Jaxon Evans readies for new ‘Hollywood’ Racing Challenge

NEW ZEALAND racing star Jaxon Evans will grab another opportunity to continue a remarkable 2021 racing season when he tackles the third round of the European LeMans series this weekend.  

Evans, the 2018 Carrera Cup Australia Champion and 2020 Carrera Cup France Champion, will line up alongside actor-turned-racer Michael Fassbender and Porsche expert Richard Leitz at the Paul Ricard circuit as a late addition to the Proton Competition squad.  

Evans’ races full time for Dempsey-Proton Competition contesting the FIA World Endurance Championship, but also raced in the opening European LeMans Series (ELMS) round for Proton, where he joined team owner Christian Ried and Gimi Bruni to finish second in Spain.  

Proton runs a two-car Porsche team in the European series with Fassbender piloting the sister car to the one Evans’ raced earlier this year. 

Originally scheduled for a rare off weekend, Evans’ was called in to replace Fassbender’s regular co-driver Felipe Laser, who is committed to racing at the Nürburgring 24 hour this weekend.  

Famous for starring roles in the X-Men and Alien / Prometheus movie franchises, Fassbender is a life-long racing fan and began competing professionally in 2017.  

He made his European LeMans Series debut in 2020 with Proton Competition, while a YouTube Series produced by Porsche called Road to LeMans has documented his driving career and pathway to the world’s most famous endurance race.  

It won’t be the first time that Evans, who hails originally from New Zealand’s South Island, has mixed with Hollywood royalty during his racing adventures; Patrick Dempsey serving as a co-owner of the Dempsey-Proton team in the World Endurance Championship. 

The call-up to action in France continues a remarkable string of events for Evans who has firmly settled into life racing at a high level in the European SportsCar and GT scene.

The 24-year-old moved to Europe in 2019 following his success in the 2018 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Championship – which he won.  

He finished 6th outright in his rookie Porsche Supercup season, before scoring his first win and finishing 4th in the Covid-19 affected 2020 Season. Doing double-duties last year, Evans also claimed the 2020 Porsche Carrera Cup France Championship.   

Jaxon Evans, Monaco 2021

A switch to the Martinet by Almeras team for 2021 saw Jaxon open his 2021 Supercup account with a fine second position on the streets of Monaco last weekend.  

Earlier in the year, Evans paired with Christian Ried and Matt Campbell to finish 3rd in the LM GTE-AM class in the opening round of the World Endurance Championship at Spa Francorchamps.  

A one-off return to Carrera Cup France, in a bid to get miles in the new Type-922 Carrera Cup Car prior to Monaco, saw Evans claim a win and a second in the two races, in addition to his podium finish in the ELMS opener.  

Evans, Fassbender and Leitz will be in action at the French track this weekend, with streaming coverage available via the series’ website and social pages.  

All of his Porsche Supercup races are broadcast live on Fox Sports & Kayo Sports in Australia, and Spark Sport in New Zealand.  

Working full time in the motorsport industry since 2004, Richard has established himself within the group of Australia’s core motorsport broadcasters, covering the support card at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix for Channel 10, the Bathurst 12 Hour for Channel 7 and RadioLeMans plus Porsche Carrera Cup & Touring Car Masters for FOX Sports’ Supercars coverage. Works a PR bloke for several teams and categories, is an amateur motorsport photographer and owns five cars, most of them Holdens, of varying vintage and state of disrepair.


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