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Evans narrowly beats Jimenez to close gap in title fight

Simon Evans beat Sergio Jimenez in a drag race to the chequered flag in the opening Jaguar I-PACE eTrophy of the series’ Super Sunday.

The championship will run two races today. The grid for the first was decided by a second Saturday qualifying, while race two is a reverse grid race.

Jimenez took a comfortable pole in qualifying and led for most of the race. But the championship leader waited until the final five minutes of the race to activate Attack Mode.

The first activation dropped him back to third, behind team-mate Caca Bueno and title rival Evans.

He quickly retook second from his team-mate and was on Evans’ tail, but had to go through Attack Mode again before he could make a move.

Jimenez dropped back behind Bueno again, quickly retook the position on the final lap, and chased after Evans.

The pair ran side by side for the final three corners of the race, but Jimenez couldn’t get his I-PACE ahead.

Evans just had his nose ahead as they entered the start finish straight, just as Jimenez’ Attack Mode ended, and was able to hold on to finish 0.139s ahead.

The win for Evans cuts Jimenez’ lead in the title race from 18 points down to just 13, with three races still to run.

Bueno finished a comfortable third after Nick Foster missed the Attack Mode activation points twice during the race.

Foster had enough of a gap back to Powell to finish fourth, while Powell climbed back up the order after a slow start and a grid penalty.

Greg Segers had made a strong start to make up positions off the line, but was handed a drive through penalty for jumping the start. He finished seventh, behind Abbie Eaton and ahead of Takuma Aoki.

Fahad Algosaibi once again won the Pro-Am class, finishing ninth overall after contact between Paul Spooner and Adalberto Baptista caused the Jaguar Brazil driver to spin. Both continued and Spooner finished five seconds ahead of Baptista.

Image courtesy of Jaguar Racing

Bethonie Waring

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