JAGUAR CON­FIRMS FOR­MULA E LINE-UP

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Adam Car­roll will lead Jaguar’s lineup for its de­but For­mula E sea­son, with GP2 race win­ner Mitch Evans also con­firmed at the Bri­tish team.

Jaguar re­vealed for­mer A1 GP cham­pion Car­roll and GP2 race win­ner Evans as its driv­ers for the 2016/17 cam­paign, plus Ho-pin Tung as re­serve, at its of­fi­cial team launch at its her­itage fa­cil­ity last week.

Car­roll has been com­pet­ing with the Gulf Rac­ing Porsche squad in the World En­durance Cham­pi­onship this sea­son along­side a par­tial Bri­tish GT cam­paign in two dif­fer­ent cars.

The 2008/’09 A1 Grand Prix cham­pion, who has raced GTS since 2012, told Mo­tor­sport News he was “in­cred­i­bly proud and happy” to join Jaguar and to “be go­ing back to my roots”.

“It’s a full works team, which is some­thing I’ve per­son­ally been af­ter for a long, long time,” he added. “It’s go­ing to be mega.”

Jaguar will make its de­but in FE run­ning its own pow­er­train, but be­cause it only had its en­try con­firmed in De­cem­ber there were lim­i­ta­tions over its choice of mo­tor, gear­box and in­verter. Car­roll said the team needed to be aware of the tough “re­al­ity” of fight­ing teams that have two years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the series and one sea­son of run­ning their own pow­er­trains al­ready.

“Of course we have ex­pec­ta­tions,” he said. “We’re here to win when we can but we have a lot of work to do.

“The teams have a two-year head start. We have to per­form and get there, but we know it’s com­pet­i­tive and a high level in every as­pect.”

Evans de­feated Bri­tons Alex Lynn and Harry Tinck­nell to land the sec­ond seat in a shootout at the first test, de­spite not pre­vi­ously driv­ing a FE car, or the Don­ing­ton cir­cuit.

“I just had to go on in­stinct,” he said. “It was an eval­u­a­tion so the pres­sure is on and you have to per­form. It’s great to get it purely on merit.” ● For­mula E will air on Chan­nel 5 in 2017, with the broad­caster tak­ing over from ITV4. The broad­caster has ex­panded its mo­tor­sport cov­er­age with World Rally Cham­pi­onship high­lights in 2016. The For­mule E races will be shown live, with its sis­ter sta­tion Spike cov­er­ing qual­i­fy­ing.

Car­roll (l) and Evans (r) lead driv­ers New car ran in Don­ing­ton FE test­ing

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