Mitchell William Evans, born on 22nd of June 1994 in Auckland, is a racing driver from New Zealand who was the 2012 GP3 Series champion.
Just as most of his colleagues. Mitch began racing kart and won several national titles before moving to Formula Vee in 2007. His first and only year in the series was modest and Evans finished 9th in the standings.
Evans began his career in karting
In 2008 Evans moved to Formula Ford Winter Series and had a fantastic campaign. He won 7 out of 12 races and other three podium finishes before becoming a champion. In the New Zealand Formula Ford main series Evans again was in fine form and finished the season as a runner-up to Richie Stanaway, with 6 wins on his account.
The next step in Mitch’s career was racing in the 2009 Australian Formula Ford Championship and again the Kiwi racer was a runner-up, this time losing to Nick Percat. With six race wins and other nine podiums, Evans proved his talent and announced that there will be more to come.
Mark Webber and Mitch Evans
The best year in his junior career was in 2010 when Evans became a champion of Toyota Racing Series. The same year he also was a runner-up to Ben Barker in the Australian Drivers’ Championship, equivalent to the FIAFormula 3 Championship. Evans’ speed and talent caught the eye of various teams and he was prepared to make a significant step forward.
Departure to Europe and GP3 Series champion
In 2011 Evans, helped by his manager Mark Webber, signed with Arden Motorsport to race in the GP3 Series. His rookie season was relatively good. Mitch won the Feature race at Catalunya Circuit, finished 3rd in Valencia, but in the second half of the season results deteriorated, so he finished 9th overall.
Mitch Evans, GP3 Series
Mitch stayed with the team in 2012. For the second year in a row he won the Feature race in Barcelona what was followed with a win in Valencia. Before the end of the season, Evans scored another victory – at Hockenheim – and eventually was crowned as new champion, finishing just two points ahead of Daniel Abt.
Move to GP2 Series
Progress to the GP2 Series in 2013 was logical. Evans stayed with Arden and used the first season to gain some experience. His best result was the 2nd position in the Sprint race at Hungaroring and finished 3rd in both races in Monaco. At the end of the season Evans was 14th in the standings.
Mitch Evans, Arden Motorsport, 2013 GP2 Series
Evans signed with the Russian Time team and the season of 2014 was the best in his GP2 Series career. Mitch won the races at Silverstone and Hockenheim and had other four podiums before finishing 4th in the Drivers’ Championship, behind Jolyon Palmer, Stoffel Vandoorne, and Felipe Nasr.
His second season with the Russian Time, and again having Artem Markelov as a teammate, was pretty similar to the previous one. Evans again scored two victories – at Monza and Bahrain – and recorded other five podiums, but in the final standings the New Zealander dropped to the 5th place.
Mitch Evans spent two seasons with Russian Time in GP2 Series
The season of 2016 was Mitch’s last in the series and he spent it with Campos Racing. The only victory, as well as the only podium finish that year, was in the Feature race at Red Bull Ring. Drop to the 12th place in the standings was a significant step backward but Mitch already had a new engagement.
FIA Formula E Championship debut
Since 2016-2017 Evans is the driver of the newly-formed Formula E team – Jaguar Racing. A technical issue brought Evans’ Formula E debut in Hong Kong to a premature end, but later in the season the results somewhat improved and Evans has the ambition to finish in Top 10 at the end of the campaign.
MItch Evans, Jaguar Racing Formula E team
Other racing experiences
Apart from his duties in various Formula racing championships, Evans tasted some endurance racing. In 2015 he debuted at Le Mans 24 Hours, driving a Jota Sport’s LMP2 Gibson-Nissan alongside Simon Dolan and Oliver Turvey. They finished 2nd in the class and 10th overall.
Mitch Evans debuted at Le Mans in 205, driving in the LMP2 class
In the following season, Evans appeared in the season-opening race of the European Le Mans Series at Silverstone, driving the SMP Racing’s LMP2 Nissan and finished 5th, together with Antonio Giovinazzi and Sean Gelael.
Another interesting fact is that Evans’ career has been backed financially by entrepreneur Colin Giltrap who also helped some other drivers from New Zealand, including Brendon Hartley and Scott Dixon.