Dale Budge is a sports writer for the NZ Herald.

Motorsport: Evans finds spark after dipping out on FE point

Mitch Evans - Panasonic Jaguar Racing. Photo / photosport
Mitch Evans - Panasonic Jaguar Racing. Photo / photosport

Kiwi racer Mitch Evans is hoping to go one better and register his first championship point at Formula E's Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City on Sunday.

The Panasonic Jaguar Racing factory driver looked primed to take a breakthrough championship point in the last round in Argentina before bad luck hit his chances late in the race.

This year - Evans's and the team's first in the emerging category - was always about learning and improving but the team exceeded expectations in Argentina.

"It felt great to have such a positive weekend in Buenos Aires," Evans said. "With each race, the whole process becomes smoother and more streamlined. I'm really enjoying the feeling in the garage and getting to know the engineers and mechanics really well.

"We are progressing through our programme as planned, getting the first few races under our belts, gathering important data and it's great to learn from each race, whether on track or in the way we operate as a team."

They will get another opportunity to get a breakthrough point at one of only two permanent race tracks used on the Formula E calendar.

The 2.09km, 18-turn circuit is located in the heart of Mexico City at more than 2000m above sea-level.

"The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez is a legendary circuit," Evans said. "So many heroes of our sport have raced here and it's one of the races I have been most excited about.

"The circuit has been fun to drive in the simulator but there is no substitute for getting out on track.

"Unlike many of the drivers, I haven't raced there before, but my experience in Buenos Aires has helped me find the confidence to push the car and continue the momentum we have been building since the winter break."

- NZ Herald

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