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DS Virgin Racing’s #sambird made up six places to secure his 12 th career podium during today’s thrilling #formulae race in #puntadeleste, with team-mate Alex Lynn producing his best ever finish with sixth. The result by the two British drivers moves the team into third position in the manufacturer standings – with Bird also third in the drivers’ championship – as the all-electric series reaches its halfway stage. In beautiful, sunny conditions, the Uruguayan beach resort played host to the third and final race in the championship’s Latin American leg, with both Bird and Lynn showing strong pace from the off and never running outside the top 10 during the morning’s practice sessions. Their strong pace continued into qualifying where Lynn yet again made it into the Superpole (top five) shootout and would go on to start the race third, with Bird a little further back in 9 th . As the 37-lap race got underway, Lynn held onto third place with Bird already moving up the field to lie seventh in the early stages. After a brief safety car period, both drivers looked racy heading towards the pit stop window on lap 20. However, running with less energy, Lynn had a slower in-lap combined with a tricky pit stop to allow team-mate Bird, and others, to get the jump on him with the two re-joining the race in fourth and fifth. This allowed Bird to start to pull away and chase after the leading duo of Lucas di Grassi and Jean- Eric Vergne, whilst Lynn has working hard to keep a pressing Felix Rosenqvist and Mitch Evans at bay. In the closing stages, Lynn was forced to settle for sixth, whilst Bird had now joined the battle for the lead pressing both leaders hard, but sadly ran out of laps before he could mount his challenge. #sambird, who dedicated his podium to the late journalist Henry Hope-Frost, said: “We were slightly fortunate with drivers around us having issues, but the pace was good today and we really wanted to fight for the lead at the end; but it wasn’t to be. Overall, it was a strong race for us and nice to get another podium, as well as a great result for the team and also to help keep our title bid going.”Alex Lynn said: “For sure today has been a positive race for us and I’m really pleased to come away with sixth and my strongest result to date. The pace was good as we were once again in Superpole, but things didn’t quite go our way during the race, but it’s still a great result for me and the team.”
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