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Evans’ road to recovery after Bathurst burns

BRAD Jones Racing recruit Jaxon Evans hopes there’ll be no repeat of his Bathurst foot burns after his team implemented pre-Albert Park fixes.

The Kiwi last month wound up in the Mount Panorama medical centre in a sour end to his first round as a Repco Supercars Championship full-timer.

“My foot is basically back to 100 percent. I got an x-ray and an ultrasound, plus I’ve been working on physio and trainer on actual damage to the foot, which was done in Saturday’s race and was compounded by the heat on Sunday,” Evans reported.

“The burn wasn’t the biggest issue, it was more the damage I had done to the outside of my foot through friction by the way I was heel and toeing in the car.

“That’s a work in progress and you don’t really know until you’re inside the car driving again.

“The team at Brad Jones Racing have taken some measures inside the cockpit and down in the footwell to try to assist with that by making it more comfortable as well as to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

“It’s been a joint effort from both parties and hopefully the first time is the last it happens.”

Evans is one of two Supercars drivers in the field this weekend to have won their most recent race at Albert Park.

Broc Feeney won the Sunday leg of last year’s Melbourne SuperSprint, while Evans was victorious in the final race of the 2018 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia round and hadn’t returned since.

Jaxon Evans with BJR teammate Andre Heimgartner. Pic: Nathan Wong

“It’s a big event in terms of Australian motorsport and it is chaotic just in terms of how the schedule laid out, but I’m excited to be back as part of the Formula 1 circus and race at a track I know although the configuration has changed slightly,” said Evans.

“Having the first day of a race weekend so loaded with everything is pretty unusual.

“We won’t have the time to analyse data as much in between sessions, so hopefully we roll out of the truck pretty strong otherwise we’re going to have to combine our thinking process and work together as a team.

“This is the strength of a four-car team as we can head in different set-up directions at the start of the weekend and hopefully one clicks, so we can gravitate to that.”

Opening Supercars practice at Albert Park is scheduled to start at 11:25 AEDT tomorrow.

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