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Elfyn back on the pace despite changeable conditions in Chile

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.

Elfyn said:

It’s been a difficult rally and there were some places where we struggled for sure. But overall, it hasn’t been too bad. We managed to stay out of trouble and had some pretty good pace on Saturday. But we just weren’t 100 percent confident and couldn’t find the last little pieces we needed to fight for the podium.

With some big gaps ahead and behind it was all about bringing the car safely home today, and fourth place is definitely a good end to a difficult rally.

Team Principal, Richard Millener, said:

To finish with both cars in the top-five is definitely a good result, but it’s also been a bit of a frustrating weekend as I think we were capable of more. Both drivers delivered clean and tidy performances, and we were able to show some good speed at times, but we just didn’t have the consistency to challenge for the podium.

Having said that said, we have secured a good haul of points. Elfyn is looking good in his championship fight with Kris `{`Meeke`}`, and Teemu got better and better as the event wore on.

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