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Formula E: Sam Bird looks to build on flying start

Updated 9:58 AM ET, Fri January 12, 2018

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  • Sam Bird won opening race in Hong Kong and leads Formula E championship
  • Round 3 of 14 taking place in Marrakech on Saturday

(CNN)After a helter-skelter two races in Hong Kong, Formula E returns for round three of the 2017-18 Formula E championship in Marrakech on Saturday.

Britain's Sam Bird tops the drivers' standings following two impressive performances (1st and 5th) at the Central Harborfront Circuit.It's the first time the DS Virgin Racing driver has led the all-electric race series which in recent seasons has seen Brazil's Lucas di Grassi and Swiss Sebastien Buemi go head-to-head for the title. "Who would have expected us to dominate the first race like we did?" Bird told CNN's World Sport. "We had a great car at the end of last year and we had a bit of momentum going. We did the preseason test and felt quietly confident that we could do a reasonable job as a team.Read MoreFormula E Latest Standings

1 – Sam Bird (DS Virgin Racing) 35pts

2 – Jean-Eric Vergne (Teecheetah) 33pts

3 – Felix Rosenqvist (Mahindra Racing) 29pts

4 – Edoardo Mortara (Venturi) 24pts

5 – Nick Heidfeld (Mahindra Racing) 15pts

6 – Mitch Evans (Panasonic Jaguar Racing) 15pts

READ: Abt stripped of maiden Formula E winREAD: Formula E announces landmark sponsor deal "To get some good numbers on the board takes a bit of pressure off … hopefully we can back up the Hong Kong results with another great one in Marrakech and then Santiago and Punta del Este."Bird finished second behind Buemi in Marrakech last season (watch race highlights below) with Felix Rosenqvist taking the final podium place. 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