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Simon Evans
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Driver Details
Nationality Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealander
P.O.B. Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
D.O.B. 12 November 1990
Date of Death Unknown
Début Flag of Saudi Arabia.png 2018 Ad Diriyah eTrophy Race
Final Race Unknown
Best 1st (2019/20)
Teams Unknown
eTrophy Career
Total Entries 20 (20 Starts)
Wins Points Poles
5 269 2
Fastest Laps 4
Podiums 15
First Win Unknown
Last Win Unknown
Only Win Unknown

Simon Evans (born 12 November 1990) is a New Zealand born racing driver, who was the Pro Champion in the 2019/20 Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy Series with Team Asia New Zealand.[1] Evans, whose younger brother Mitch competed in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, would make history by winning the 2018 Ad Diriyah eTrophy Race, the first ever eTrophy race to be staged.[2]

Evans would go on to finish in fourth in the 2018/19 championship, with Diriyah his only triumph.[3] The following season saw Evans claim four wins and finish every single race on the podium, resulting in the New Zealander taking the title on the final day, overhauling Sérgio Jimenez by a single point.[1]

Background

Evans' career would begin in his native New Zealand, with the young Kiwi battling through the karting ranks ahead of his younger brother Mitch.[4] The Kiwi subsequently progressed to the New Zealand Formula Ford Championship in 2007, and claimed a maiden win en-route to seventh in the Championship.[4] He repeated his exploits in New Zealand FF in 2008/09, before moving to the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge New Zealand.[4]

The Kiwi Challenge

Ultimately Evans would stay in his native New Zealand as his younger brother hunted down a career in Europe, bouncing between several series.[4] In 2012 Evans would join the newly launched V8SuperTourer Championship, and would go on to claim the title in the 2014/15 season.[4] Evans followed that with a move the the NZ Touring Cars Championship in 2015/16, with Evans duly winning that title after claiming victory in half of the season's races.[4]

Evans successfully defended his NZ TCC crown in 2016/17, before moving into the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy in 2018.[4]

Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy History

Evans would entertain an entry into the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy after the series' launch in September 2017, with a group of sponsors agreeing to support him.[3] Evans duly joined the recently formed Team Asia New Zealand team, which would successfully apply to become an entrant in the 2018/19 eTrophy championship, with Evans as their sole driver.[3] Evans would repay their faith at the opening race of the season, battling to victory from pole at the 2018 Ad Diriyah eTrophy Race with the New Zealander largely unchallenged throughout.[2]

National Ambassador: 2018/19

The following round in Mexico City saw Evans run outside the podium places after falling behind the lead Pro-Am car, before a run to fourth in Hong Kong.[5] Evans would rebound in Sanya, however, fighting to second and narrowly missing out on victory to Cacá Bueno after a late duel.[6] The New Zealander then secured second on the grid for the battle of Rome, although he would be bumped back to third by Bryan Sellers at the start, and was unable to get back ahead.[7]

The race in Paris saw Evans set the fastest lap, although the New Zealander would only secure fourth, a second behind the podium places.[8] Another fourth place in Monaco would follow for Evans, before he returned to the podium in Berlin having stalked the two leading Jaguar Brazil cars throughout.[9] Another podium finish for Evans would follow in the first New York City race, before the New Zealander rounded out the campaign with a fourth place, leaving him in fourth in the Pro Championship.[10]

The Final Champion: 2019/20

Full Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy Record

Shown below are a series of tables outlining Simon Evans's career in the eTrophy in statistical form.

Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy Entries

The list below includes all of the teams and cars, as well as overall finishing positions for Simon Evans during their eTrophy career:

Simon Evans's Overall Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy Record
Year Class Entrant No. Car Pos. Pts.
2018/19 PRO Flag of New Zealand.png Team Asia New Zealand[3] 99 Jaguar I-Pace 4th 106
2019/20 PRO Flag of New Zealand.png Team Asia New Zealand[1] 99 Jaguar I-Pace 1st 163

Career Results

Below is a table showing Simon Evans's full eTrophy record.

Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy Record
Year Rounds Pos. Pts.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
2018/19 Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Flag of Mexico.png Flag of Hong Kong.png Flag of China.png Flag of Italy.png Flag of France.png Flag of Monaco.png Flag of Germany.png Flag of the United States.png Flag of the United States.png 4th 106
1st 5th 4th 2nd 3rd 4th 4th 3rd 3rd 4th
2019/20 Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Flag of Mexico.png Flag of Germany.png Flag of Germany.png Flag of Germany.png Flag of Germany.png Flag of Germany.png Flag of Germany.png Flag of Germany.png 1st 163
1st 2nd 2nd 3rd 2nd 3rd 1st 1st 1st 2nd

References

Videos and Images:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named SEva19A
  2. 2.0 2.1 Andrew van de Burgt, 'Evans wins inaugural Jaguar eTrophy race', motorsport.com, (Motorsport Network, 15/12/2018), https://www.motorsport.com/jaguar-i-pace-etrophy/news/evans-wins-inaugural-jaguar-etrophy-race/4313452/, (Accessed 16/12/2018)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Sam Smith, 'Mitch Evans’ Brother Simon to Race in Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 27/09/2018), https://e-racing365.com/i-pace-etrophy/mitch-evans-brother-to-race-in-jaguar-i-pace-etrophy/, (Accessed 11/12/2018)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 'Simon Evans', driverdb.com, (DriverDB AB, 2019), https://www.driverdb.com/drivers/simon-evans/, (Accessed 07/02/2019)
  5. Jake Kilshaw, 'Legge Leads Lights-to-Flag in Mexico City', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media LLC., 16/02/2019), https://e-racing365.com/i-pace-etrophy/legge-leads-lights-to-flag-in-mexico-city/, (Accessed 17/02/2019)
  6. John Dagys, 'Bueno Claims Sanya Win',, e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 23/03/2019), https://e-racing365.com/i-pace-etrophy/bueno-claims-sanya-win/, (Accessed 14/04/2019)
  7. Nathan Hine, 'JIMENEZ HOLDS OFF SELLERS TO WIN WET JAGUAR I-PACE ETROPHY RACE IN ROME', thecheckeredflag.co.uk, (The Checkered Flag, 14/04/2019), https://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/2019/04/jimenez-holds-off-sellers-to-win-wet-jaguar-i-pace-etrophy-race-in-rome/, (Accessed 15/04/2019)
  8. Nathan Hine, 'SELLERS BECOMES FIRST REPEAT WINNER IN JAGUAR I-PACE ETROPHY RACE IN PARIS', thecheckeredflag.co.uk, (The Checkered Flag, 29/04/2019), https://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/2019/04/sellers-becomes-first-repeat-winner-in-jaguar-i-pace-etrophy-race-in-paris/, (Accessed 30/04/2019)
  9. Tom Cairns, 'BUENO WINS IN BERLIN AS JIMENEZ TAKES OVER JAGUAR I-PACE ETROPHY CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD', thecheckeredflag.co.uk, (The Checkered Flag, 28/05/2019), https://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/2019/05/bueno-wins-in-berlin-as-jimenez-takes-over-championship-lead/, (Accessed 06/06/2019)
  10. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named NYC19R2
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