We are proud to present our athletes and the latest members of the JAM family. Find out more about them and their sports as they aim to achieve their ultimate sporting goals.
MITCH EVANS Formula E Racing Driver
Mitch Evans has been a talent to watch since before he left his native New Zealand at the tender age of 15 to race in Europe full time, already with karting and open-wheel championships to his name. He added the 2012 GP3 Series Championship within two years and progressed to GP2 where he amassed 17 podium finishes and gained a strong reputation as a hard charger.
Mitch’s results caught the eye of Jaguar in 2016 who invited him to test and subsequently spearhead their return to racing in the FIA Formula E Championship. Mitch jumped at the opportunity to turn professional with the well-respected marque and in 2020 the 25 year old is challenging for the title in his fourth season with Panasonic Jaguar Racing. With four races remaining and the season temporarily suspended, Mitch lies a close second in the standings.
OSCAR PIASTRI Formula 3 Racing Driver
Eighteen year old Australian Oscar Piastri has been catching the eye of some of motorsport’s most seasoned observers since he first started competing in Europe in 2014. It recently culminated with Oscar clinching the competitive 2019 Formula Renault Eurocup title at the series finale in Abu Dhabi. His success last season, which included seven race wins, is a clear indication of his rite of passage to the highest echelons of the sport.
In 2020 Oscar makes the step up to the FIA Formula 3 Championship with reigning champions, Prema Racing. He has also this year been signed to the Renault Sport Academy. The scholarship provides development and financial support to young talent with the aspiration of finding future Renault F1 Team world champions. With the 2020 season currently on hold, Oscar is based back home in Australia, eagerly awaiting his return to Europe and racing once the lockdown eases.
KELSEY-LEE BARBER Reigning World Champion Javelin Thrower
28 year old Kelsey-Lee Barber has her sights set on gold at the Tokyo Olympics. With a blinding 2019 season behind her, it’s no pipe dream for the exceptional young Australian javelin thrower, whose international debut in 2014 resulted in a Commonwealth Games medal.
Between then and now, Kelsey has taken Australian, Oceanic and Commonwealth (x 2) medals and has represented her country at the Olympics.
But last year was the real gamechanger for Kelsey. She recorded her PB throw of 67.70m at the Spitzen Leichathletik Luzern Athletics Meeting in July, placing her 12th on the all-time leader board and followed it up by ticking off a lifetime goal when she took gold in a nail-biting final at the Doha IAAF World Athletics Championships in October.
With the postponement of the Olympics until 2021 and all athletics competitions currently on hold, instead of training in Europe Kelsey is honing her skills at home in Canberra - with a change of pace and mindset, but the same amount of determination to make Tokyo her best performance yet.
MAX FRICKE Full time Speedway Grand Prix Rider
Speedway rider Max Fricke is a rising Australian star at the cusp of an exciting international career, having earned a full-time ride in the Speedway Grand Prix series for 2020 – the top speedway competition in the world.
The 24 year old’s love of two wheels began at a young age where he tried everything from motocross to road cycling before finding his niche in speedway and quickly rising up the ranks, turning professional in 2013, progressing to the UK Elite League two years later while also finding top tier success in Europe and then, in a career defining year, becoming the 2016 World Under 21 Speedway Champion.
Max has continued to race in the top level in Denmark, Sweden, Poland and the UK and won his first Senior Solo Australian Championship last year.
2020 started off well and with Max successfully defending his Australian title winning the five round championship by a comfortable margin. Max is currently UK-based while the speedway season is on hold.
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