Alongside Kevin Magnussen (23, Denmark) and Oliver Turvey (28, Great Britain) the 21-year-old Aucklander drives Porsche’s Le Mans winning car on Tuesday and Wednesday. Porsche works driver and championship leader Timo Bernhard (34, Germany) will be on hand to act as their reference point at the track.
Team Principal Andreas Seidl explained: "We are a young team with a highly complex race car. For us it is always exciting and informative when drivers share their first experiences with the 919 Hybrid. The feedback is sometimes very detailed and individual. We regularly scan various motorsport categories for strong drivers, inside and outside the Porsche family. We are really pleased our test programme has allowed us to invite these three drivers to Barcelona. Before this, they visited Weissach in October to prepare for this.”
Evans, Magnussen and Turvey had their tailor made seats prepared at the Porsche R&D centre in Weissach a few weeks ago and also went into the simulator to prepare for the test with the engineers. Andreas Seidl added: "Everybody involved in this test will learn and benefit a lot, and that is what this is for. With regard to anything else in the future, we have no announcements planned, especially as we are very happy with our works drivers.”
Apart from his GP2 racing duties with the Russian Time team, Mitch made his sportscar debut earlier this season with JOTA Sport in LMP2, and won his debut race at Spa and finished second at the Le Mans 24 Hours.
"It is a great opportunity for me to test drive the 919 Hybrid – a Le Mans winning car! It is very smooth to drive. A few things are completely new to me. I’m not used to power steering, this type of tyre and have never raced a four-wheel-drive car. But the most impressive thing is the acceleration from the hybrid when the e-machine kicks in. The car is very stable and gives you a lot of confidence. I’d like to thank the Porsche Team for this opportunity.”
Mitch’s next GP2 race will take place in Bahrain on 20/21 November 2015 where it supports the final round of the World Endurance Championship.