Mitch Evans storms from 16th to fourth in Uruguay. The Jaguar I-TYPE 2 competitive pace in qualifying and race. Panasonic Jaguar Racing team workkeeps Mitch and Nelson on track and in fourth place in team standings
PANASONIC JAGUAR RACING’S MITCH EVANS STORMS TO MORE POINTS IN PUNTA DEL ESTE
First off, Mitch Evans storms from 16th to fourth in Uruguay. Jaguar I-TYPE 2 shows competitive pace in qualifying and race.
Therefore, Panasonic Jaguar FIA Electric Racing team work keeps Mitch and Nelson on track and in fourth place in the team standings.
Punta del Este, Uruguay, Saturday 17 March 2018: Panasonic Jaguar Racing raced to another fourth place finish in the ABB FIA Formula E Punta del Este E-Prix. This is cause of the team’s continuous improvement. That’s since entering the electric street racing series.
Hence, a rollercoaster qualifying session. It saw Mitch Evans go through to his second super pole shoot out of the season. That was with the third fastest time. In addition, team mate Nelson Piquet Jr suffered damage to his car. Damage after hitting one of the circuit’s unforgiving walls. However, In super pole, Mitch Evans put his Jaguar I-TYPE 2 third quickest. Most noteworthy, before a technical infringement pushed him back to 16th on the starting grid.
Both Nelson and Mitch made encouraging starts to the race. Yet moving forward together and before a safety car on lap five paused progress. Unfortunately, Nelson suffered a technical issue shortly after. Sadly and had to retire before the end of the race.
Showcasing his determination, raw-pace and instinct for overtaking, Mitch Evans was soon into the top ten. Thereby and by lap eighteen he was well-placed for more points. Following a quick pit stop he sat sixth. That was with less than fifteen laps remaining. He completed one of the overtaking moves of the day. Which was on the inside of Alex Lynn at the daunting turn 13 and therefore to cross the line in fourth.
As the British team head back to Europe it hit them. For the first Rome E-Prix Mitch Evans has moved up to sixth in the driver standings. Nelson remains one place higher in fifth.
Mitch Evans, #20: “After starting out of place with the penalty and starting towards the back it was a really good recovery. It’s a bit frustrating as we could have pushed the guys at the front if we started up there but it gives us confidence for the rest of the season. It was a sprint race today and I enjoyed racing hard. Unfortunately not a podium but we’re looking forward to Rome and we’ll give it our best.”
On Saturday 14 April Panasonic Jaguar Racing will race in Rome for the first time in Formula E’s history.
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ABOUT PANASONIC JAGUAR RACING
Jaguar returned to racing in October 2016, becoming the first premium manufacturer to join the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship street racing series.
Jaguar’s Formula E programme will create tangible R&D benefits for the electrification of future Jaguar Land Rover road cars and is designed around the team’s founding principle, ‘Race to Innovate’.
Manufacturers can design their own powertrain, which includes the motor, transmission, inverter and rear suspension. Common components across all teams to control costs include the carbon fibre chassis and battery. The focus is on developing electric vehicle powertrains.
Beyond its all-electric concept, Formula E is unique in the world of motorsport for its choice of venues. With the exception of the Mexico E-Prix, every round of the championship takes place on temporary street circuits in the centre of the world’s major cities. All track action including practice, qualifying and racing takes place in a single day. Beginning on December 2, the 2017/18 calendar includes 12 races in 10 cities, including double-header races in Hong Kong and the finale in New York.