Under nearly hurricane alike conditions, Team Project 1 – JBR drivers Jannes Fittje and Jaxon Evans performed solidly and convincingly on the future Formula 1 track at Zandvoort in the Netherlands.
Both drivers had very little (Jannes Fittje) or no track knowledge (Jaxon Evans). To make matters worse, the teams faced a completely rainy free practice, so that the drivers could race in dry conditions for the first time in qualifying. Under these conditions, the starting positions P11 (Jaxon Evans) and P15 (Jannes Fittje) were satisfactory.
In the first race, Fittje managed to keep many opponents behind after a good start, rewarding him with P11. Evans finished in P13 scoring important championship points. In the rookie ranking this result meant places 2 and 3 for Team Project 1 – JBR. In the second race Evans was able to push through a good start straight into the top 10. His forward momentum was unfortunately stopped prematurely by a safety car phase. Nonetheless, this meant already the 5th victory in the rookie classification.
After a total of 10 out of 16 races, Evans took 7th place in the overall standings. In the rookie classification, he maintained his top position, while Fittje improved to fifth place.
Marcel Schmidt, Technical Director and Race Engineer at Team Project 1 – JBR, took stock: “Of course, our aim is to be at the forefront. However, against the backdrop of our rookie’s very limited or missing track knowledge, we knew that it would not be easy here. We can therefore be satisfied with the overall point yield.”
Team Manager Svenja Becker was also relieved: “On this challenging track, both drivers quickly got along under some difficult external conditions and did a great job overall. I am particularly pleased that Jannes has made a big leap in the rookie ranking.”
However, there is no time for the team to breathe. Already the coming weekend, races 11 and 12 will take place at the Nürburgring.