Evans tests the World Champions Porsche 919 Hybrid

Evans’ fastest of his 54 laps during a race simulation was 1:43.60 minutes, only 1.71 seconds slower than Neel Jani’s fastest race lap of 1:41.89 minutes on Saturday during the 6-Hours of Bahrain.

Juan Pablo Montoya who tested alongside Evans, clocked in a race simulation lap of 1:44.46 minutes and set the fastest lap time of the day when in qualifying mode with 1:40.86 minutes.

As a comparison, Timo Bernhard’s lap time which secured the team the eighth pole position in the eighth race, was 1:39.67 minutes.

Team Principal Andreas Seidl: "After the highlight of yesterday we have been using the 2015 spec Porsche 919 Hybrid to give Mitch and Juan Pablo a good test opportunity with a lot of mileage. The day went smoothly with a mixed programme of short runs in the morning and longer runs for both drivers in the afternoon. Mitch had the experience of the Barcelona test under his belt; Juan Pablo only had a simulator session before and drove the car for the first time. We are very interested in drivers’ impressions, especially if it comes to a driver like Juan Pablo who has successfully driven so many different kinds of race car in his career. Both were quickly up to speed and did a good job.”

"It’s great to be back in the Porsche 919 Hybrid and to enjoy this level of technology,” said Mitch. "The car is really great to drive and it’s easy to get confidence in it. I’m learning little things here and there every lap. The car benefits a lot from the four-wheel drive under braking and obviously acceleration. The 919 has got a lot of downforce and the way it looks after its tyres is a lot better than in a GP2 car. The 919 Hybrid is a very refined car, the team has done a great job. Thanks to Porsche and to the FIA who have enabled me to do this rookie test.”

Mitch is now heading to Abu Dhabi for the final round of the 2015 GP2 season on 28/29 November.