Evans prepares to ‘retrain his brain’ ahead of Bathurst evaluation

Jaxon Evans

Jaxon Evans says he will have to retrain his brain when he gets back behind the wheel of a Supercar for a day of evaluation ahead of a possible Big Race tilt.

The Kiwi Porsche driver is as part of Supercars’ last available co-driver seat at Brad Jones Racing alongside Jack Smith.

That hinges on a successful judging day at Winton Motor Raceway on Monday September 19, where he will cut laps in the #4 SCT Logistics ZB Commodore.

Evans, the 2018 Carrera Cup Australian champion, has spent much of his time racing Porsche GT3s, GTEs and Cups in Europe that use paddle-shift gearboxes.

However, the heel-and-toe technique used to drive a Supercar won’t be completely new to the 25-year-old, having logged laps with Walkinshaw Andretti United in 2018.

Evans explained that the early learnings of his career driving a manual Porsche 997 will pay off.

“I definitely don’t think it will be easy,” he told Speedcafe.com of the heel and toe fitting.

“I mean, it’s quite rare in Europe to brake on the right foot.

“Somehow ever since I first drove a 997, where heel and toe was needed, I kind of carried that on through my racing career and I haven’t really adopted the left foot braking technique.

“Heel and toe are obviously not necessary with the paddle shifters and I’ll have to kind of retrain the brain for my arrival in the Supercar on Monday.

“I think after a few laps it won’t be too difficult to pick up the pace and hopefully control it.”

Evans noted that his WAU rides, also at Winton, were in a Commodore VF as opposed to the current-generation Commodore ZB he will lead on Monday.

In general, the New Zealander doesn’t think the adaptation will be a challenge.

“It’s not a major change in terms of preparation for Supercar laps,” he added.

“I just have to get out there and get comfortable and go from this transition from a rear-engined car to a front-engine car and sit on the right side rather than the left.

“In the end, there are four wheels and a steering wheel; a little different with the shifter, but I think it won’t take too long to get comfortable and then start to see where we are and get a bit of a push.

After judging day, a decision will be made on whether Evans will be retained as Smith’s co-driver for the Repco Bathurst 1000 (October 6-9).

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