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Wehrlein wins Race at Home third round as championship leader Gunther finishes third

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Pascal Wehrlein won Round 3 of the Formula E Race at Home Challenge to move second behind overall leader Maximilian Gunther

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ByMichael Hincks
09/05/2020 at 14:49 | Updated 09/05/2020 at 20:39
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Pascal Wehrlein won Round 3 of the Formula E Race at Home Challenge to move second behind overall leader Maximilian Gunther.

Mahindra Racing’s Wehrlein led from start to finish, with Stoffel Vandoorne second ahead of Gunther in the virtual Monaco race.

It all means Gunther actually extends his Drivers' Championship lead. The BMW i Andretti Motorsport racer has 65 points, while Wehrlein is now second with 44 points after leapfrogging Vandoorne and Robin Frijns, who both have 40 points.

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Highlights: Wehrlein avoids huge crash on opening lap to win Round 3

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Wehrlein went fastest in qualifying with Vandoorne joining him on the front row, while Gunther started sixth.

An almighty pile-up after the first turn saw Gunther take advantage and move up to third, while Mitch Evans was an early casualty after colliding into Edoardo Mortara.

Wehrlein's flawless race saw him finish 3.63 seconds ahead of Vandoorne, with Gunther 5.163secs behind.

“The start was very important,” Wehrlein said after the race. “After that, I don’t know what happened behind me, but I had a small gap and kept the same pace. For me it was quite an easy race.”

Formula E Race 3 results

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Vandoorne added: “I got lucky to make it through the first corner, I got a touch and there seemed to be a lot of incidents behind me, but Pascal was already a second ahead of me by the end of lap one. He had good pace, so for me it was just about keeping it clean, which I hadn’t managed in the first two races.”

Overall championship leader Gunther said: “From six to third, it’s a good recovery, I’m happy with a podium finish and more points for the championship.”

Overall standings

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The ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge returns next week on Eurosport for Round Four.

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