Evans makes it 3 out of 3 to lead BRC
Evans got his weekend off to a flying start on Friday evening by taking an early lead following two passes of Glen Dhu. Stage victories on both tests meant Elfyn had a lead of 14.3 seconds over fellow FIA WRC Academy competitor Alastair Fisher at the end of Day 1.
On Day 2, the competition restarted with ten stages in the famous Keilder forestry complex. Wins on both stages 4 & 5 saw Evans extend his lead, but Finland’s Jussi Kumpumaki then went quickest on stages 6 & 7 to leap-frog Fisher for second place, just 44.1 seconds behind Evans with half the rally left to run.
The Finn’s charge continued after the lunchtime regroup, but fastest times on both stages 10 & 11 weren’t enough to topple Evans, who took his third successive win in the FST along with the Castrol ‘Hard Charger’ Award for the greatest number of stage wins.
His FST victory – and fourth place in the rally overall – sees the Welshman assume the lead at the head of the BRC standings. The 23 year old has been one of the most consistent drivers in the national championship and his BRC lead is all the more remarkable considering he is entered in the less powerful R2 Fiesta.
I am really happy with the result. To be honest, I was surprised with our pace and overall position after the Friday night stages.
We were able to establish a good lead today and could focus on tidying everything up and keeping our position. We had a problem with the gear selector bracket and had to make some roadside repairs to keep going, but thankfully we made it to the end. It feels great to be leading the BRC - especially in an R2 car!