Elfyn finishes ‘disappointing’ sixth in Argentina
Elfyn Evans and Daniel Barritt may have struggled to find their usual pace at the weekend, but a controlled and error-free drive behind the wheel of their EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC delivered a solid sixth place on the Rally Argentina.
In Argentina, Elfyn was reunited with his regular co-driver following the Tour de Corse rally, on which Phil Mills stood in for the still-recovering Dan. The British pair had been hoping for a better result, but a turning point came on Saturday morning. Unlike several other crews, they had no issues in the fog on the first pass of ‘Cuchilla Nevada – Rio Pintos’ (SS11). As the stage progressed and visibility improved, the leaders took advantage of a cleaner road but Elfyn and Dan were the third fastest crew through the 40.48 kilometre stage – climbing two places in the process.
As the event continued, the Welshman climbed another place and remains resolute on recovering his form when the Championship returns to Europe for the Vodafone Rally de Portugal next month.
All things considered, sixth place isn’t a bad result and it was good to get some solid points on the board. But the pace just wasn’t there this weekend. It was disappointing and not what we came here to do. We need to do some analysis to try and understand why that was. The engineers will study the data, I’ll study the onboards, and hopefully we can get back on it in Portugal.
Team Principal, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said:
Elfyn secured a solid result despite it being a difficult weekend for him. I think we were all surprised to see him struggle as much as he did – himself included. But he certainly had no issues in the fog and it was that drive on Saturday morning which enabled him to get some good points on the board.