Bono Huis has won the latest Formula E eRace in Las Vegas ahead of former Formula 3 driver Felix Rosenqvist and sim racer Olli Pahkala, winning $200,000 in the process. The race, which took place in a simulation, featured a number of crashes and a controversy surrounding Pahkala in regards to Formula E's Fanboost feature.
One of Formula E's features, Fanboost, allows racers to benefit from increased performance for a duration determined by fan social media participation, generally lasting a few seconds. However, a bug in the feature had allowed Pahkala -- who had stopped earlier -- to benefit from the feature for at least five laps as opposed to five seconds, allowing the Finnish driver to cross the finish line first. After a race steward review, Huis was awarded the win.
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The race also featured an action-packed chase for third place, in which Pahkala participated before a strategically early pit stop on Lap 8 helped him earn the spot. Sim racers Aleksi Uusi-Jaakkola, David Greco and Graham Carroll formed a pack from the get-go until Lap 11, when a three-wide situation developed into a crash, sending Greco and Carroll to 15th and 17th place. Uusi-Jaakkola finished fifth.
Simulation racers displayed strong performances across the board, and five of them finished in the top six. Enzo Bonito (fourth), Uusi-Jaakkola (fifth) and 20-year racing sim veteran Greger Huttu (sixth) edged out reigning World Touring Car champion Jose Maria Lopez, and Formula E racers Sam Bird, Daniel Abt and Nelson Piquet Jr. in the top 10.