Technical failure costs Evans at Silverstone

Last updated 10:09 30/06/2013

Relevant offers

Motorsport

Christchurch team confirm Bathurst 12-hour challenge Bernie Ecclestone wants South Africa back on Formula One calendar Christmas a bit of a trial for Bernie Ecclestone Stolen Red Bull Formula One trophies found in lake Kiwi Hayden Paddon to return to World Rally Brendon Hartley perfect fit at Porsche Blondie Chamberlain plots his return to the race track Young 'royal' in race for Manfeild crown Manawatu man new head of Motorcycling NZ Esteban Gutierrez named as Ferrari test and reserve driver

Kiwi teenager Mitch Evans was cruelly denied victory in the GP2 Feature race at Silverstone after a technical failure caused him to exceed the speed limit during his compulsory pit stop. 

Evans had stormed through from eighth on the grid to lead the race before his pit stop. 

The Auckland teenager was then closing fast on race leader Sam Bird in the closing stages. With 12 laps to go in the 29-lap race, Evans was just 5 seconds behind Bird and closing at a second each lap. 

However, the speed sensors in his car had failed during the pit stop which meant his 60kph speed limiter was not working.

Evans was hit with a 10-second stop-and-go penalty in the pits and dropped to 19th at the finish.

Evans set the fastest lap of the race - 2.6 seconds faster than race winner Bird.

"It was a freaky thing to happen - I'm sure we could have won if we hadn't had the problem," said a disappointed Evans.

The second GP2 race at the British Grand Prix is at 20.30 (NZT) tonight. 

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers
Opinion poll

Who is your favourite V8 Supercars driver?

Scott McLaughlin

Shane Van Gisbergen

Fabian Coulthard

Jamie Whincup

Mark Winterbottom

Craig Lowndes

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content

Blog