PRETORIA – Jaguar TCS Racing heads to Portland, one of the greenest cities in the United States, for round twelve of the 2023 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
June 20, 2023
JAGUAR SOUTH AFRICA
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The British team are ready to take on the final debut track of the 2023 season at the Portland International Raceway. The American circuit covers 3.19km and 12 turns which promises wheel-to-wheel action and exhilarating overtakes. A setting fit for a dramatic race, with stunning views of Mount Hood and Portland’s abundance of green spaces, this unique city adds to an incredible list of destinations in the 2023 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
In the last round of the World Championship, Jaguar TCS Racing came away with crucial podium points for Mitch Evans, who now sits fourth in the drivers’ standings, with teammate Sam Bird currently in eighth place. Combined, Jaguar TCS Racing sits third in the team standings’, just 43 points behind Porsche, currently in the top spot. With the strong competition witnessed in Formula E so far this season, it is all to play for in the final rounds.
James Barclay, Jaguar TCS Racing Team Principal said: “Everyone at Jaguar TCS Racing is looking forward to being back in the United States and racing on US soil in what will be our final new circuit of the season. Racing in Portland will bring the thrill of Formula E to a new audience, and we embrace the challenges and opportunities that come with this high-speed and technical track. Coming into the final rounds of the 2023 season, we understand what we need to deliver to stay in the championship fight. Naturally teams will start to feel some pressure and intensity rise at this stage, instead we are focussed on our approach and strategy and the objective, which is to execute the best performance that we can.”
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Mitch Evans, Jaguar TCS Racing driver #9 said: “I was pleased to come away from Jakarta with a podium and some points. I hope to keep building momentum in Portland as we reach the final three locations. I’m looking forward to the new track. It is well-known in American motorsport categories, so it will be great to bring Formula E to this circuit for the first time. I can’t wait to get out there and keep my sights on the top spot!”
Sam Bird, Jaguar TCS Racing driver, #10: “I’m ready to bounce back after Jakarta, it was a frustrating weekend for me, so I am determined to make up the points for myself and the team. I really enjoy racing in the States and I’ve had some strong performances this season, so I’m hoping to replicate those again in Portland.”
Phil Charles, Jaguar TCS Racing Technical Manager: “Portland is a new circuit for Formula E, featuring 3.1km and 12 corners, it promises to be a super high-speed track. It features two of the longest straights we’ve had on this season’s calendar, which will require our drivers to hit that breaking point correctly. Turns four to six offer corner-to-corner action, so that will be a really exciting part of the lap. Compared to the normal street surfaces we’re used to, Portland International Raceway provides a good, flat surface to race on. Expect to see lots of overtakes, lots of slipstreams, and a really tactical race.”
The twelfth round of the 2023 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship will take place on the streets of Portland, USA at 2am SA time on Sunday 25 June. Catch the action on SuperSport Motorsport. – Jaguar South Africa