Another solid result for Elfyn in Portugal in spite of technical difficulties
M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s Elfyn Evans and Teemu Suninen ensured that both EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRCs finished inside the overall top-five at this weekend’s Rally Chile – the Welshman securing fourth place with the Finn just behind in fifth.
Evans had the potential to be in the fight for another podium – he and co-driver Scott Martin showcasing some promising speed. Posting a number of top-three stage times, the pairing were also just 0.7 seconds adrift of the stage win through the challenging conditions of Pelun 2 (SS12).
But as the event wore on, the Welshman was unable to match the leaders and struggling for confidence and stability in the particularly high-speed sections. Yet despite having to settle for fourth place, Evans delivered a clean and clever drive and secured some good points for his championship campaign.
We made a pretty good start to the weekend. It wasn’t perfect, but the pace was there. Obviously it was a shame to lose as much time as we did with the issue on Friday, but these things happen.
There wasn’t much more we could do after that, and in all fairness fifth place is a lot more than we could have hoped for on Friday evening.
Team Principal, Richard Millener, said:
At the end of the day it’s a good result from what’s been a disappointing weekend. We definitely had the pace to be on the podium. Elfyn and Teemu were driving really well and were both in the fight for the top positions. But after both cars hit trouble, there wasn’t really much we could do.
Everyone knows how difficult it is opening the road in these loose conditions, and it was just unfortunate that that task belonged to us this weekend. Having said that, both drivers kept their heads down and made it through to claim a decent haul of points.