Formula E: Big Apple double for Sam Bird and Virgin Racing

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Updated 2033 GMT (0433 HKT) July 16, 2017

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Sam Bird completes New York doubleFirst ever ePrix in Big AppleDi Grassi closes on Buemi

(CNN)Britain's Sam Bird completed an historic winning double Sunday as Formula E continued to excite on its first visit to New York.

DS Virgin racer Bird, winner of the inaugural race in the Big Apple the day before, proved the man to beat again as he capitalized on pole position for another impressive victory. The Mahindras of Nick Heidfeld and Felix Rosenqvist completed the podium in Brooklyn.

Sam Bird becomes the "King of New York" as he claims both wins in New York https://t.co/JKERk4X9Ti #FormulaE #NYCePrix pic.twitter.com/xt21ypksrQ

— Formula E Zone (@FormulaEZone) July 16, 2017 Bird lost the lead to Rosenqvist in a hectic start, but he regained it on lap 10 of 49 with a superb pass and controlled proceedings to the finish.Championship-chasing Lucas di Grassi took fifth place, closing to within 10 points of title leader Sebastien Buemi, who sat out the New York rounds because of a commitment to race sports cars in Germany.Read MoreBuemi's stand-in, Red Bull F1 protege, Pierre Gasly, did him proud, battling the Mahindras in his Renault e.dams entry and overtaking Audi's di Grassi on the final corner to reduce his points tally.

Watch history in the making with the 2017 FIA #FormulaE @Qualcomm#NYCePrix (Round 9) in 60 seconds! 🗽 pic.twitter.com/p6VEeHfB65

— FIA Formula E (@FIAformulaE) July 16, 2017 Gasly's more experienced teammate Nico Prost finished sixth, with Jean-Eric Vergne only eighth after a mistake by his Techeetah handicapped him and teammate Stephane Sarrazin.

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