Harry Tincknell says that his test for Panasonic Jaguar Racing in Marrakesh gave him renewed impetus to look for a future race seat in the all-electric championship.
E-racing365 understands that Tincknell impressed Jaguar’s engineering team during the test which saw him carry out a number of key runs for the British manufacturer.
Tincknell, who currently holds two manufacturer sports car drives in the FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for Ford and Mazda, wants to pursue a Formula E race drive.
He already tested for Jaguar in the summer of 2016 when the British marque began its program, while he also ran with NIO at the previous Marrakesh test last year.
“From my point of view the two biggest things at the test were to give useful, clear feedback and bring the car back in one piece, so that’s good because we achieved these aims,” Tincknell told e-racing365.
“I’m only 27 but it’s kind of natural now for me to walk into a works team, a real manufacturer set up and feel at home, have the confidence to give direction and quality feedback.
“This was a great opportunity with a top manufacturer like Jaguar, hopefully there is going to be a little bit more behind the scenes work at some point, I’m not sure yet, we’ll go back and assess and go from there.”
Tincknell acknowledged his current commitments in endurance racing but also stated that he has a deep interest in Formula E after sampling Gen 2 machinery for the first time.
“I’m very lucky with what I’ve got at the moment you know. Not many people are doing WEC and IMSA with two manufacturers, so I am in a good place at the moment,” he said.
“Everything’s going electric and hybrid, so I think if you are currently in Formula E that is going to stand you in good stead for the next 15 years and hopefully I’ve got at least 15 years left in my career, so we will see if I can get here.”
Tincknell Enjoys Positive Marrakesh Test
Tincknell says he focused his running in Morocco on a set test program to help Jaguar after its race-day running was compromized by damage.
“We had quite a clear test program to work through with both mechanical and software aspects,” said Tincknell.
“We came away with some solid conclusions things and certainly some directions to go in other areas.
“I think I was P4 on the 225 kW laps, but I didn’t manage to complete a 250 kW lap.
“It was nice to be back with Jaguar as it is clearly a podium achieving team now, whereas obviously before it was in its real infancy, so it is great to see.”