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Elfyn bounces back to score strong result in Sweden

The M-Sport World Rally Team pairing of Elfyn Evans and his co-driver Daniel Barritt showcased the kind of determination that will see them go far at this weekend’s Rally Sweden. Overcoming earlier issues, the pairing recovered strongly to secure sixth place overall.

Elfyn and Dan displayed a vast increase in speed from this time twelve months ago – proving that they have the pace to challenge within the top-five on snow.

Were it not for an encounter with the snow banks through the second pass of the Röjden stage (SS8) which cost them almost two minutes to the leading pack, they would have been within sight of a podium position.

Despite ruing Friday’s error of judgement, Elfyn found himself in an intense battle for sixth place on the final stage of the rally (SS21). Locked in a thrilling duel with Kris Meeke, the Welshman came out on top – winning the battle of the Brits, claiming sixth place overall and propelling himself and Dan into sixth place in the FIA World Rally Championship driver and co-driver standings.

Elfyn said:

It’s been an event of two halves. We made a mistake which cost us a lot of time on Friday and we struggled to find the confidence at times, but generally I think we’ve learnt a lot and we were able to show some pretty good pace towards the end.

We only do one snow rally a year and this is only my second so it all bodes well for the future. I’m really pleased with the progress we were able to show here and I think we’ve proved our potential on this surface. On the whole, I think we did a good job.

I actually enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would and we had a great battle with Kris `{`Meeke`}` today. From yesterday afternoon onwards I really enjoyed the driving. We had a good feeling in the car and everything just came together as it should.

Team Principal, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said:

It was fantastic to see Ott (Tanak) and Elfyn fight back to what was a strong result for the team. It’s fair to say that neither felt particularly comfortable at the beginning of the event, but they never gave up. They’ve both got a real determination and we saw it here again.

They are also both very intelligent drivers. They knew their limits, and were able to stick to them for the most part. They’ve both learnt a tremendous amount this weekend and I was particularly impressed by how much progression Elfyn was able to show on what is only his second ever snow rally.

It all bodes well for the future and after this result I am sure that they will both head to Mexico with their confidence that little bit higher.