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Mitch Evans Expected to Not Return to GP2 in 2017

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According to a report in the NZ Herald, Mitch Evans will not be returning to GP2 in 2017.

“At the moment I don’t have any other plans for next year,” Evans tellsherald.co.nz. “I will finish this year in GP2 and then have a look. I have some opportunities to continue there but I can’t see myself doing another year of it at this stage.

“My priority is with Jaguar and the Formula E and that is where the main focus will be next year.”

Evans made his Formula E Championship debut in Hong Kong on October 9, posting a DNF following a mechanical issue. He is set to take place in the next round in Morocco on November 12.

“We had an issue with one of my cars, which was terminal,” he said. “It was a shame that we weren’t able to be out there racing but we were still able to collect a lot of data so it was still a worthwhile exercise.  It was really tough and I definitely under-estimated how tough it would be. It was a huge learning experience for me and for the team. It was great to finally get my first race under my belt and experience what this series is all about.

“We were able to generate a lot of data which we will be able to use for the coming races. It is all very new technology. The biggest thing is getting used to energy management which is a little like fuel conservation I suppose. The street tracks are very unique and something completely new to me. It is different to anywhere else I’ve raced because these surfaces are very tight and very bumpy. That certainly adds a new challenge.”

Currently in GP2, the New Zealander sits 10th in points with one win (Red Bull Ring) and six top-fives in 20 races to go with three DNFs this season. Needless to say, he has been left unpleased with how things have gone with Team Campos.

Outside of GP2 and Formula E, Evans also told the NZ Herald he has interest in racing the Le Mans 24 Hour event, as well as Bathurst. He stated he’s open to those events, and looks to compete as long as Jaguar lets him.

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Ashley McCubbin is currently studying journalism at the University of Guelph-Humber while writing for multiple websites. She also serves on the managing staff for a select few. Born in North York, Ontario, McCubbin currently lives in Bradford, Ontario and spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area where she enjoys taking photos and working on websites.

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