Panasonic Jaguar Racing team principal James Barclay says the team’s first ABB FIA Formula E Championship win in Rome will spur it on to achieve more victories.
The British manufacturer took its maiden win after Mitch Evans muscled past pole-sitter Andre Lotterer in the second half of Saturday’s red flag-disrupted contest.
“We genuinely had a really hard race to win and we had the car and the pace to do it,” Barclay told e-racing365.
“Now we have our first one out of the way. It gives us a lot of confidence that we can win more.
“We know we have the car, we have the driver line up, we know that we have the people to make things happen.”
Barclay lauded Jaguar’s first international championship victory since the 1991 World SportsCar Championship race at the Nürburgring where David Brabham and Derek Warwick won in a TWR Jaguar XJR14.
“It’s just the start and a really good start,” he said.
“Hopefully, [it’s] one of many to come and it just feels great for Jaguar to win for the first time [in International racing] since 1991.
“This championship is phenomenally tough, so the satisfaction levels are really high after what was achieved today.”
“Great Talent” Evans Will Get Stronger
Barclay believes that Evans, whose win promoted him to fourth in the drivers’ standings and four points off leader Jerome d’Ambrosio, will become a more potent force in the second half of the season.
The Kiwi had previously scored Jaguar’s first point, pole position and podium in Formula E before sealing another team milestone with victory in the GEOX Rome E-Prix.
“I’m really, really proud of Mitch, because he’s someone who we saw have this super raw talent and ability, and we’ve seen how strong he’s becoming,” said Barclay.
“He’s someone who, with this win under his belt, will have a lot of confidence.
“He’s already a very strong proposition and will only be even stronger in this championship.”
Evans’ 25-point haul today also promoted Panasonic Jaguar Racing from 8th to 6th place in the 2018-19 teams’ standings, while his teammate Alex Lynn finished just outside the points on his debut with the manufacturer.