HE finished 2018 as the Australian Porsche Carrera Cup champion, but now Jaxon Evans has new goals in mind and standing on the Bathurst 12 Hour podium is one of them.
The talented 22-year-old New Zealand native is part of the three-man driver line-up which will steer the Competition Motorsport Porsche GT3R at Mount Panorama in the January 31-February 3 event.
Evans is no stranger to the famous Bathurst circuit, having enjoyed podium finishes in each of the three Carerra Cup races contested at Mount Panorama last October.
He guided his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car to a first, second and third across the meeting, an effort which helped him to claim the outright series championship.
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So when it was announced that Evans would join David Calvert-Jones and factory driver Kevin Estre behind the wheel of a Porsche for this year’s 12 Hour, he was delighted.
“I can’t wait to get back to one of the most iconic circuits in the world,” he said. “One of the best events of the year at one of the best circuits.”
Last year Evans had the disappointment of a DNF in the 12 Hour as the Objective Racing McLaren was forced to withdraw after lap 260.
But this time Evans is determined to do even better. He will be especially keen to impress given it will mark his debut as part of the Porsche Motorsport Junior Programme.
He earned that honour last November after a three-day selection process in France which saw him test his skills against 10 other young Porsche drivers from across the globe.
On top of that, Competition Motorsport has a strong record at the 12 Hour. Last year the team placed fourth outright, backing up from a second placing in 2017.
“This will will be my first official race as a Porsche Junior. The team has produced some amazing results in previous years and the Porsche GT3R seems to suit the layout. This will be something we will look to replicate,” he said.
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Calvert-Jones, who returns for his third consecutive tilt with the team, is excited to see what Evans will produce.
“Having Jaxon joining us is somewhat reminiscent of having Matt Campbell in the team when we won the pro-am category in his first race as a Porsche junior,” he said.