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Mixed emotions for Elfyn in France

Elfyn Evans finished the Rallye de France Alsace in positive fashion on Sunday, coming away with sixth place. Having incurred a one minute and 40 second penalty following an electrical issue on the first day of competition, Elfyn and his co-driver Daniel Barritt refused to let the disappointment dampen their spirits.

Despite the frustration, Evans continued to prove his potential and is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with on asphalt. On the final day, his impressive performance over the morning loop saw him take 12 seconds out of rival Mads Østberg to reduce the deficit to just two tenths of a second ahead of the final speed tests.

The Welshman was running at a comfortable pace, but when Østberg upped his speed through the second pass of ‘Forêt de La Petite Pierre’ (SS17), Evans’ racing instinct kicked in and he wasn’t going to let the Norwegian get away without a fight.

As the battle transformed into a final-stage duel for sixth place when Robert Kubica went off the road, Evans applied the pressure. Mission accomplished, he claimed the position on the opening split and topped off another highly impressive drive with an additional two points for the second fastest time through the Power Stage (SS18).

Posting the second fastest time on each of the final day’s four stages Elfyn and Dan are looking forward to showing further progression in the championship’s remaining two events.

Elfyn said:

We’ve had a really good day today and been strong on all of the stages. It was a shame that we had the problem on Friday, but we’ve had a 100 per cent record with the car so far this year and we weren’t going to let it get us down.

The results haven’t been our main focus this year, but I didn’t want to let Mads `{`Østberg`}` get away without a fight and it feels good to have come away with the sixth place.

Overall I think we’ve produced a very good performance this weekend and hopefully we can build on that in Spain where it would also be nice to show some more pace on gravel as I don’t think we’ve shown our true potential on that surface just yet.

Team Principal, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said:

Elfyn has been absolutely sensational all weekend, but especially today. He set the second fastest time on all four of today’s stages and proved that he certainly had the pace to be challenging for the podium. It was a shame that we had the electrical problem on Friday, but I was very impressed by the way he handled the situation. His mental strength is second to none. He coped well with the pressure today and came away with sixth place which keeps us in the fight for second place in the manufacturers’ standings.