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Bathurst 1000 debut ‘lit a fire’ for Porsche ace

JAXON Evans is hungry to return for another shot at Repco Bathurst 1000 glory as soon as possible.

The European-based Porsche star was the last of the 56 drivers announced for the 2022 Great Race, a late call-up to co-drive with Jack Smith in the #4 SCT Logistics/Brad Jones Racing ZB Commodore.

For Evans, last year’s Porsche Supercup runner-up, it was a relatively sudden Supercars debut not made easier by wet weather offered up by Mount Panorama.

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He generally did well to stay out of trouble, besides being “a little bit embarrassed” to be caught up in the Lap 1 drama on race day, although Smith later crashed out while holding 13th place.

“Overall as an experience it was really cool and I enjoyed it a lot,” Evans told V8 Sleuth from London.

“There was plenty to take in and plenty to learn but at the same time I felt like we did alright.

“I mean obviously everyone can look at results and things like that and draw their own comparisons but it’s only the people really within the team that have an understanding on what the car was like or what the comparison was between either myself and Jack or the other guys across the other three (BJR) cars.

The car shared by Jack Smith and Jaxon Evans. Pic: Nathan Wong

“But from a personal point of view I was quite content and happy with the way I performed with the amount of laps and how different the car was to drive at The Mountain compared to anything I have driven.

“I knew it was going to be a big ask and it certainly lived up to that expectation but in the end I was quite happy and all things considered, the speed wasn’t too bad.”

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Evans now is keen to make sure it’s not a one-off Bathurst 1000 appearance, even if it’s a fraction too early to lock in a 2023 co-drive with his international schedule still coming together.

“It’s certainly something that will fall into place once I know what my program could look like, probably towards the end of this month if not early November,” said the 26-year-old Kiwi.

“I think all things considered, it’s generally not a clash with any racing over here which is quite good, so fingers crossed there is an opportunity to head back to The Mountain next year and to have a go in a Gen3 car.

“Now that I’ve done it and been part of the event, it’s certainly something that has lit a fire in me and I want to go back and I want to try to enjoy some success there in a Supercar.”

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