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Elfyn Evans is a Welsh rally driver competing at the highest level of the FIA World Rally Championship. After narrowly missing out on clinching the world title in 2020, the 32-year-old from Dolgellau in Wales is once again taking on the championship battle at the wheel of a Yaris WRC with the Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team.
Winning two events last year and missing the title by just a few points, Elfyn really came of age in 2020, but he had already established a track record of success at every level he has tackled.
In 2012, Elfyn secured the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) Academy title, which led to him competing on a programme of events in a WRC2 car during 2013. This programme resulted in Elfyn winning the WRC2 category on the Wales Rally of Great Britain and finishing second in WRC2 in both Germany and France. In addition, he made his debut in a World Rally Car in Italy, where he finished sixth overall – the best- ever performance by a Junior WRC champion making their debut in a ‘full’ WRC car.
In 2014, Elfyn and his co-driver Daniel Barritt joined the M-Sport team and competed in a Ford Fiesta World Rally Car on every round of the WRC. The pair finished fourth in both Mexico and Germany and also won the Power Stage on the ADAC Rally Deutschland.
For 2015, Elfyn and Dan again competed for the M-Sport team, driving a Ford Fiesta RS WRC. Their best result was second place in Corsica, while they scored another podium finish (3rd) in Argentina.
In 2016, Elfyn teamed up with new co-driver Craig Parry for a programme of events in the WRC2 championship in the M-Sport Ford Fiesta R5 . The pair also won the British Rally Championship (BRC) in a DMACK Ford Fiesta R5.
2017 saw Elfyn reunited with Dan Barritt and the pair contested every round of the WRC in the DMACK Ford Fiesta WRC as part of the M-Sport team. The year saw Elfyn record his first ever WRC victory when he won his home event, Wales Rally GB.
What better way to sum up Elfyn’s achievements than the following quote from Malcolm Wilson OBE, Team Principal of the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team:
To do what Elfyn did in his first year in a World Rally Car, well, he’s probably as good as anyone we’ve seen in the last ten to fifteen years.
Given the level of sporting talent that Malcolm Wilson has worked with over the years, that is high praise indeed and should give an indication of what’s to come in the future for the Wales’ local hero Elfyn.