Evans reflects on his third consecutive Rome victory

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Evans reflects on his third consecutive Rome victory

Despite no driver having ever won the Hankook Rome E-Prix from the Julius Baer Pole Position in its long Formula E history, Jaguar TCS Racing’s Mitch Evans managed to end that curse today.

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Starting from the first place grid slot, Evans navigated the hot and humid conditions and a lengthy red flag period to leave the first race of the double header as the winner. It’s a circuit the Kiwi knows well, with this victory being his fourth here - taking the crown of most wins at a single location. 

He also achieved the fastest lap of the race, making him the first driver since Avalanche Andretti’s Jake Dennis at the London E-Prix last season to take home the maximum points available with pole, win and the fastest lap. 

Speaking about his win after the race, Evans was quick to reference the crash that occurred on lap 10 that involved his teammate, Sam Bird. The shunt which involved six of the drivers, created a 45 minute red flag period, although thankfully none of them were hurt in the accident. 

“It was almost two races that we had,” Evans said. “First of all, it was good to see everyone was fine after that shunt. It was pretty big and Sam had a pretty scary moment. 

“Then after that I was a little bit down on energy compared to Nick Cassidy (Envision Racing) and Jake Dennis (Avalanche Andretti), so I had to try and equalise that but the energy target dropped a lot after the Safety Car. It became a lot more of an energy race that we were expecting, but I could manage it well. The team also guided me through like always and left the rest with me. 

“I had one little scare, missing the ATTACK MODE loop. I was going through there super slow but still missed it! Need to practice that tomorrow.”

The result moves Evans up into third in the standings as we head into the final three races. He sits on 151 points after his sweep today, with Dennis in second on 166 and Cassidy back in the championship lead with 171 points to his name. 

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“Still a huge result, maximum points today. This is what I needed. Only a small dent into Cassidy’s lead, but it’s better than nothing.”