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Panasonic #jaguar Racing’s second race in the 2016/17 FIA #formulae Championship saw both drivers successfully complete the longest race distance in the history of the series. #racing in the heart of #marrakesh old city, Adam Carroll and Mitch Evans crossed the line in P14 and P17 respectively.
The first #formulae race to take place on the African continent, the #marrakesh ePrix is one of only two traditional race tracks on the #formulae calendar and the longest circuit the drivers will experience this year, at 2.97km with 12 turns.
Both Panasonic #jaguar #racing drivers came into the pits on lap 18, one lap after many of the other teams due to efficient energy management from the team. Mitch entered the pitlane ahead of Adam, but it was Adam who exited in front after an electrifying car swap in the garage.
The circuit provided many challenges for the drivers. Following a lock up on his qualifying lap, Adam started the race from P20 and through positive energy management and a solid pitstop, gained six positions to finish in P14, followed by Mitch who recovered from a lock up, which saw him run off track to finish P17.
“Even though we’ve had a tough race there are still many positives and further learnings that can be taken away from today. Ultimately we didn’t maximise our potential in qualifying, but we know we had a faster car than the times showed.
Mitch’s race was compromised when he was hit by another driver which put him out of track position. He recovered well to get back into the race and managed to fight his way up through the grid.
Adam showed some great race craft and pace which saw him gain places and he managed to move forward to 14th position.
We had no reliability issues throughout the weekend which is reassuring for our new team and we were moving forward up the grid. We also made some good improvements on team operations after lessons learnt in Hong Kong which is positive for Panasonic #jaguar #racing as a team.
We had all four #jaguar I-TYPEs finish the race and we can now go into the break before Buenos Aires with a lot of data and lessons to implement to make sure that we get the best out of the cars and team in the third ePrix of the season.”
Adam Carroll, 47, P14:
“It was great to finish my second race for Panasonic #jaguar #racing and gain more track time. My race was compromised by a mistake in my qualifying lap. This meant I started at the back so I had a busy race trying to move up the pack. We had a quick car change and the second half of the race felt really strong. It was good to build on Hong Kong and the team is improving with every session. As we go into the break we have a lot of great learnings to implement for the next race in Buenos Aires.”
Mitch Evans, 20, P17:
“Tough day in the office in #marrakesh. I had frustrating start of the race after contact with Loic Duval which put me out of position. I then spent the rest of the race trying to recover. Fortunately, I managed to gain some positions before I kissed the wall towards the end of the race after a lock up when I was trying to save some energy. Luckily, there was no damage to the car. It’s a shame about the race but that’s #racing and the main thing is that we now have further data to analyse and digest during the gap to the next race. Hopefully, the break won’t feel too long as I’m already looking forward to #racing in Buenos Aires in February.”
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