but towards the end, he started to be very aggressive on his energy usage. He must have saved a lot at the beginning because he was all over me, he was pressuring me so hard. It was a very intense race but I’m very to be in P1. I’m looking forward to racing in Berlin next week and I’m hoping for another good result.”
“I’m very disappointed with how the race went. I struggled with the pace for most of the week but in qualifying, I was able to pull everything together and it was the lap that I had been searching for. Annoyingly, I had a synchronising issue in the game and that cost me a couple of tenths. It meant that I was starting in P16 instead of inside the top 10. A connection issue then meant that I wasn’t able to start the race and I feel like it was a missed opportunity. My eyes are already on the next race in Berlin which is one of my favourite tracks so I’m hoping for a good result. Hopefully, my luck will finally turn around so we can net some good points for the team.”