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Simon Evans takes reverse-grid victory with last-lap move

Simon Evans snatched victory from Sergio Jimenez with a last lap move in the reverse grid Jaguar I-PACE eTrophy race on Sunday.

The pair climbed up from the back of the grid, Jimenez making up positions much faster than his title rival, to be running 1-2 by the closing stages of the race.

Jimenez opted to use his mandatory Attack Modes early in the race, while Evans spread his usage out as he made his way up through the order. Both only had their optional 90s of boost remaining in the final laps.

Evans spent a number of laps on Jimenez’s tail but couldn’t find a way past the championship leader.

He activated his optional Attack Mode on the penultimate lap and was able to pull alongside Jimenez. Jimenez defended well but couldn’t keep Evans behind him.

Evans dived up the inside of Jimenez on the final lap, and Jimenez tried to activate Attack Mode to fight back, but ran out of time before he could close back in on Evans.

Evans’ win further cuts Jimenez’ championship lead to just eight points, with two races remaining in the championship.

Caca Bueno managed to find a way past Greg Segers in the closing stages of the race after a race of defending for the Frenchman. Bueno took third, 0.5s ahead of Segers.

Pole sitter Paul Spooner did a good job staying at the front of the field for the majority of the race.

He came under pressure from Segers and Takuma Aoki, but it wasn’t until Jimenez challenged for the position that he finally lost the race lead.

Once behind, Spooner quickly dropped down the order and finished eighth overall.

Fahad Algosaibi took the Pro-Am victory, finishing fifth overall ahead of Abbie Eaton and Aoki.

Alice Powell had been running seventh in the closing stages of the race when she came to a stop on track on the final lap after contact with Adalberto Baptista. Baptista was able to continue and finished ninth overall, the final finisher.

Image credit: Jaguar Racing

Bethonie Waring

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