Motorsport: Evans seeking progress in Marrakesh

By Dale Budge

Mitch Evans driving the Panasonic Jaguar Racing car at Hong Kong. Photo / Getty Images
Mitch Evans driving the Panasonic Jaguar Racing car at Hong Kong. Photo / Getty Images

Kiwi race driver Mitch Evans is hoping to take another progress step at the second round of the Formula E world championship in Morocco this weekend.

Evans, who is in his first season in the category, is helping the fledgling Jaguar works team get up to speed in their debut season.

The 22-year-old Aucklander made his debut in Hong Kong last month but was forced out of the race after an electrical issue. Both he and the team gained some vital experience during practice and qualifying but they'll want to go a step further at Marrakesh this week.

"We have to be really realistic with our goals this season," Evans tells herald.co.nz. "Adam [teammate Adam Carroll] and I are both rookies and the team is brand new so we have a huge disadvantage there compared to all of the other teams.

"We are not looking at results at this stage. It is more about learning and getting up to speed.

"The condensed format with everything all on the one day definitely is challenging.

"There is a very high level of drivers that are competing there. It is great to be a part of it."

Evans is excited about what Formula E is and the potential it has.

"I can see it growing a lot to be honest. It is attracting a new audience. The hard core race fan might not be into it just yet but this is the future.

"It will continue to grow with the manufacturers coming on board.

"It is already growing at a very fast rate."

The GP2 series driver says the unique format used in Formula E will attract a lot more interest from potential host cities than other types of motorsport.

"The one-day format works well especially for the host cities because we are on city roads and it minimises the disruption but still delivers a great event," he says.

"I'm really looking forward to the experiences at places like New York, Monaco and Paris."

- NZ Herald

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