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Jaguar collects maiden Formula E points with Mexico double-score

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Jaguar ended its wait for points in Formula E in style as drivers Mitch Evans and Adam Carroll both finished Saturday’s Mexico City ePrix in the top 10.

Jaguar entered Formula E at the start of its third season in Hong Kong last October, but failed to score any points in the opening three rounds of the campaign.

Carroll and Evans started 10th and 11th respectively at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, and both conserved energy well through the first stint to remain in contention for points.

Evans ran seventh heading into the closing stages of a manic race, but rose to fourth late on following a smash between Mahindra drivers Nick Heidfeld and Felix Rosenqvist, with Jerome d’Ambrosio also falling down the order due to a loss of energy.

Evans brought his Jaguar I-Type home in P4 to score both his own and Jaguar’s first Formula E points, narrowly missing out on a maiden podium in the process.

“Today was a crazy race from lap one. I managed to overtake Esteban Gutierrez on the straight and lined up behind Adam,” Evans explained.

“After the first safety car we got into a nice rhythm and I ran on really good energy levels and a strong pace. Adam and I were on slightly different strategies, which opened up the opportunity for me to overtake him.

“The race got quite juicy towards the end with both Mahindra cars and Nico Prost crashing into each other, I don’t know how my I-Type didn’t sustain any damage. I was very lucky.

“To finish with double points today is huge for the team. We came so close in Buenos Aires and everyone has worked incredibly hard since then, so it’s a massive reward for everyone at Panasonic Jaguar Racing.”

Carroll also benefited from the late drama to cross the line eighth, giving Jaguar a haul of 16 points from Mexico City.

“For our fourth race ever, it’s a really positive day and reward for some long days. It’s a complete team effort and a fantastic day for Panasonic Jaguar Racing,” Carroll said.

“Hopefully, this is the start of more to come but we are also keeping our feet on the ground and we still have a lot to learn in this championship.

“The reality is this championship is very competitive, so to just score points, especially for a new team is a big achievement. So for both of us to score points today is absolutely brilliant.”

The result lifts Jaguar off the foot of the teams’ championship, and is now just two behind MS Amlin Andretti in eighth place.

Fernando Alonso completes first test with United Autosports

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Two-time Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso enjoyed his first outing with United Autosports, with whom he will contest the 2018 Rolex 24 at Daytona, in their Ligier JS P217 LMP2 chassis.

The McLaren Formula 1 driver completed the test at Motorland Aragon in Spain alongside co-driver Phil Hanson, who will be a teammate with Alonso at next year’s 24-hour Daytona enduro. Filipe Albuquerque, a former GT class winner at the Rolex 24, was also on hand to help Alonso and the team ahead of Alonso’s first run in an LMP2 car, which comes only a couple days after he made his LMP1 testing debut with Toyota. Albuquerque races with Mustang Sampling Racing in IMSA, but will return to United’s European Le Mans Series program for all but one race in 2018.

“I had a great first test with United Autosports. Obviously, we are on a really tight schedule between now and Daytona, but it was nice to jump in the car for the first time,” said Alonso, who will rejoin the team at the official Roar Before the 24 test on January 5-7.

Alonso added, “There’s quite a few switches and things to study so it was important to do this initial shakedown before Daytona, so I could fully learn about the car. I’m happy with everything – the car felt great and the team were fantastic. The atmosphere here is wonderful, like a big family, so today has been amazing. I cannot wait for Daytona.”

Team owner Zak Brown, who also serves as executive director of McLaren Technology Group and helps lead the McLaren Formula 1 effort, shared Alonso’s enthusiasm and was not surprised he was able to acclimate himself relatively quickly.

“Fernando’s first test with United Autosports went awesome as expected. He is a world champion and it is a pleasure to have him in our car,” he said of Alonso’s debut with the team.

Alonso is currently schedule to contest the Rolex 24 with the aforementioned Hanson and McLaren test driver Lando Norris.