MARC VDS’ Mike Di Meglio emerged victorious to take his maiden FIM Enel MotoE World Cup win after a wet crash-hit battle at the Red Bull Ring.
Team EG 0,0’s Frenchman, who scooped his first victory in the Grand Prix paddock in over a decade, got the better of Xavier Simeon after a number of early contenders hit the gravel in today’s slick conditions.
After a rainy start to proceedings in Spielberg, chiefs declared the race wet and reduced action from six laps to five.
From the middle of the front row, Simeon shot into the lead, but Di Meglio didn’t let him have it easy as Bradley Smith tucked into third ahead of Granado, who blasted from ninth on the grid to fourth by the top of the hill.
Meanwhile, championship leader Niki Tuuli ran off track and ended his hopes fo a back to back win.
As Di Meglio maintained control from the front with Simeon in tow, Granado moved up to third before levering the Belgian aside for second and moments later, he slipped ahead of Di Meglio to take the lead.
As Simeon dropped into the clutches of Garzo in fourth, it was all over for Granado at the front as he dropped his Avintia Esponsorama machine and slid into the gravel at Turn 3, leaving Di Meglio to inherit the lead.
Tech3 E-Racing’s Garzo ran around the outside of Simeon at Turn 9 and set about in pursuit of Di Meglio.
But just behind, it was a four-way scrap as Alex De Angelis, Smith, Sete Gibernau and Matteo Ferrari diced for fourth.
Back at the front, however, Di Meglio was coming under fire on the final lap as Garzo cut over a quarter of a second out of his lead, but the young Spaniard binned his Energica at Turn 4 as he ran wide and hit the kerb, leaving Di Meglio to an easy win.
Simeon bagged a lone second as One Energy Racing’s Smith got the better of the quartet behind to bag 16 points in third.
Octo Pramac’s De Angelis got the better of Trentino Gresini man Matteo Ferrari to snatch fourth, with Join Contract Pons 40’s Gibernau rounding out the top six
Aussie Josh Hook led home Intact Dynavolt’s Jesko Raffin in seventh as LCR E-Team’s Niccolo Canepa and Lorenzo Savadori completed the top 10.
Ajo Motorsport’s Tuuli salvaged a single point after rejoining the track and passing Maria Herrera late in the race.
Di Meglio’s win has handed him the championship lead with 41 points to Smith’s 36 and Simeon’s 29.
*Image: Marc VDS