Unlike Saturday's race, the sixth stage of the electric series season was held in normal weather conditions on dry asphalt, which somewhat weakened the intrigue, since there were overtaking and all sorts of interesting collisions much less than yesterday.
Qualification winner, BMW driver Jake Dennis retained the lead, followed by Alex Lynn of Mah34ndra, while NIO riders Oliver Turvey and Tom Blomkvist had a duel with each other, the British emerging as the winner. But his partner also let Norman Nato, who plays for Venturi, go ahead.
The struggle in the group of leaders was very tight, the gaps were minimal, and Dennis could not break away from his pursuers. Started seventh Jean-Eric Vergne, DS Techeetah racer, celebrating his 31st birthday today, played a couple of positions and made it to the top five by the seventh lap.
On the 9th lap, Edoardo Mortara made a daring maneuver, immediately ahead of Sebastien Buemi and Rene Rast and moved to 10th position.
NATO was the first of the group of leaders to activate the increased power mode, and at the end of the 11th lap it helped him to get ahead of Turvi and reach the third position. Following Attack Mode, Dennis and Lynn activated, so the forces in the top three were equal, and there was no bright struggle, so the BMW driver managed to slightly increase the gap from the rivals and bring it to a little over a second.
A little later, this mode was activated by Verne, which allowed him to play one more position and bypass Turvi. But the Frenchman did not manage to stay in 4th place, as he was overtaken by Lotterer, his former partner in DS Techeetah, now playing for the Porsche factory team.
Meanwhile, by the 15th lap, Alex Lynn caught up with Dennis again and there was a feeling that he was preparing an attack on the leader. But Verne was outstripped by three riders at once, and all due to Attack Mode - Jean-Eric rolled back to the 8th position.
On Lap 19, Lynn flew off the track after contact with a NATO car and lost several positions. Nato was now second, followed by Rene Rast, the Audi driver, who had a great breakthrough from the end of the top ten.
On the 21st lap, during the struggle for 10th place on the track, Nissan Buemi and Stoffel Vandoorn's Mercedes collided.
But at the same time, the car of the Belgian also hooked on the fence of the track. The contact was very tough, so Stoffel had to go to the pits - the race was over for him.
On the 23rd lap, Oliver Rowland, Buemi's partner, rushed to the attack on Rene Rast, but he very competently parried it, retaining the third position. Nato was still the second, and Dennis, who continued to lead, even managed to create a certain gap, however, not exceeding one and a half seconds. Race officials announced that stewards were investigating the incident between Nato and Lynn, and it soon became known that the Frenchman had received a 5-second penalty.
Since by this moment Lotterer had managed to get ahead of both Rowland and Rast, it turned out - taking into account the NATO penalty - that the most experienced German would rise to the second step of the podium. Lynn, annoyed that the chance to fight for victory was missed, was also not going to give up and had already played a couple of positions, breaking through to 4th place, which was also supposed to turn into a podium.
At this point, the radio engineer asked Dennis to slow down to save some energy and attack again with full force on the last lap. Jake did just that, and this tactic helped him stay ahead and was the first to cross the finish line!
Second place, as expected, went to Lotterer, third to Lynn, followed by Rowland and Nato. In general, the results of the second race in Valencia were such that the championship favorites did not score any points at all.
Nevertheless, after six stages, the Mercedes driver duo still leads the individual classification: Nick de Vries is in the lead with 57 points, Stoffel Vandorn is in second place, nine points behind his team-mate.
The seventh round of the season will take place on 8 May on the street circuit in Monaco.