Thursday, Nov 8 02:09pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Blake Evans makes nation Formula 1600 Championship debut

At just 14-years-old Blake Evans will be one of the youngest contesting this year’s New Zealand Formula 1600 Championship title race.


The Rotorua driver will this weekend race at Levels Raceway, Timaru in his Ford-powered 2011 Mygale.


Earlier this year the youngster won the Formula First Winter Series, becoming one of the youngest in history to do so. Now he’s fast-tracking his racing ambitions in single seaters.


Evans’ first outing in his new car at the North Island Formula 1600 Championship season opener saw him take pole position and a race win at Pukekohe Park, a circuit he’s never raced on, albeit as part of a seven-car grid.


Despite a strong start to the North Island Formula 1600 Championship, Evans heads south with no expectation that he’ll be blitzing the field.


“I’m just going down to have fun, do our best and see where we are compared to the competition,” he told


“We’re going down there for a learning experience. It’s a massive step up from the Formula First so we’re racing to get mileage, practice race starts, learn the car, the engine, the gearbox and everything else that’s different.


“By the end of the weekend at Pukekohe everything was coming a little bit more naturally. It’s feeling good.”


Having raced Formula First for the past two years, Evans said the step up to a Formula Ford was big but not as hard as he expected it to be.


“It’s night and day,” he said.


“It’s so different. Coming down the main straight at Pukekohe and into turn one, it just has so much grip. It’s a mechanical grip, not a weight grip. It’s a really weird feeling compared to the Formula First and it’s got so much horsepower.


“When you’re making passes, you’ve got to make them so much cleverer. The slip stream isn’t as big so that was a massive learning curve.”


Evans said he’s looking forward to this weekend’s national season opener where he’ll face the likes of Zac Stichbury, Josh Bethune, Tom Alexander and Jordan Michels.


“I’ve been counting down the days, so I can’t wait!


“I’m going down there with low expectations just to get some laps under the belt and learn a new track too.”


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