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Evans leads Jaguar one-two in final Portland practice

Mitch Evans continued his strong Saturday form into the second half of the Portland E-Prix by topping Sunday morning’s practice session ahead of his Jaguar TCS Racing teammate Nick Cassidy.

The session took place in cooler conditions than Saturday’s running, with clouds covering the track, and despite locking out the top two spots, both Jaguar drivers had moments during the session, with Evans ending up on the grass at the final corner in the final few minutes, while Cassidy straight-lined the Turn 1 chicane.

Nevertheless, with a best time of 1m 08.659, Evans’ fastest lap was 0.044s quicker than Cassidy who spun out of the lead during Saturday’s race, handing victory on the road to Evans, who ultimately lost it as well due to a penalty for a collision with Jake Hughes.

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NEOM McLaren driver Hughes, who dropped out of the lead battle early on Saturday after the collision with Evans, was third quickest ahead of the declared Saturday winner, TAG Heuer Porsche driver Antonio Felix da Costa, with Envision Racing’s Sebastien Buemi fifth.

Dan Ticktum continued to show strong pace for ERT, ending the session sixth, ahead of Andretti’s Norman Nato, Envision’s Robin Frijns, and Edoardo Mortara of Mahindra. Both Nissans of Sacha Fenestraz and Caio Collet were next up, in 10th and 11th, with Nyck de Vries 12th in the other Mahindra.

Jean-Eric Vergne was 13th for DS Penske, making him comfortably the highest-placed Stellantis driver, while Porsche-powered duo Pascal Wehrlein (Porsche) and Jake Dennis (Andretti) finished a lowly 14th and 15th, some way off their counterparts.

Sergio Sette Camara was 16th in the second ERT, ahead of Abt Cupra’s Nico Mueller, DS Penske’s Stoffel Vandoorne, Maserati MSG’s Maximilian Guenther, and McLaren driver Sam Bird, with Lucas di Grassi and Jehan Daruvala completing the field for Abt Cupra and Maserati respectively.

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Story originally appeared on Racer