Morris Finance Brand Ambassador Jaxon Evans recaps his 2021 season to date.
‘A busy but successful start to the 2021 racing season! After locking away two strong programs – FIA World Endurance Championship and the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, my first race of the season, actually came about in the European Le Mans series. Making my Debut in the series in Barcelona, a track that I have tasted success at previously.
Teaming up with Proton Competition, Team owner Christian Ried and Porsche works driver Gimmi Bruni, we finished the 4-hour race on the podium, in second place (GTE). A great way to get the ball rolling for the year.
The following week, I was back on track in the brand new 992 GT3 Cup Car with team Martinet by Almeras in Monza, Italy for a two-day official Supercup test. Quickly adapting back to the ‘cup car’ driving style, we ended day 1 on top of the timesheets. On day two, we continued to make progress, finishing the morning session P4 and the afternoon session once again on top of the timesheets.
Another quick turnaround saw me head to Spa Francorchamps, Belgium for the opening round of the FIA WEC with Christian Ried, Matt Campbell and the Dempsey Proton Racing crew. Two official test days on Monday and Tuesday before the real action started on Friday, gave us plenty of time to fine-tune setup and see where we stacked up against the others.
Unfortunately, in qualifying on Friday evening, the car suffered a major crash at the hands of Christian Ried, who thankfully walked away unharmed. However, the car was in pretty bad shape. The team worked through the night to get us on the starting grid for Saturday's 6-hour race. We pushed throughout the race and fought into a top 5 position, but had to retire due to a technical problem in the final 30 mins. Definitely a tough way to kick off our campaign, but plenty of positives were taken away from the event as a whole.
The month of May continued to keep me busy and in the seat! The next event on the calendar was a guest entry for the second round of Carrera Cup France, hosted at Paul Ricard. This was a great opportunity for me to race the 992 and run through some final preparations for the following weekend in Monaco. We tasted champagne in both races. After qualifying second for races one and two, I went on to win my first race (in the 992 Cup & with Martinet by Almeras) and backed it up with a second-place finish on Sunday.
With motivation and confidence running high, we went to round one of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup with a target firmly fixed on being competitive and fighting for a race win. To be racing on the streets of Monaco is an indescribable feeling. The walls, the boats, the atmosphere, there is just something so special about it. Being there for my second time I was already familiar with the layout and felt at home after the short practice session. A few minor clashes with the barrier while putting it all on the line in qualifying, rewarded us with a front-row start for the race. Being such a difficult track to overtake on, this was key to securing a strong result. A procession in the race saw us cross the line second and earn a trip to one of the coolest podiums in motorsport.
For me, this was an amazing result, as a driver you always want to win – but this – standing on the podium in Monaco, it really felt just as good! Something that the team and I are very proud of.
A weekend off to cap off a crazy month was much needed. Plenty of washing and life admin to catch up on before it all starts again.
The next event is also a very cool one. Due to some date clashes for races in Europe, I have been asked to join Proton Competition, Porsche works driver, Richard Leitz and Hollywood actor, Micahel Fassbender at round 3 of the European Le Mans Series!’
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