Evans relishing ‘fresh start’ in Formula E with Jaguar

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GAYDON, UK – Mitch Evans says he is relishing the opportunity to make a “fresh start” with Jaguar in Formula E after spending the past four years racing in GP2.

Evans, 22, was announced as one of Jaguar’s full-time race drivers for its maiden Formula E season as it prepares to return to top-line international motorsport after a 12-year absence.

Evans won the GP3 title back in 2012 before stepping up to GP2, where he has won five races and recorded a best finish of fourth place in the drivers’ standings in 2014.

The New Zealander has completed some sportscar racing over the past two seasons, as well as testing a Porsche LMP1 car last winter, hinting at a desire to move out of GP2.

At the launch of Jaguar’s first Formula E car, the I-Type, on Thursday, Evans said he felt ready to cut ties with GP2 and make the next step up in his career.

“I’m ready to depart GP2. It hasn’t gone overly well for me,” Evans told NBC Sports.

“This is a great way to have a fresh start and I’m really excited by the future of the championship.

“I’m delighted to be joining Formula E with Jaguar. It’s a bit of a dream for me. I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead and to be racing some of the top drivers in the world as well.

“It’s all come in a bit quick for me, a lot to soak up, but I’m excited for the season to start in Hong Kong.”

Evans confirmed that he would see out the GP2 season with Campos, the final two rounds scheduled in Malaysia and Abu Dhabi on weekends that do not clash with Formula E.

“I’ve got a contract with the team. It’s a bit of a sore subject,” Evans said.

“It’s just the way it works out sometimes. At least I can say I’m a GP3 champion, which is nice. I’ve won five GP2 races, so there’s a lot of things I can be proud of in GP2. Just obviously the championship hasn’t worked out.

“Now I’ve got a really exciting new chapter, but I will see out the GP2 championship. There are only two races left. Hopefully we can end that on a high going into Formula E.”

Evans is also open to dovetailing his Formula E commitments with a drive in another series, with a large number of the current grid also racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

“I’d love it. I’d love to line another category up parallel to this,” Evans said.

“Obviously they don’t clash, most of the drivers do that anyway. I would love to do that. There are only a couple of championships that allow you to.

“We’ll see. At the moment this is my main priority. If I can find something else, that would be great, in the WEC or whatever it is.

“At the moment I’m focusing on this and soaking in the new opportunity, and then I’ll go from there.”

Evans will make his Formula E debut at the opening race of season three in Hong Kong on October 9.

Seattle Supercross by the numbers: Three riders separated by 17 points


Three riders remain locked in a tight battle with 17 points separating the leader Cooper Webb from third-place Chase Sexton and these are only a few Supercross numbers to consider entering Seattle.

Seattle Supercross numbers
Chase Sexton made a statement in Detroit with his second win of 2023. – Feld Motor Sports

For the fifth time in 10 rounds. Sexton, Webb, and Eli Tomac shared the podium in Detroit. Between them, the trio has taken 23 podiums, leaving only seven for the remainder of the field. Jason Anderson, Ken Roczen and Justin Barcia have two each with Aaron Plessinger scoring the other.

Webb and Tomac won the last four championships with two apiece in alternating years, but they were not one another’s primary rival for most of those seasons. On the average, however, the past four years show an incredible similarity with average points earned of 21.0 for Webb and 21.3 for Tomac. With five wins so far this season, Tomac (23 wins) leads Webb (19) in victories but Webb (43) edges Tomac (41) in podium finishes during this span.

Tomac has won two of the last three Seattle races and those two wins in this stadium are topped only by James Stewart. Fittingly, if Tomac gets a third win this week, he will tie Stewart for second on the all-time wins’ list. Tomac tied Ricky Carmichael for third with 48 wins at Oakland and took sole possession of that spot with his Daytona win.

Sexton still has a lot to say and after winning last week in Detroit, he is speaking up. The Supercross numbers are against him entering Seattle, however, because a points’ deficit this large after Round 10 has been erased only once. In 1983 David Bailey was 47 points behind Bob Hannah, and like Sexton he was also in third place. Bailey took the points’ lead with one race remaining.

The seven points Sexton was penalized last week for jumping in a red cross flag section in Detroit could prove extremely costly.

In fact, it has been a series of mistakes that has cost Sexton the most. In the last two weeks, he lost 10 points with a 10th-place finish to go with his penalty. Erase those, and all three riders hold their fate in their hands.

Plessinger’s heartbreak in Detroit is still fresh, but the upside of his run is that was his best of the season and could turn his fortunes around. Prior to that race, he led only seven laps in three mains. He was up front for 20 laps in Detroit with five of those being the fastest on the track.

Last week’s win by Hunter Lawrence tied him with his brother Jett Lawrence for 17th on the all-time wins’ list. With the focus shifting to 250 West for the next two rounds, Jett has a great opportunity to pull back ahead. The real test will be at the first East / West Showdown in East Rutherford, New Jersey on April 22.

Last Five Seattle Winners

2022: Eli Tomac
2019: Marvin Musquin
2018: Eli Tomac
2017: Marvin Musquin
2014: Ryan Villopoto

2022: Hunter Lawrence
2019: Dylan Ferrandis
2018: Aaron Plessinger
2017: Aaron Plessinger
2014: Cole Seely

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