Kiwi motor racing ace Mitch Evans had cause for double delight as he got back in the driver's seat in Europe.
Evans did around 150 laps at the Magny Cours circuit in central France over the last two days in the prototype GP3 car to be used in next year's series.
He earned that honour as the GP3 champion after his stunning series win this year.
But the bonus for the 18-year-old came yesterday when he was able to sneak in a brief spell in a GP2 car. He intends to make the jump to that class next year and has serious testing booked in for next Monday and Tuesday in Spain.
"I got in for just seven laps right at the end of the day in the Dallara development GP2 car because of the fog delay earlier in the day. But it was enough to get me excited about the two days of GP2 testing I have with Arden early next week," Evans said as he eyes the next step in his career that comes with a $3 million price tag.
But he believes the GP2 scene he is leaving will get a real rev up as well after his first taste of their new car.
He felt the car could be 3-4 seconds faster than his 2012 championship winning Dallara. He was running the new 400bhp V6 Renault engine which replaces the previous turbocharged four-cylinder Renault engine.
"The new car is really fun to drive. It's a big step up in power. I think GP3 have also done a really good job with the engine. The sound of the GP3/13 is really nice. When you exit the pits you notice the difference straight away with the noise, especially as it's so much louder," Evans said.
"Next year looks very promising with the second generation car."
Evans was also tyre testing the new Pirelli compounds.
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