GP3 Birthdays: 24/6/2011

New Zealand’s superb driver Mitch Evans celebrates his 17th birthday today. One of the youngest drivers in GP3, and definitely the youngest-ever race winner, Mitch won driver of the month at driver database last month after his superb performance in Barcelona. With seventeen points from four races, he is currently third in the championship.

His racing career began in NZ with Formula Ford, winning the Manfeild Winter Series in 2008, then coming second in his first NZ Formula Ford Championship season with 1111 points. The next stop was Australian Formula Ford for 2009. He won six races – not nearly as many as the winner Nick Percat, but Mitch came second with 297 points, retiring from only one race and only missing out on the points once.
In 2010, he went into the Toyota Racing Series – NZ’s biggest championship – winning three races and beating brilliant NZ driver Earl Bamber by 3 points despite being four years younger. He also took part in the Australian Drivers’ Championship, finishing second by a single point because of missing out one of the championship rounds.

Mitch Evans is good. Good in Australia, anyway. And he seems to be keeping his feet well in Europe as well, thanks to the support of his team boss Mark Webber. He took Arden’s first GP3 win, and looks set to get more as he’s continued to shine in the recent practices. I’m not going to call him the next Sebastian Vettel yet, and his teammates are starting to improve as well, but Mitch Evans clearly has talent. Could F1 beckon one day for this youngster?


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