Technical failure costs Evans at Silverstone

Last updated 10:09 30/06/2013

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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. 

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