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Elfyn returns to WRC with a fantastic performance in his home race at Wales Rally GB

M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s Elfyn Evans and Scott Martin had the speed to challenge for another home-soil victory at this weekend’s Wales Rally GB, but Welsh hearts were broken early on when the returning heroes picked up a puncture through the first pass of Penmachno (SS3).

The puncture cost them 43.3 seconds to the leading pack, but seven fastest stage times later they finished just 48.6 seconds adrift of the win – proving that they and their EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC had the ability to challenge for the top positions.

Despite their weekend not going to plan, Evans and Martin remain upbeat – coming out on top in their final-day battle for fifth place and knowing that they have the speed and the confidence to challenge for the top results when the FIA World Rally Championship travels to the final rounds in Spain and Australia.

Elfyn said:

It’s been a pretty good weekend for us. Obviously it would have been nice to have finished a bit higher up the leader board, but that’s just the way it goes sometimes and there’s no room for ‘what ifs’ at this level – not with the competition as close as it is at the moment.

Our pace has been really good all weekend and the support was absolutely incredible. There really is nothing quite like rallying on home soil, and when you’re posting fastest times in front of all those Welsh flags, it’s a pretty good feeling and definitely gives us some confidence ahead of the next events.

Team Principal, Richard Millener, said:

We might not have secured the result we wanted this weekend, but I think we can all take a lot of encouragement from Elfyn and Scott’s performance. They claimed seven stage wins and were it not for the puncture on Friday they would have been right up there challenging for the win.

We know that we have a car capable of winning rallies, and we know that Elfyn and Scott are capable of delivering those wins. So despite this weekend’s frustrations, there is still a lot of positivity in the team and we’ll look to take that forward to Spain and Australia.