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Jaguar’s James Barclay: “We know qualifying and consistency of race pace is key”

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James Barclay says the Jaguar Racing team arrive at this weekend’s Puebla E-Prix with momentum after both Mitch Evans and Sam Bird having scored points last time out in Monaco.

Evans took a third-place finish last month in Monte Carlo after being involved in the lead battle all afternoon long, while Bird took seventh.  It means the New Zealander sits third in the standings, just eight points behind championship leader Robin Frijns of Envision Vision Racing, with Bird just five points behind him in fifth.

The Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team may still hold the advantage in the Teams’ Championship, but their pointless weekend in Monaco means Jaguar are only two points behind them in second place.

And Barclay, the Team Director at Jaguar, says the team will be eyeing high this weekend at the Autódromo Miguel E. Abed, with ambitions to be in the fight at the front in both Qualifying sessions and both races on Saturday and Sunday.

“We came away from the last E-Prix with positive momentum and a strong result,” said Barclay. “Heading to Mexico we know qualifying and consistency of race pace is key in order to continue our positive on-track performances.

“With high temperatures and a brand new circuit to learn we undoubtedly need to focus on ensuring both the drivers and the Jaguar I-TYPE 5 are ready to capitalise at the double-header race weekend which marks just over halfway through the season.”

Both Evans and Bird will go out in Group one in Qualifying for race one on Saturday, alongside Frijns, DS Techeetah’s António Félix da Costa and Mercedes’ Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries.

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