Missed opportunity for Elfyn at Rally Italia Sardegna
Elfyn Evans and Daniel Barritt missed an opportunity at this weekend’s Rally Italia Sardegna – having the speed to challenge for another top result before a small but costly mistake halted their charge through the early stages.
Up until the 13 kilometre mark of Friday’s opening speed test (SS2), Evans was amongst the fastest through the challenging terrain. But the luckless Welshman clipped a bank and broke a steering arm.
Having the necessary spares to affect a repair mid-stage, the pairing got the job done remarkable quickly but were then tasked with the unenviably job of sweeping a clean line through the loose gravel over the remainder of the weekend.
Evans will now use the summer break to regroup before returning to Rally Finland where he secured a sensational second place behind the wheel of the top-specification Fiesta last year.
It’s been a frustrating weekend – especially as the feeling in the car was really good on Friday morning. A relevantly small error proved pretty costly, and when you drop 13 minutes there is very little to fight for. We managed to salvage a point from the Power Stage which was some consolation, and now we’ll have a few weeks off before getting fully focused ahead of the next one in Finland.
Team Principal, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said:
Teemu and Elfyn also had the speed to challenge for the top results this weekend, and the team will take a lot of confidence from that too – knowing that the Fiesta would have allowed all three crews to fight for the podium. They were both caught out by the difficult stages, but I know they’ll be determined to come back strongly. They both did extremely well in Finland last year, and I’m confident we will have a strong package with which to tackle the famous jumps around Jyväskylä.