OLIVER Rowland finished on the podium in the third race of the Formula E season in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.

The 31-year-old from Penistone finished 13th in the first race on Friday then qualified in pole position for the second race on Saturday after setting the fastest time in his group then winning all three ‘duels’ to start first on the grid.

He dropped down to third early in the race but stayed there to finish on the podium.

It was his seventh pole and sixth podium but first of either since 2022 with previous team Mahindra who he left midway through last season before returning to former team Nissan for this campaign.

He is now ninth in the standings with 18 points after three races of the 16-race series.

Rowland said: “It’s a great result for the team and gives us a lot of confidence for the season ahead.

“It was unfortunate I couldn’t hold the lead off the line, I had a bit of wheelspin, but we’re still very happy with the podium.

“I came back to Nissan with the target of winning, we know there’s lots of work to do but we’ll keep pushing.

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“The potential has been there since the start of the season and the step we made is a really important one and we’ll keep building up for São Paulo.”

The electric car series moves on to Brazil on March 16.