MITCH EVANS LEADS NICK CASSIDY TO ANOTHER JAGUAR TCS RACING DOUBLE PODIUM IN FORMULA E’S SHANGHAI DEBUT - Middle East News 247
July 16, 2024
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MITCH EVANS LEADS NICK CASSIDY TO ANOTHER JAGUAR TCS RACING DOUBLE PODIUM IN FORMULA E’S SHANGHAI DEBUT

Jaguar TCS Racing’s Mitch Evans pulled off a final-lap manoeuvre to claim victory in Round 11 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship at the Shanghai E-Prix on Saturday, seizing the win from TAG Heuer Porsche’s Pascal Wehrlein as the Championship returns to China for the first time in more than four years.

Starting from third on the grid, Evans quickly moved to the front by lap 7, overtaking polesitter Jean-Éric Vergne (DS PENSKE) and Nissan’s Oliver Rowland. Evans also took on both Porsches of Wehrlein and António Félix da Costa, as the duo worked in tandem through ATTACK MODE to maintain track position and manage their energy levels effectively.

As the race progressed, the top six drivers jockeyed for position, aiming to avoid the mid-pack chaos and secure a shot at the podium. By the halfway mark on lap 16, the Porsches, led by Wehrlein and closely followed by Evans, dominated the field, running nose-to-tail with minimal separation.

On lap 19, Evans, with a slight energy advantage, overtook da Costa in Sector 1. Meanwhile, Championship leader Nick Cassidy of Jaguar TCS Racing managed to climb to fourth by Lap 23, boasting a significant energy reserve over the leaders.

Reigning champion Jake Dennis (Andretti Formula E Team) briefly joined the lead group, but the Jaguars’ superior energy management soon became evident. Cassidy overtook da Costa for third as the laps dwindled.

With Wehrlein facing a two-percent energy deficit to the Jaguars, he employed every defensive tactic to fend off Evans and Cassidy. The decisive moment came on the final lap when Evans, after a failed attempt at the hairpin, executed a daring outside pass on Wehrlein to take the lead. Evans maintained this position to the finish line, while Cassidy’s last-second challenge on Wehrlein saw him settle for third, narrowly avoiding a late surge from Rowland.

Rounding out the top ten was da Costa in fifth, Dennis sixth, followed by Vergne who dropped to seventh despite starting from pole. Nyck de Vries secured his first points for Mahindra by finishing eighth. Maserati MSG Racing’s Maximilian Günther and Envision Racing’s Sébastien Buemi crossed the line ninth and tenth respectively. Though a subsequent penalty for Günther promoted DS PENSKE’s Stoffel Vandoorne into the points.

This latest performance from the Jaguar TCS Racing team propels Cassidy to the top of the Drivers’ standings with 155 points, ahead of Wehrlein’s 142 and Rowland’s 130. Jaguar TCS Racing also extends its lead in the Teams’ FIA World Championship standings by 66 points, with three wins in the last four races.

Mitch Evans, No. 9, Jaguar TCS Racing, said: “Super happy, but it was not an easy race to manage. Starting towards the front can be good, it can be bad, but I think we managed it well. I thought I got into the lead at the right time, but actually Pascal [Wehrlein] kind of caught me napping a bit into Turn 8 and he put his nose up and then had another go at me. I’m surprised they didn’t get anything for going off track and passing me, so we have to look at that afterwards.

“I had the energy advantage so I just wanted to bide my time and hopefully let the race come to me, and it did so yeah, super stoked to get this one three for [Jaguar TCS Racing Team]. Great points for our championship, it was a good one.”

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