Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s second race of the Championship saw both drivers successfully complete the longest race distance in the history of the series.
Both Panasonic Jaguar Racing drivers came into the pits on lap 18, one lap after many of the other teams thanks to efficient energy management by the team. Mitch entered the pitlane ahead of Adam, but it was Adam who exited in front after an electrifying car swap in the garage.
The circuit provided many challenges for the drivers. Following a lock up on his qualifying lap, Adam started the race from P20, but through positive energy management a fast pitstop and some great race craft, he gained six positions to finish in P14. After the race he said, “The team is improving with every session. As we go into the break we have a lot of great learnings to implement for the next race in Buenos Aires.”
Mitch’s race was compromised when he was hit by another driver which put him out of track position. “Fortunately, I managed to gain back some positions before I kissed the wall towards the end of the race, after a lock up when I was trying to save some energy. The main thing is that we now have further data to analyse and digest during the gap to the next race,” he said.
James Barclay, Panasonic Jaguar Racing, Team Director agreed there many positives to take away from the race. “Ultimately we didn’t maximise our potential in qualifying, but we know we had a faster car than the times showed. We had no reliability issues throughout the weekend which is reassuring for our new team and we were moving forward up the grid. We also made some good improvements on team operations after lessons learnt in Hong Kong which is positive for Panasonic Jaguar Racing as a team.”