NEW ZEALAND racing ace Mitch Evans has made a promising start to his campaign for a GP2 start in Europe.
Evans did 150 laps around the Magny Cours circuit in France in recent days in a prototype GP3 car, which will be used in next year’s series, a drive that came on the back of his win in the 2012 GP3 series.
He also had a brief burn in a GP2 car, the level he hopes to be racing at in 2013.
He has proper testing schedules for next week.
“I got in for just seven laps right at the end of the day in the Dallara development GP2 car because of the fog delay earlier in the day,” he told Fairfax NZ.
“But it was enough to get me excited about the two days of GP2 testing I have with Arden early next week.”
Evans needs to raise around $3 million to move up to GP2.
He said the new GP3 car was a real step up, lapping around three to four seconds quicker.
“The new car is really fun to drive. It’s a big step up in power. I think GP3 have also done a really good job with the engine. The sound of the GP3/13 is really nice. When you exit the pits you notice the difference straight away with the noise, especially as it’s so much louder,” Evans said.
“Next year looks very promising with the second generation car.”
Evans was also tyre testing the new Pirelli compounds.