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Carroll off grid as Piquet takes his Formula E seat for Jaguar

 

By Sammy Hamill

Adam Carroll has lost his place in the Jaguar team for next season's FIA Formula E series and will be replaced by Brazilian Nelson Piquet Jr.

Young New Zealander Mitch Evans remains with the team but former A1GP champion Carroll has been dropped after Jaguar finished bottom of the team standings at the end of the 2016/17 season.

Despite his vast racing experience, which has seen him succeed at almost every level, the Portadown driver struggled to adapt to the all-electric cars and was outperformed by Evans who scored 22 of Jaguar's meagre 27 points.

Piquet, son of former F1 World champion and Indianapolis 500 winner Nelson, won the Formula E championship in 2013/14 season and switches from the NextEV/NIO team where he has been unable to make an impact in the past two years.

Meanwhile, Wayne Boyd heads into this weekend's penultimate round of the European Le Mans prototype series at Spa in Belgium desperately hoping for a change of luck after a premature end to his last two races.

Problems with the United Autosport team's LMP3 Ligier-Nissan saw Boyd retire in Austria and France before co-drivers Christian England and Mark Patterson ever got to race.

"Spa has always been one of my favourite circuits and we also had a podium there last year so I'm really looking forward to seeing what we can do this time - fingers crossed!" he said.

In action, too, this weekend is Andrew Watson who has been drafted into the Black Bull McLaren team for the final round of the British GT championship at Donington.

Watson, who drives for the Strakka McLaren team in the Blancpain European GT3 championship, is returning to the British series for a one-off outing at the wheel of a McLaren 570S GT4 car. He will share the car with fellow McLaren Academy driver Sandy Mitchell, replacing Ciaran Heggarty.

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