Car­roll set for Jaguar FE seat af­ter test

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Adam Car­roll spear­headed Jaguar’s first public For­mula E run­ning in the pre-sea­son test at Don­ing­ton Park last week, ahead of the man­u­fac­turer’s re­turn to ma­jor in­ter­na­tional mo­tor­sport.

The North­ern Ir­ish­man was joined at Don­ing­ton by Alex Lynn, Harry Tinck­nell and Mitch Evans as Jaguar con­tin­ues to eval­u­ate its driver line-up for the 2016/17 FE cam­paign.

Car­roll looks set to land one of the seats hav­ing spent all three days at Don­ing­ton driv­ing the I-type 1, with Bri­tish duo Lynn and Tinck­nell and New Zealan­der Evans shar­ing the sec­ond car as they vie to be his team-mate.

Lynn has a clear link to the Wil­liams Ad­vanced En­gi­neer­ing-run Jaguar pro­gramme, thanks to his role as a Wil­liams F1 de­vel­op­ment driver, and out­paced Car­roll on the open­ing day of the test. Tinck­nell ran on the fi­nal day, when most of the run­ning was in the wet.

GP2 race-win­ner Evans ended up quick­est of the Jaguar quar­tet but still only set the 17th fastest time of the test be­cause the team did not fo­cus on per­for­mance runs at Don­ing­ton, which con­trasts greatly with the street cir­cuits FE will visit in the com­ing sea­son.

Evans’ best, a 1m31.267s, was 1.6s slower than the fastest time from the test; Jean-eric Vergne’s record­break­ing 1m29.634s for the new Techee­tah team on the sec­ond day.

De­spite re­ports of Jaguar strug­gling for re­li­a­bil­ity dur­ing its pri­vate test­ing, it racked up 500 miles of run­ning at Don­ing­ton – just shy of last year’s lead­ing teams Re­nault e. dams and Abt Audi Sport, and more than An­dretti, Fara­day Fu­ture Dragon Rac­ing and Nex­tev.

It is un­known whether Jaguar will field its two race driv­ers at the fi­nal test, which runs from Septem­ber 5-7; though it is due to of­fi­cially un­veil its line-up and liv­ery at a launch on Septem­ber 8.

Bri­tish man­u­fac­turer eval­u­ated sev­eral driv­ers last week

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