|Name:||Mitchell William Evans|
|Home town:||Auckland, New Zealand|
|Residence:||Auckland, New Zealand|
|Hobbies:||Fitness training (Running, Biking, Swimming), spending time with friends and family.|
|Current Championship:||GP2 Series with Arden International|
|Goal:||To become a Formula 1 World Champion|
|Mitch Evans' Heritage|
The 2007/2008 season saw Mitch graduate to car racing when he drove for Sabre Motorsport Team in New Zealand's Formula First championship. He finished in ninth place even though he missed two rounds due to him competing at the World Rotax Finals.
In 2008 he won seven out of 12 races on his way to claiming the Formula Ford Manfeild Winter Series before contesting the New Zealand Formula Ford Championship for the 2008/09 season. Mitch ended the season runner up by a small margin. It was outstanding effort given that he was by far the youngest driver on the grid at the age of 14. In 21 races, he claimed six wins, three pole positions, five fastest laps and 13 podiums.
For 2009, Mitch competed in the Australian Formula Ford Championship for the Sonic Motor Racing Services Team. The season saw him break numerous records and he became the youngest round winner in the championship's history when he won at Sandown Raceway. He finished the season runner up having claimed six wins, three poles, six fastest laps and 15 podiums in 23 races. The series is renowned as one of the toughest and most competitive Formula Ford championships in the world and his success didn't go unnoticed, in particular by Formula One star, Mark Webber. Mark invited Mitch into the F1 paddock for a garage visit and photo during the 2009 Australian Grand Prix. Webber has remained in touch with the young New Zealander and nowadays plays an important mentoring role.
In 2010, Mitch competed in the Toyota Racing Series for Giles Motorsport. He had a memorable debut claiming pole position and a win; the last time that happened was in 2005 when Brendon Hartley made his debut. Two more wins and nine more podiums were enough to claim the series victory and in doing so Mitch became the youngest ever champion. In addition he won the International Trophy which ran concurrently with the TRS series and consisted of the first four rounds.
Later in 2010, Mitch raced in the Australian Formula 3 championship with Team BRM. He had a terrific year coming runner up by just one point even though he missed Round 2 at Symmons Plain through testing a Formula Abarth in Italy. He won eight races which included recording six successive wins by claiming victory in all three races at Wakefield Park and Phillip Island. He ended the year testing in Europe, first with a Formula Renault 2.0 test at Barcelona and then solid three days with the MW Arden GP3 team at Estoril ending up sixth fastest on the final day.
In 2011 Mitch once again competed in the Toyota World Series for Giles Motorsport and won the International Trophy for the second season running. Mitch blew away his opposition winning all four rounds, claiming six victories and finishing on the podium in every race. In February, he fulfilled his first goal for 2011 by winning his first New Zealand Grand Prix and in doing so became the youngest ever driver to win the event.
After the Toyota Racing Series success Mitch departed New Zealand for his first season in Europe to compete for MW Arden in the GP3 Series. The eight round series saw Mitch competing on the support race programme at all the 2011 European-based Formula One Grands Prix (with the exception of Monaco) and putting him against some of the best young talent in the world. It didn't take long for Mitch to get to grips with the European racing, with him winning his second race in Barcelona after qualifying first. The next round in Valencia saw him take the championship lead which was beyond anyones expectations and his own goals. This rose a lot of eyebrows amongst the European Motorsport fraternity. For the remainder of the championship Mitch suffered a lot of misfortunes, that bumped him down to 9th in the championship but on average was the top qualifier throughout the whole series which showed huge potential for the next year.
2012 saw Mitch sign with MW Arden for another season in GP3 Series, and there was only one goal - to win the championship. The championship started off to plan with winning the first race in Barcelona. Throughout the championship Mitch conceded points and put himself in the lead going into the last round in Italy, which is now renowned to be one of the exciting ends to a championship in history. Mitch took out the championship after a breathtaking finale, a stellar drive off the back of the grid proved why he is champion. Along the way, Mitch took 3 victories, 6 podiums and 4 pole positions. A sensational effort in only his second season in Europe.
2013 will see Mitch graduate to the GP2 Series for Arden International, the feeder series to Formula One. The eleven round championship will kick off in Malaysia in March. Follow his season right here on mitchevans.com