Elfyn continues show of form in Spain
M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s Elfyn Evans showed his potential at this weekend’s RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de España, but the Cumbrian squad had hoped for more on the FIA World Rally Championship’s only mixed-surface event.
Starting well, Evans continued to showcase the pace of his EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC on gravel and was never more than 10-15 seconds adrift of the lead before a misfire cost him 30 seconds through Friday’s closing stage (SS6).
Keen to regroup and demonstrate his skills on asphalt, the Welshman had another good start but struggled to maintain the same feeling. Then on the Power Stage he and co-driver Scott Martin found the sweet spot – reminding everyone what they and the Fiesta are capable of with the second fastest time and securing a strong haul of points to strengthen their championship position.
Sixth place isn’t the result we wanted this weekend. At times we were able to show the speed we were capable of, but unfortunately we weren’t able to do that all the time and I was struggling with the general feeling.
But we made a small change for the Power Stage and I was able to really push. We secured a good result there, and moved up again in the championship which is a positive.
Team Principal, Richard Millener, said:
We saw some strong speed from Elfyn, especially in the Power Stage, and Teemu was really impressive being just ‘three seconds’ away from Ogier on so many stages. But we need to work on maintaining our level throughout the entire weekend.
Now there’s one rally left, and one more chance to take a victory this season – so we will continue to put all our efforts into preparing for the finale in Australia.