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Evans fastest in Hong Kong practice for Jaguar

Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s Mitch Evans was fastest in second practice ahead of the Hong Kong ePrix, ahead of the two Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler cars.

The Kiwi was second in first practice, and set a 1:02.875 in the final seconds of the second session. The final five of the 30-minute session were interrupted by a yellow flag at the Turns 3/4 chicane for Edoardo Mortara’s Venturi, which stopped on track.

Daniel Abt also put in a late lap to go ahead of team mate and reigning champion Lucas di Grassi, both two tenths off Evans’ time.

Season Two champion Sebastien Buemi was fastest in first practice, but started the second session by bumping the tyre barriers on the outside of the Turn 6 hairpin having locked the rear brakes and loses the back end of his Renault.

Buemi did not put in a 200kW lap during the session, so was just 19th fastest in the standings.

Nico Prost stopped on track at Turn 1 early in FP1, and ended FP2 in ninth, almost three-quarters-of-a-second off the pace.

The two rookies Andre Lotterer for Techeetah and Dragon Racing’s Neel Jani both hit the barriers at Turn 10 while trying to catch oversteer in FP1. Jani damaged the suspension on the right side of the car and his car needed a battery change after the session.

Felix Rosenqvist also came to a stop at the final corner in FP1, but it was as a result of a broken steering arm. He ended FP2 in eighth while his Mahindra team mate Nick Heidfeld was fourth behind NIO’s Oliver Turvey.

Sam Bird was sixth for DS Virgin, and had to take to the escape road at Turn 2 early in the second session. His rookie team mate Alex Lynn was 11th fastest.

Kamui Kobayashi put in his first laps in a Formula E cars for MS&AD Amlin Andretti; his only prior knowledge of the car coming from a filming day which was used to learn the steering wheel. He ended the session in 14th with Antonio Felix da Costa 10th quickest.

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Chris Stevens

Chris is a member of the Autosport Academy and has been writing about motorsport professionally since 2015. He has been one of the top Formula E journalists since he went to Donington Park for pre-season testing a week after picking up his A-Level results.

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