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Elfyn claims second successive WRC2 victory in Sweden

Elfyn Evans and Craig Parry have claimed another win in the FIA World Rally Championship’s principle support series, WRC2 – securing victory behind the wheel of their new-evolution Ford Fiesta R5 at this weekend’s Rally Sweden.

Following on from a dominant performance at last month’s Rallye Monte-Carlo, the M-Sport team travelled to Sweden for a repeat performance.

Given the strong level of competition, victory would be hard-fought, but Elfyn controlled the event from start to finish – claiming victory over a number of drivers who are considered specialists on the region’s unique stages.

Pushing when confident, he was able to establish a good lead that allowed him to back off the pace and consolidate his position through the event’s closing stages.

Never fazed and fully under control, this has been one of the Welshman’s most impressive performances to date – demonstrating the capacity to manage his event amidst some very strong competition.

Elfyn said:

Coming to Sweden, we knew that we had a chance of victory but we also knew that it would be a big challenge – which it was! To have done what we came here to do is fantastic and we’re all really pleased with the result.

We had a big battle with Fredrik `{`Åhlin`}` and Pontus `{`Tidemand`}` on the first day but we managed to get the measure of them and then controlled the rally from there. We pushed hard when we needed to and took care with some issues once we had established a good lead on Saturday.

This has been a great event for us and it was good to see that we were able to control the pace and come out on top.

Team Principal, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said:

We came here to win. We knew it would be difficult given the high level of competition, but the combination of Elfyn and the new-evolution Fiesta R5 has provided us with a fantastic victory this weekend.

I had said that Rallye Monte-Carlo was his best ever drive, but I think he might have surpassed that here. He controlled the event from start to finish and out-performed a number of crews who are specialists on these unique stages.

With six Fiesta R5 Evos in the top-ten, we have proven how competitive our package is and I’m looking forward to more close battles over the course of the season.