Kiwi Mitch Evans and his Jaguar Racing are roaring into the penultimate FIA Formula E World Championship race weekend in London in third position – and with a podium finish tantalisingly close.
Part of the team success has been spearheaded by New Zealand driver Evans, who joined Jaguar Racing ahead of their debut season in 2016 and remains with the legendary British motorsport outfit for his fifth Formula E World Championship season.
“We’ve had a phenomenal season so far ,” said Mitch Evans. “We’re really hoping for a podium finish and being only 21 points off the lead of the drivers’ championship and five points off the lead of the teams’ championship, it’s still all to play for.
“There have been some pretty severe highs and lows across the race season, and with four races to go we’re in a position where we hope to make history for Jaguar Racing.”
Evans started his motorsport career in karts at the age of six and won the New Zealand Grand Prix at the age of 16. Mentored by seasoned racer Mark Webber, the young driver went on to win the 2012 GP3 title. Moving to GP2 in 2013 at just 18 years of age, he became the youngest driver in GP2 history to stand on the podium in Malaysia. In 2016 Evans started his all-electric racing career and has remained with Jaguar Racing ever since.
Evans will take part in the penultimate double-header of the Formula E World Championship this Saturday and Sunday, hitting the streets of London with 23 other cars and drivers who will go head-to-head in the historical heartland of East London’s docklands at the ExCel.
The season finale will head back to Berlin for the double-header across August 14th and 15th. Evans will be expected to face the tough Tempelhof Airport circuit, in the hope of landing Jaguar Racing a podium finish.
“New Zealand has a deservedly proud history in motorsport and has produced some phenomenal drivers,” said Jaguar Racing Team Director, James Barclay. “Mitch (Evans) represents the latest generation in a long line of motorsport talent from the region and has been a fundamental part of the Jaguar Racing family since our entry into FIA Formula E over 5 years ago.
“This season we have really elevated the bar by pairing Sam Bird with Mitch Evans, together they form one of the most formidable driver line-ups in motorsport, coupled with our all new Jaguar I-TYPE 5 they and the team are delivering points, podiums and as we saw in New York wins.”
Mitch Evans added: “As we near the conclusion of the race season, you certainly feel a little bit more pressure, and I feel a long way from home. Despite being on the other side of the world, and facing COVID-19 restrictions, I still feel a lot of support from New Zealand – and it is hugely appreciated. I’m hoping I do the country proud this weekend.”