Mitch Evans to balance GP2 season with WEC outings

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GP2 driver Mitch Evans will combine his single-seater commitments in 2015 with two races in the FIA World Endurance Championship for LMP2 outfit Jota Sport.

The 20-year-old New Zealander won the 2012 GP3 championship and claimed two race wins en route to fourth place in last year’s GP2 standings.

However, Evans will now spread his wings beyond single-seaters by taking part in two rounds of the WEC for Jota Sport: the 6 Hours of Spa and the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans.

“I’ve never raced a sportscar and only drove one for the very first time last month but I don’t see this an issue,” Evans said. “I’ll use my single-seater experience to get to grips with the LMP2 sports-prototype as fast as possible. I’ve followed sportscar racing for many years and Le Mans has always been on my ‘bucket list’.

“My aim at Spa will be to learn this new style of racing and gaining experience with driver changes. For Le Mans, the goal will be to help Jota win LMP2 again.”

The British team won last year’s LMP2 class at Le Mans with Simon Dolan, Harry Ticknell and Oliver Turvey in the car, but will welcome on board Evans and former GP3 driver Nick Yelloly for 2015 to race alongside Dolan.

“I’m very excited to welcome Mitch to Jota Sport,” Dolan said. “Hopefully he will help us in successfully defending our Le Mans LMP2 title.

“He is without doubt one of the best young single-seater drivers out there. With a proven track record of speed and bringing a car home in one piece. I’m sure he’ll adjust quickly to sportscar racing and I am certain he’ll fit in with Jota Sport immediately.”

This year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans takes place on June 13 and 14 at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

Champion Marc Marquez leads MotoGP into virtual world Sunday

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During its layoff because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, MotoGP will become the latest racing series to enter the virtual world.

The MotoGP Virtual Race will be held at 9 a.m. ET Sunday, March 29 with 10 riders. It will be streamed on several platforms, including the Motorsports on NBC YouTube channel. Reigning series champion Marc Marquez is among the riders in the field.

The premier class of MotoGP has yet to hit the track this season as its opener was canceled and the next three races were postponed, including the Grand Prix of the Americas being moved from April 5 to Nov. 15.

Several other racing series have tried online racing in recent weeks.

IMSA held a “SuperSaturday at Sebring” March 21 in place of the postponed Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. NASCAR started its Pro Invitational Series last Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway and will continue Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. IndyCar kicked off its six-race IndyCar iRacing Challenge with a Saturday race at Watkins Glen International that was won by Sage Karam.