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Sam Bird dominated the Buenos Aires ePrix, converting pole position to victory to take his first victory of the season.
The DS Virgin Racing driver held off a hard charging Sebastien Buemi, who had recovered from last on the grid to finish second.
At the start of the race, it was Buemi’s teammate, Nico Prost, who was challenging Bird for the race lead.
Prost wasn’t able to keep pace with Bird, eventually succumbing to the pressure of Antonio Felix Da Costa on lap 13 who took second place.
Da Costas, who took victory in Buenos Aires last year, would go no further. On lap 18 the Team Aguri driver suddenly came to a halt at the exit of turn one.
Da Costas problems came in conjunction with the car changes, which saw Lucas Di Grassi, Stephane Sarrazin and Sebastien Buemi jump Prost who seemed to slow in the pitch.
While Bird and Di Grassi started to battle it out up front, Buemi continued his storming drive, diving up the inside of Sarrazin on lap 23 to move into the podium position.
The Renault e.Dams driver was then soon on the tale of the lead two drivers.
With the top three drivers separated by a second, di Grassi made his moved on Bird. Unfortunately, for di Grassi Bird covered his move which left the Audi driver exposed to Buemi.
Buemi made his move down the inside at turn seven, easily taking second place from Di Grassi.
With two laps to go Buemi had caught Bird, but despite Buemi’s dominant pace he was unable to find a way past, meaning Bird claimed his third victory in Formula E, followed home by Buemi and di Grassi.
Sarrazin was able to repeat his result from Putrajaya, coming home in fourth, while Nico Prost recovered from a poor pit stop to round out the top five.
Loic Duval and Nick Heidfeld finished sixth and seventh, just ahead of Robin Frijns who dropped two places on the final lap.
Oliver Turvey was able to score his second points finish of the season, just ahead of Bruno Senna who rounded out the top ten.
The result means Buemi still has extended his points leads to four over Di Grassi, with Bird in third, 28 points adrift.