Mitch Evans

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Mitchell William Evans
Nationality  New Zealander
Born (1994-06-24) 24 June 1994 (age 20)
Auckland (New Zealand)
Related to Simon Evans (brother)
2014 GP2 Series
Debut season 2013
Current team RT Russian Time
Car no. 1
Former teams Arden International
Wins 2
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Previous series
201112
201012
2009
2009
2008–09
2008
2008
2007–08
2007
GP3 Series
Toyota Racing Series
Australian Drivers' Champ.
Formula Ford Australia
Formula Ford Fiesta Series
Formula Ford New Zealand
FFord Manfeild Winter Series
Formula First New Zealand
FFirst Manfeild Winter Series
Championship titles
2012
2010, 2011
2010, 2011
2011
GP3 Series
Toyota Racing Series
TRS International Trophy
New Zealand Grand Prix
Awards
2011 Jim Clark Trophy

Mitchell Evans (born 24 June 1994), is a motor racing driver from New Zealand who won the 2012 GP3 Series and is contesting the 2014 GP2 Series with RT Russian Time.[1] He previously won the 2010 and 2011 Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand and was runner up in the 2010 Australian Drivers' Championship despite missing three races. When he won the New Zealand Grand Prix in February 2011, it is believed he became the youngest driver to win an international grand prix anywhere in the world at only 16.[2]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Auckland, Evans was a champion karter in both restricted 100cc karts, and also won the CIK Trophy of New Zealand at JICA level. He moved to Formula First for the 2007 season, competing in three races of the Winter Series at Manfeild Autocourse, and ending the season eighteenth in the championship. He contested the full New Zealand championship in 2007–08, finishing ninth overall and recording a fastest lap.

Formula Ford[edit]

He returned to Manfield for the 2008 Winter Series, but in Formula Ford, winning seven of 12 races he contested to take the championship. In his national Formula Ford campaign in 2008–09, Evans battled with Tauranga's Richie Stanaway who came out on top by just over 100 points. Evans won six races during the season, including doubles at Taupo and Manfeild.

For 2009, Evans moved to the Australian Formula Ford Championship, and competed in the Victorian state championship. Evans was runner-up in the standings, losing out to CAMS Rising Star Luke Ellery in the state championship, and in the national championship to his team-mate at Sonic Motor Racing Services, Nick Percat. During the season, Evans became the youngest round winner in the championship's history, when he won at Sandown Raceway in August.[3] As well as that win, he won five other races including a weekend sweep at Queensland Raceway, and a double win at Surfers Paradise.

Formula Three[edit]

Evans at the fourth round of the 2010 Australian Drivers' Championship at Mallala.

Evans was drafted in by Australian Formula 3 entrant Team BRM to compete for them at the final round of the season, at Sandown.[4] BRM acquired Evans' services to help with Joey Foster's championship bid. Evans was quickly on the pace, setting the fastest time in the official practice session,[5] and third in qualifying. In the first race, he ended up fourth overall and third in the Gold Star class, edging out Kristian Lindbom by just over a tenth of a second. However in the second race, Evans led home his team-mate Foster to become the youngest winner of the Formula 3 Superprix, but Foster won the Australian Drivers' Championship.[6]

For the 2010 season, Evans raced in New Zealand's Toyota Racing Series with the Giles Motorsport team. At the first round, Evans took pole position and won the race, a feat that had not been achieved since Brendon Hartley made his debut in the 2005 Toyota Racing Series.[7] He added a second win at Timaru, and won the first contemporary formulae race at the new Hampton Downs Motorsport Park. He claimed the title at Taupo by three points, holding off New Zealander Earl Bamber who won all three races at the circuit.

Evans returned to Australian Formula 3 for the 2010 Australian Drivers' Championship, and won the first three races of the season at Wakefield Park. He skipped the second round at Symmons Plains to test a Formula Abarth car at Misano in Italy.[8] But quickly resumed winning at Phillip Island.

GP3[edit]

2011[edit]

Evans was signed to race in the 2011 GP3 Series in Europe by the MW Arden team which is co-owned by Christian Horner (principal of F1's Red Bull Racing), and Red Bull driver Mark Webber (Evans' manager).[9] The series features identical new design Dallara-Renaults, and is considered to be the feeder to GP2 and then F1.

Evans won the feature race at Circuit de Catalunya in Spain, having finishing sixth and seventh in the first two races at the first round which was staged at Istanbul Park in Turkey . He then went into the Valencia Grand Prix in third place in the championship, and emerged leading the championship after a third in the feature and fourth in the sprint. He held a four point lead over second placed Nigel Melker for the GP3 drivers' championship and MW Arden was leading the constructors championship too.

However, his performance dropped off for the rest of the season, and he only achieved another point scoring round when eighth in the feature race of the final round of the championship in Italy. He eventually finished ninth in the championship with 29 points.

2012[edit]

Retained by MW Arden for the 2012 GP3 Season,[10] Evans began with a win in the feature race at the opening round of the championship in Spain.[11] He also had wins at Valencia in Spain and on the Hockenheimring in Germany, and a second and two thirds. He took his fourth pole position of the season at the final venue, Monza in Italy, but did not complete the feature race, requiring him to start from the back of the grid in race two. Evans worked his way through the field to seventh, but a puncture effectively ended his race, and the points for the fastest lap he recorded could not be claimed because he finished outside the top 10. Daniel Abt of Germany finished second in the race and was runner up to Evans in the championship by only two points.

Mark Webber told the media he was very proud of his protege, and he predicted Evans would move to GP2 in 2013. "There are a lot of good drivers in it (GP3),” he said, “yet it was Mitch who had the most poles and the most wins of anyone. He's learning all the time and I look forward to him moving up to another category next year and showing everyone what an exceptional talent he is." [12]

GP2[edit]

2013[edit]

Webber's prediction was correct because Evans moved up to GP2 with Arden as teammate to the very experienced Johnny Cecotto Jr. In the first racing weekend of the season, at Sepang in Malaysia where he had never raced before, Evans was suffering from food poisoning and had handling problems in the first race. But he finished third in the second race[13] and at 18 years of age, and still a rookie, he became the youngest GP2 driver to stand on the podium.[14]

2014[edit]

For the 2014 season Evans will move to the Russian Time team alongside Artem Markelov. He has so far scored 2 victories this season - the feature races of the British and German rounds respectively.

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F. Laps Podiums Points Position
2007 Formula First Manfeild Winter Series 3 0 0 0 0 105 18th
2007–08 NZ Formula First Championship Sabre 18 0 0 1 0 707 9th
2008 Formula Ford Manfeild Winter Series Sabre 12 7 2 9 10 813 1st
2008–09 New Zealand Formula Ford Championship 21 6 3 5 13 1111 2nd
2009 Australian Drivers' Championship – Gold Star Team BRM 2 1 0 0 2 32 5th
Australian Formula Ford Championship Sonic Motor Racing Services 23 6 3 6 15 297 2nd
VSCRC Formula Ford Fiesta Series 2 1  ?  ? 1 176 2nd
2010 Toyota Racing Series Giles Motorsport 15 3 8 5 10 915 1st
Australian Drivers' Championship Team BRM 17 8 4 4 16 219 2nd
2011 Toyota Racing Series Giles Motorsport 15 7 6 5 14 973 1st
GP3 Series MW Arden 16 1 2 0 2 29 9th
British Formula Three Double R Racing 3 0 0 0 0 10 20th
2012 Toyota Racing Series Giles Motorsport 6 2 4 2 4 284 19th
GP3 Series MW Arden 16 3 4 3 6 151.5 1st
2013 Toyota Racing Series Giles Motorsport 3 2 2 1 2 204 18th
GP2 Series Arden International 22 0 0 0 4 56 14th

Complete GP3 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 D.C. Points
2011 MW Arden TUR
FEA

6
TUR
SPR

7
ESP
FEA

1
ESP
SPR

5
VAL
FEA

3
VAL
SPR

4
GBR
FEA

9
GBR
SPR

Ret
GER
FEA

19
GER
SPR

22
HUN
FEA

Ret
HUN
SPR

24†
BEL
FEA

11
BEL
SPR

Ret
ITA
FEA

8
ITA
SPR

Ret
9th 29
2012 MW Arden ESP
FEA

1
ESP
SPR

20
MON
FEA

5
MON
SPR

4
VAL
FEA

1
VAL
SPR

6
GBR
FEA

2
GBR
SPR

11
GER
FEA

8
GER
SPR

1
HUN
FEA

3
HUN
SPR

21
BEL
FEA

3
BEL
SPR

15
ITA
FEA

Ret
ITA
SPR

20
1st 151.5

Complete GP2 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2013 Arden International MYS
FEA

10
MYS
SPR

3
BHR
FEA

Ret
BHR
SPR

15
ESP
FEA

12
ESP
SPR

13
MON
FEA

3
MON
SPR

3
GBR
FEA

19
GBR
SPR

14
GER
FEA

16
GER
SPR

7
HUN
FEA

7
HUN
SPR

2
BEL
FEA

11
BEL
SPR

10
ITA
FEA

Ret
ITA
SPR

15
SGP
FEA

11
SGP
SPR

15
ABU
FEA

Ret
ABU
SPR

14
14th 56
2014 RT Russian Time BHR
FEA

14
BHR
SPR

7
ESP
FEA

14
ESP
SPR

20†
MON
FEA

2
MON
SPR

6
AUT
FEA

7
AUT
SPR

4
GBR
FEA

1
GBR
SPR

7
GER
FEA

1
GER
SPR

11
HUN
FEA

12
HUN
SPR

9
BEL
FEA

5
BEL
SPR

4
ITA
FEA

ITA
SPR

RUS
FEA

RUS
SPR

ABU
FEA

ABU
SPR

5th* 110*

* Season in progress.

Personal[edit]

Evans attended Saint Kentigern College in Pakuranga, Auckland, but left at the end of 2010 to pursue his career overseas.[15] Evans' career has been backed financially by entrepreneur Colin Giltrap, who helped establish careers for fellow New Zealand racing drivers Scott Dixon, Chris van der Drift and Brendon Hartley.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mitch Evans to make step up to GP2 series". stuff.co.nz. 16 January 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Evans becomes youngest Grand Prix winner". Toyota Racing Series. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  3. ^ "2009 Formula Ford finale a cracker". autosports.com.au (Auto Sports). 25 October 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-26. "A season where we saw lap records tumble at every round, the introduction of our EWP 'Hard-Charger' and IMA 'Pole Position' Awards, and our youngest ever competitor and round winner in the form of Mitch Evans – here's hoping 2010 provides us with just as many exciting moments." [dead link]
  4. ^ "Mitch Evans set to add spice to title decider". Formula3.com.au (Australian Formula 3). 6 November 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  5. ^ "SuperPrix action gets underway with impressive rookie Mitch Evans on top". Formula3.com.au (Australian Formula 3). 27 November 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  6. ^ "Joey Foster and Mitch Evans create a weekend for the record books". Formula3.com.au (Australian Formula 3). 29 November 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  7. ^ Egan, Brendon (18 January 2010). "Teen driver Evans wins debut race". stuff.co.nz (Fairfax New Zealand Limited). Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  8. ^ "Mitch Evans gets surprise Italian test". speedcafe.com.au (Speedcafe). 6 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-11. 
  9. ^ "New team collaboration between Arden boss Christian Horner and Red Bull Racing Formula 1 driver Mark Webber.". Inside GP3 accessdate=2011-29-11. 
  10. ^ "Evans retains MW Arden seat for '12". Autosport.com accessdate=2012-16-1. 
  11. ^ "Evans storms to victory in Barcelona". GP3 The Insider accessdate=12 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "Motorsport: Webber expects Evans to step up". Otago Daily Times accessdate=17 September 2012. 
  13. ^ "BRILLIANT GP2 OPENER FOR MITCH EVANS IN FACE OF ADVERSITY". speedcafe.com. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  14. ^ "COLETTI WINS AS MITCH EVANS SCALES TO BRILLIANT GP2 PODIUM". speedcafe.co.nz accessdate=24 March 2013. 
  15. ^ "Evans, Bamber in Toyota Racing Series battle". Stuff.co.nz (Fairfax New Zealand Limited). 17 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-21. "Evans, a St Kentigern's College schoolboy who has never been to Europe, said he had endured an "up and down season" but said he has learnt what it will take to win the title." 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mitch Cunningham
Toyota Racing Series
Champion

20102011
Succeeded by
Nick Cassidy
Preceded by
Earl Bamber
New Zealand Grand Prix
Winner

2011
Succeeded by
Nick Cassidy
Preceded by
Valtteri Bottas
GP3 Series
Champion

2012
Succeeded by
Daniil Kvyat