|Punta del Este, Uruguay, Saturday 17 March 2018: Panasonic Jaguar Racing raced to another fourth place finish in the ABB FIA Formula E Punta del Este E-Prix showing the team’s continuous improvement since entering the electric street racing series.
A rollercoaster qualifying session saw Mitch Evans go through to his second super pole shoot out of the season with the third fastest time. Team mate Nelson Piquet Jr suffered damage to his car after hitting one of the circuit’s unforgiving walls. In super pole, Mitch put his Jaguar I-TYPE 2 third quickest before a technical infringement pushed him back to 16th on the starting grid.
Both Nelson and Mitch made encouraging starts to the race, moving forward together, before a safety car on lap five paused progress. Unfortunately, Nelson suffered a technical issue shortly after and had to retire before the end of the race.
Showcasing his determination, raw-pace and instinct for overtaking, Mitch was soon into the top ten and by lap eighteen he was well-placed for more points. Following a quick pit stop he sat sixth with less than fifteen laps remaining. He completed one of the overtaking moves of the day, on the inside of Alex Lynn at the daunting turn 13 to cross the line in fourth.
As the British team head back to Europe for the first Rome E-Prix Mitch has moved up to sixth in the driver standings. Nelson remains one place higher in fifth.