Mitch Evans Secures Victory For The Third Time
With the inaugural Jakarta E-Prix, Mitch Evans secured his third victory of the season for Jaguar TCS Racing.
Lined up third on the grid after the semi-final Duels, the hottest race of the season so far saw the 27-year-old Evans hold his position as the lights went green. Overtaking António Félix Da Costa, he took on Jean-Éric Vergne and Edoardo Mortara in an intense and strategic battle for the race lead. With six minutes left, Mitch daringly overtook Jean-Éric Vergne to move back into first place of the Jakarta E-Prix, holding the lead until the chequered flag fell.
Securing the fastest lap of the race with 1:09.786, the Kiwi demonstrated the pace of the Jaguar I-TYPE 5 in very challenging conditions.
Sam Bird also had a fruitful race, carving his way through the field from fourteenth to finish in ninth. The British driver also demonstrated the pace of the Jaguar I-TYPE 5 making eight decisive overtakes throughout the duration of the race.
James Barclay, Jaguar TCS Racing Team Principal said, “It’s been a fantastic day for the team. A double-points finish and a win for Mitch in what was a really strategic and challenging race today is a fantastic result for the team. It was incredibly close racing all the way through and required cool heads and a well-executed race and that is exactly what Mitch and the team delivered, I am very proud of everyone. As a proud British team and company, we are also really honoured to dedicate this win to Her Majesty the Queen on her Jubilee weekend.”
Said Mitch Evans, Jaguar TCS Racing driver #9, “It feels amazing to get my third win of the season. Physically today was really quite difficult, the temperature and humidity were both really high, but we managed to get our strategy right for pretty much the whole race. The balance of the I-TYPE 5 was incredible. Overall, the team delivered another amazing race for me.”
Mitch Evans remains fourth in the drivers’ standings, while Sam Bird is twelfth. Jaguar TCS Racing sits fourth in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship teams’ standings.
Jaguar returned to racing in October 2016 and in season seven Jaguar TCS Racing finished runners-up in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship teams’ standings – the most successful so far in its Formula E history.
Formula E remains a key priority for Jaguar Land Rover and the company’s Reimagine strategy to becoming an all-electric luxury brand from 2025. As the only all-electric world championship, Formula E allows the brand to test and develop new electric vehicle technologies in a high-performance environment. It continues to be the test-bed for Jaguar’s Race to Innovate mission that will see Race to Road and Road to Race learnings that will help shape an electric future that Jaguar is passionate about, and dedicated to for the benefit of our society, the changing landscape of mobility, sustainability and our customers.