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Elfyn records career-best performance in Germany

Elfyn Evans and his co-driver Daniel Barritt completed the ADAC Rallye Deutschland with their best ever performance in the FIA World Rally Championship, powering their M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS WRC to fourth place overall and recording their first ever stage win.

Elfyn had been locked in an intense battle with his team mate Mikko Hirvonen for much of the event, but ultimately, it was the sheer determination of the young Welshman that tipped the scale.

Making the most significant step in his development to date, Evans showed real class behind the wheel. Outpacing his significantly more experienced rivals, the M-Sport man delivered one of the rally’s most stand-out performances.

A mature drive was topped off in spectacular style. Never out of the top-three on each of the final day’s four speed tests, Elfyn also secured maximum points with the fastest time through the points-paying Power Stage. The Welshman even had the pace to challenge for the podium – just five seconds shy come the end of the event.

Most importantly however, he is clearly identifying the areas where he can further improve. Analytical in his approach, Evans is always focussed on the bigger picture and there is certainly more to come from this talented youngster.

Thanks to a strong performance from both M-Sport men, the team is just 10 points shy of second place in the manufacturers’ championship.

Elfyn said:

We weren’t too far away from Andreas `{`Mikkelsen, third place`}` at the end either, but it wasn’t our objective to push for the maximum result this weekend. It was more about learning the characteristics of the car on these stages and getting round safely, and I think we managed to do that.

The whole weekend has been absolutely fantastic. The car has been so much fun to drive, even in the tricky conditions. We’ve been there or there abouts on the set-up and the tyre choice all weekend and the end result is a great one for the team.

It always gives you a little boost when you manage to beat your team mate. Mikko `{`Hirvonen`}` didn’t make it easy and I’m sure he’ll be on the pace on the next round in Australia. But hopefully this won’t be the last time we give him a run for his money this year!

Team Principal, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said:

Elfyn’s performance this weekend has probably been the most encouraging result that I have seen from any young driver. If you look at what he’s done with the experience he has, it’s been a very special result.

There’s a steely determination there and he’s very analytical about everything he does. He’s always finding places where he can improve and go faster; and when he’s telling you that it’s honest and genuine so you know that there is room for improvement. That sends out a strong message to me that there’s much more to come.

With two cars in the top-five – and as we’re now only 10 points behind second in the manufacturers’ championship – we go away from this event with what has been a very positive result. It’s been a great weekend for us. To take our first stage win was really nice and the fourth place was something we would definitely have taken at the start of the rally.