Jaguar TCS' Mitch Evans Wins the Jakarta E-Prix 2022
TheIndonesia.id - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) presented the trophy to Jaguar TCS Racing's Mitch Evans for winning the Jakarta E-Prix 2022, or the 9th Formula E series, at the Jakarta International E-Circuit, Ancol, here on Saturday. New Zealand’s Evans, who rode the Jaguar TCS Racing team car, completed the 40-lap race with the fastest record time of 48 minutes 28.424 seconds.
He bagged the winning trophy for this season after beating DS Techeetah racer Jean-Eric Vergne (France) by just 0.733 secs. Switzerland's Edoardo Montara of Rokit Venturi Racing ended third.
President Jokowi handed over the trophy to Evans, who looked a little confused upon not being presented a champagne bottle to uncork and celebrate his win, which is the norm at international racing events.
His confusion was not new considering that at the Pertamina Grand Prix of Indonesia, or the 2022 MotoGP Series, and the 2021 Mandalika World Superbike (WSBK), the committee did not present any champagne bottles.
Meanwhile, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan handed over the trophy to representatives of the Jaguar TCS Racing team, which was named the contractor champion of the Jakarta E-Prix 2022. After the championship ceremony at the podium, Jokowi expressed his gratitude for the success of the Jakarta E-Prix 2022.
"Alhamdulillah, everything went smoothly and well," he told reporters. "I think this is the event of the future because we know that there will be a shift from the current car to electric cars, so this will be entertainment that will be even more popular," he added.
The Jakarta E-Prix 2022 marked Indonesia’s success in fulfilling the trust of the International Automotive Federation (FIA) by hosting the electric car race, which has been held since 2014.
Jakarta was supposed to hold the 2019–20 Formula E Championship, but it was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to the race being hosted in Germany.