Making the move from formula cars to GT racers, and overseas, American Erik Evans is shaking up the ranks in the Intelligent Money British GT Championship. Currently racing with Academy Motorsport and sitting second in the overall points chase, Evans has made a trip to the GT4 podium in the first two events this season as he looks to add to that total next weekend at Donington Park.
“I am loving the sportscar action and having a blast driving in this series,” expressed Evans. “The results have been great so far this year with teammate Matt Cowley, but it is a long season and I look forward to trying to add to them as we roll along.”
With the first two races at Oulton Park over the Easter weekend, Erik quickly established himself as a front-runner in the series. Scoring his first podium result by finishing second in race one, and sixth in class in race two, both very competitive wheel-to-wheel races, Erik turned many heads in race one for a phenomenal drive on slick tires in challenging English wet weather conditions to capture the P2 finish.
The Academy Motorsport driver continued, “The track conditions were super sketch during the Oulton Park races, but I managed to stay focused and fend off the continued attacks from the guys behind me. That really helped boost my confidence heading to Silverstone as I continue to learn the tracks and the handling characteristic of the Multimatic Ford Mustang.”
“Erik and Matt (Cowley) did a really good job at Oulton Park,” states Matt Nicoll-Jones, Academy Team owner. “We have high expectations for Erik, but to be able to drive in a relatively new car to him, at a track he has never raced at, in the rain, on slicks, against guys that have run in British GT for years, was absolutely brilliant.”
Race three saw Evans travel to Silverstone and have another fantastic weekend for his first time on the legendary circuit. With only thirty-minutes of dry practice before the skies opened, and having qualifying rained out resulting in the grid being set by the fastest lap times from the practice session, put Erik and his teammate in P11 on the inside of row six for the three-hour affair. With a great start that saw Evans drive through the middle of the field to P3 in his first stint and then get knocked off track by a GT3 car in his second stint, the teenager had another spirited drive forward back to third before handing the controls to his teammate, who finished the race third overall and second in class.
With three races and two event weekends now in the books, Evans will return to the cockpit over the May 26-28 weekend at historic Donington Park. Having already earned success in 2023, Evans is hunting to score his first win of the season.
“Matt and I both want to win,” expressed Evans. “Donington is a really good track for the Academy Multimatic Ford Mustang; it is just a matter of putting everything together on the race weekend. The team support has been fantastic, and both our car and the sister Mustang are poised to run up front.”
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