A small error means the end of Elfyn’s Argentina race
M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s Elfyn Evans and Scott Martin had an opportunity to challenge for another top result at this weekend’s Rally Argentina. Locked in an intense battle with the crews now fighting for second place, the pairing had their sights firmly fixed on a third podium in as many events for the EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC.
But it wasn’t to be. Oversteering into a slide through Saturday morning’s second speed test (SS10), their Fiesta impacted with a boulder that brought their rally to an abrupt end. Returning to service, the damage proved too severe to continue and the team will now focus on preparing the Fiesta ahead the next event in Chile.
I’ve used these notes for quite a few years and not had a problem before, but when I arrived at the corner I felt I was carrying just a little bit too much speed.
I threw it in, and we made the corner to be fair, but I couldn’t recover the oversteer. I planted the throttle but couldn’t get the car straight and we hit a fairly massive boulder that was lining the road.
Team Principal, Richard Millener, said:
It’s a frustrating end to the day as Elfyn could have easily been in a podium place right now. Unfortunately, he just got a little out of shape and managed to find the only massive rock in about three miles!
The impact was pretty heavy and when we got the car back to service we saw that there was too much damage to the chassis and transmission to continue. The technicians are already on with preparing the car for Chile, and it looks as though we will be okay.