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Elfyn Evans and Phil Mills achieve stunning fifth place in Corsica

Elfyn Evans and and stand-in co-driver Phil Mills triumphed in the face of adversity at the weekend – the Welshmen’s focus and determination delivering an impressive fifth place at the legendary Tour de Corse rally on the French island of Corsica.

Excelling under challenging circumstances, Elfyn and Phil secured a highly commendable result. With just the preliminary Shakedown to test their new partnership aboard the top-specification Fiesta, the Welsh pair delivered a result that means the M-Sport team are now just four points shy of the lead in the Manufacturers’ championship.

The relationship between a driver and co-driver is something truly unique – developed and perfected over time. With Daniel Barritt needing more rest before his return, Mills took to the notes – confidently navigating his countryman through some of the FIA World Rally Championship’s most arduous asphalt stages.

The pairing had just six runs through Shakedown to perfect their relationship inside the EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC, but soon found a comfortable rhythm with which to challenge for a strong result.

Growing in confidence with every kilometre, the pairing were just 3.5 seconds shy of fourth place at the end of the event.

Elfyn said:

It was never going to be an easy weekend for us, but Phil has done an incredible job – jumping in at the last minute and getting us through without incident. We’ve collected some solid points which is what we came here to do. There is still a lot of work to do as far as the championship is concerned, but at least we can go to Argentina in a positive frame of mind and try to push for a strong result.

Team Principal, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said:

Elfyn and Phil have done a remarkable job in the circumstances. Obviously we were all hoping that Dan would be fit, but his fitness comes first and we were really thankful that Phil was able to step in and do such a good job.

Naturally it took them a while to get used to one another, but they got better and better as the event went on – and this result gives Elfyn a good platform to build on ahead of Argentina.