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Closed Circuit: Panasonic Jaguar Racing in Hong Kong


It’s said that you progress going step by step. That is exactly what Panasonic Jaguar Racing are doing in their first Formula E season: after one car finished outside of the points and the other retired in Hong Kong, the British squad were stronger on African soil with both drivers finishing the race, and improvements on operational issues could be seen. It may not be the biggest step, but could prove to be an important one.

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The British team arrived in the Moroccan city aiming for a better performance and result after a disappointing race in Hong Kong last month. Despite not achieving good results in qualifying and not scoring any points, both Evans and Carroll could finish the race, completing one of the team’s goals set for Marrakesh.

This time, pit stops and car swaps were carried out well and both drivers had no issues when going back on track. By the end of the race, the New Zealander Evans did touch the wall, but this did not impede him finishing the race, as he saw the chequered flag in P17. Northern Ireland’s Adam Carroll achieved a 14th place finish in his second Formula E race.

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“Even though we’ve had a tough race there are still many positives and further learnings that can be taken away from today. […] 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”, expressed a rather positive Team Director, James Barclay.


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FP1 saw the New Zealander position himself 8th in the standings, starting the day off on the right foot. However, he dropped to 14th in FP2, heading to qualifying with mixed results that morning.

Evans was in Group 2 of qualifying, along Turvey, Buemi, Heidfeld, and Sarrazin. He was unable to position himself in the Top 3 of the standings, which cost him a drop to P16 by the time all drivers had completed qualifying and Super Pole sessions.

The race itself started rather negatively for the Kiwi, after making contact with Loïc Duval, costing him the loss of some places. He could gain a number of positions, and did the car swap at the end of lap 17, leaving the pitw behind teammate Adam Carroll.

By the end of the race, he touched the wall after locking up; yet this did not force him to retire, and he could cross the line in P17 for his first finish in Formula E, albeit a lap down.

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Best time in FP1: 1:23.133 (P8)


Best time in FP2: 1:22.591 (P14)


Best time in qualifying: 1:22.355 (P16)


Best time in the race: 1:24.982 (lap 24)


Pit stop time and difference to minimum pit stop time: 54.817s (4.817s above minimum time)

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“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”, said the driver from New Zealand once the race had finished.


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What seemed rather negative at the beginning of the day from the Northern Irish driver, ended up being a performance better than the one expected. With P16 and P20 in FP1 and FP2, respectively; Carroll was part of Group 4 in qualifying.

A mistake he made in qualifying, positioned him in P20, which meant that he’d have to gain positions as soon as red lights went out. He did not disappoint, though, and completed a brilliant car swap, as the team would later report.

He left the pits ahead of his teammate and did a clean race from car swap onwards. By the time the chequered flag was waved, he was in P14, completing his second Formula E race managing energy perfectly and showing a strong performance.

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Best time in FP1: 1:23.714 (P16)


Best time in FP2: 1:24.431 (P20)


Best time in qualifying: 1:25.695 (P20)


Best time in the race: 1:24.906 (lap 24)


Pit stop time and difference to minimum pit stop time: 52.310s (2.310s above minimum time)

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“It was great to finish my second race for Panasonic Jaguar Racing and gain more track time. […] 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,” expressed the Northern Irish driver.


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Andrea Perilli |


Images courtesy of Rajan Jangda