66 Magazine Issue 4 Summer 2018 - Page 20

K I W I R A C E R S I M O N E VA N S J O I N S J AG UA R I - PAC E ETROPHY R ACE SERIES New Zealand’s Simon Evans will race in the newly-announced Jaguar I-Pace eTROPHY all-electric production race series, which kicks off in December for Team Asia New Zealand, sponsored primarily by the Giltrap Group. Jaguar Racing has revealed more details of teams taking part in the inaugural Jaguar I-Pace eTROPHY, the world’s first all-electric production-based race series. Among them is Team Asia New Zealand, sponsored primarily by the Giltrap Group, as well as Wearnes Automotive, and Access Group Pvt Ltd, Sri Lanka; all official importers and distributors of Jaguar Land Rover vehicles in their respective countries. “Motorsport is a great passion for the Giltrap Group, and we are proud to support New Zealander’s racing all over the world,” says Michael Giltrap, Joint Managing Director of the Giltrap Group. “The chance to back the Team Asia New Zealand e-TROPHY entry was an easy decision. Not only does it further confirm our commitment to zero-emission vehicles, but it showcases both Jaguar’s impressive I-Pace and New Zealand’s impressive driving talent in Simon Evans.” Simon, brother of Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver, Mitch Evans, will compete in the championship, which begins on 15 December in Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. The Jaguar I-Pace eTROPHY will be the official support race to ABB FIA Formula E, and will take place on the same city street circuits at 10 rounds of the championship. “I am thrilled to be representing Team Asia New Zealand and am grateful for the opportunity to be part of electric racing history,” says Evans, who comes from a family of pedigreed racers in New Zealand. “My brother races in Formula E, and I’ve been following it for a few years now; it’s definitely the future, so it’s great to be involved.” Evans attended the championship’s acclimatisation test at Silverstone, UK in September, as well as pre-season testing at Rockingham, UK in October, where he banked valuable test laps. “The car exceeded all my expectations, it was really nice to drive and the braking performance is really good. Having my brother there will be great too – we’ll be supporting each other, and he’ll definitely be pushing me on.” 18 66 MagAzine SUMMER 2018