Daniel Abt has won the second race of the Hong Kong ePrix after Edoardo Mortara spun with a few laps to go. The Venturi driver controlled the race until that point. Polesitter Felix Rosenqvist, who spun in the first hairpin, fought back to third.

The start got delayed, presumably because of a problem with the starting lights. The race director decided to start the race behind the safety car, but that didn’t guarantee a trouble-free beginning. Rosenqvist spun in the hairpin, handing over the leading position to Mortara. Abt was second and in front of Mitch Evans.

Mortara was able to control the race, having spent less energy than its direct rivals. Further down the field Rosenqvist battled his way to the front, passing Saturday’s race winner Sam Bird and also NIO’s Oliver Turvey became a victim. Lucas di Grassi meanwhile, was pressing Nico Prost for tenth. He succeeded in passing the Renault e.dams driver but handed over his position when he came to short stop on his way to the pit lane.

The Venturi driver in front remained in the lead after the car swap, driving in front of Abt while Rosenqvist enjoyed a rapid pit stop and moved op up to third with Evans behind him who defended his position to Alex Lynn. Antonio Felix da Costa was in fourth, but after the pit stop he raced outside the points, in front of former champion Nelson Piquet.

Mortara looked like to win the race easily, but in an attempt to set the fastest lap the Italian driver spun and handed over his position to Abt. The Audi driver won the race, five seconds in front of Rosenqvist who also profited from Mortara’s spin. The Venturi driver finished in fourth position, in front of Mitch Evans, Jean-Eric Vergne, Sam Bird, Oliver Turvey, Maro Engel, Nico Prost and Alex Lynn taking the final point. Former champions Sebastien Buemi and Nelson Piquet ranked eleventh and thirteenth respectively. Di Grassi finished in fifteenth behind Andre Lotterer who crashed after passing the finish line.

UPDATE: Abt disqualified

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