Jaguar has had its moments since joining Formula E in 2016 but always fallen short in its title aspirations.

Might that be about to change at the sixth time of asking? Kiwi Mitch Evans, who has driven for Jaguar from the start of its FE campaign, jumped into title contention after a double victory in the Rome ePrix.

The 27-year-old came from ninth on the grid to comfortably beat Robin Frijns of Envision in the Saturday race, then the next day pulled off a repeat in more stressful circumstances.

A strategy to use his mandatory Attack Mode power boost late in the race almost backfired when the safety car was scrambled. But Formula E’s new ‘overtime’ regulations, adding minutes to interrupted races, allowed him to still use his full allocation.

In doing so, Evans lost a place to Jean-Éric Vergne (DS Techeetah), immediately took it back, passed André Lotterer (Porsche) and Frijns ahead of him and held off a late attack from Vergne to complete a perfect weekend, in the city where he broke his own and Jaguar’s FE ducks in 2019.

Evans now lies fourth in the standings, just nine points behind new leader Vergne.

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