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Elfyn records strong eighth place finish in Australia

Elfyn Evans delivered another solid performance on the Coates Hire Rally Australia to strengthen the M-Sport team’s position in the FIA World Rally Championship standings.

Elfyn and his co-driver Daniel Barritt continued to display the focus and determination that will see them competing at the head of the field in years to come. Making his first appearance on the Australian round of the WRC, Evans was keen to extract as much experience from the technical stages as possible, and did just that by finishing in a strong eighth place overall.

Although a frustrating second day prevented the youngster from showcasing the pace he had hoped to achieve, Evans concluded a risk free event with a highly precise set of notes and an abundance of knowledge that will see him impress to a greater extent next year.

The Manufacturers’ title may have been settled this weekend, but the battle for second is still very much alive. Thanks to the solid points achieved by both Elfyn and his team-mate Mikko Hirvonen, the M-Sport World Rally Team has climbed into third place – just eight points adrift of the runner-up spot with three rallies left to run.

Elfyn said:

Our objective wasn’t to show speed here this weekend. It was all about learning the stages and the environment. Even though it was a little frustrating at times, I think we managed to do that.

I think we showed some good pace as the third car on the road today and the driving felt a lot more natural and better than it had been previously. We’ve learnt the stages and got a good set of notes so I think we’re in a position to come back much stronger next year. These stages are amazing and I can’t wait to come back and drive them at full speed.

Team Principal, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said:

This was the last new event of the year for Elfyn so his objective was to learn the stages and the character of the event so that he can be in a better position to challenge next year. He’s done that and he showed some good pace as the third car on the road this afternoon.

Congratulations to Volkswagen Motorsport for claiming the Manufacturers’ Championship this weekend, but the battle for second is still very much alive; and thanks to a solid drive from both Mikko and Elfyn we’re in a really strong position to challenge for the runner-up spot – just eight points adrift with some strong events to come.