By Josh Nevett

Kiwi Porsche racer Jaxon Evans will race alongside Jack Smith for Brad Jones Racing in the 2022 Bathurst 1000, completing the driver line-up for ‘The Great Race’.

Evans completed a successful evaluation day in a BJR Commodore at Winton Raceway on Monday, before the 2018 Carrera Cup Australia Champion was officially confirmed as Jones’ co-driver.

After tasting success in Australian Porsche racing, Evans took his talents overseas and built an impressive motorsport CV – with both French and Dutch Carrera Cup titles to his name, a runner-up finish in the Porsche Supercup and a third-place finish in the FIA World Endurance Championship (GTE-AM)

The 26-year-old is currently contesting selected races of the NLS Nurburgring Endurance Series in a Porsche GT3R. He is looking forward to being on the grid for the biggest race on the Supercars calendar.

“I arrived back in Australia just last week and to be in the SCT Logistics car turning laps at Winton has been amazing,” Evans said.

“Endurance racing isn’t new to me, and neither is Bathurst, but heading there in a Supercar is definitely going to be a pinch me moment.

“The car felt very comfortable from the outset and the team has been so enthusiastic and welcoming, I’m feeling really confident about heading to Bathurst alongside Jack and the whole BJR and SCT Motorsport team.”

While their paths have split in recent years, Smith and Evans have history having raced for the Birel Kart Team together.

SCT’s Head of Motorsport Programs Andrew Jones is confident that Evans will put his best foot forward on Bathurst 1000 debut.

“The evaluation day has been a good opportunity for both Jaxon and the team to work together and get a feel for how each other goes about their business at the circuit,” Jones said.

“From our end, Jaxon has delivered today on what our expectations are from a driver of his caliber, and we now welcome him as part of the team for the upcoming Bathurst 1000 and I think that the combination of Jack and Jaxon is a very exciting one”.

The 2022 Bathurst 1000 will take place from October 6-9.

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