Simon Evans has described taking victory in the first ever Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY race, held in support of the Ad Diriyah E-Prix earlier this month, as “special”.
The New Zealander led from start-to-finish to claim the win for his Team Asia New Zealand outfit, after starting from the front of the 12-car field.
Qualifying was scrapped due to the flooded track, meaning that the Kiwi’s best time from Free Practice was sufficient to grab the championship’s first pole position.
He successfully defended from Bryan Sellers throughout the race, with the American eventually finishing third and behind Sergio Jimenez.
“To win the first ever electric production-based championship [race] feels amazing,” Evans told e-racing365.
“It’s special, it is now there in the record books now so it is a big deal and I am just really thankful to my team and also Jaguar for creating this championship.”
Evans described how he explored the treacherous conditions early on in the race after significant rainfall had made the grip levels difficult to judge.
“At the start of the race I felt like a bit of a guinea pig because everyone was looking at the conditions and we anticipated that the track would dry quicker than it did,” he said.
“The car wasn’t ideal for those conditions but it was ok and we just had to make do with it.
“Bryan had a bit more pace than I did so I just had to make sure I got exits of corners right and try and get a car length ahead down the straight so he couldn’t try anything at the braking areas.
“I hadn’t driven in the wet with the I-PACE but I knew Bryan and Katherine [Legge] had so they probably had a bit of an advantage.”