Sebastien Buemi got his title defence off to a good start with a tactical win at the Formula E Hong Kong ePrix. Picture: Bobby Yip / Reuters

Hong Kong - Reigning champion Sebastien Buemi won an incident-packed opening race of the Formula E season in Hong Kong on Sunday for the Renault e.dams team.

Buemi, who started fifth, made the most of an earlier than scheduled pit-stop while the safety car was deployed to win the first ePrix to be held in Hong Kong.

Brazilian Lucas Di Grassi, for Audi Abt, made up 17 places after starting from the back row of the grid to finish second while Germany's Nick Heidfeld was third for India's Mahindra team. The podium was a repeat of last season's opener in Beijing.

Formula E, the world's first all-electric car racing series, is now starting its third season with several new venues, teams and drivers.

Newcomer Jaguar, returning to the global stage in open-wheel racing for the first time since pulling out of Formula One in 2004, had Britain's Adam Carroll finish 12th in the 45 lap race which, according to the organisers, drew 30 000 spectators


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