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No points for Elfyn in Poland

For the third successive round of the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship, Elfyn Evans was forced to use the Rally 2 regulations after mechanical problems. After the fly-by-wire throttle fault in Portugal and then driveshaft issues in Sardinia, it was another problem unrelated to the new M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC that caused the dramas on Rally Poland.

The Welshman was forced to make an early exit from day two’s stages when a water pump failure – a tried and tested part carried over from the previous car – forced him to accept Rally 2 regulations on the liaison to SS11.

It was a bitter blow for Evans and co-driver Daniel Barritt who had displayed a vast increase in pace from this time twelve months ago. The lack of a pre-event test wasn’t standing in the way of the M-Sport drivers showcasing their potential and the Welshman outshone a number of his more experienced rivals through Friday’s opening leg.

They say bad luck comes in threes and with the past three events not going to plan, Evans is more determined than ever to produce a turn of fortune at Rally Finland. To that effect, the team opted to retire his Ecoboost-powered Fiesta at the final service to best prepare for the ‘Gravel Grand Prix.’

Elfyn said:

It’s been three bad events in a row for us now so hopefully that’s the end of it and we can look forward to making a comeback in Finland.

Ott `{`Tänak`}` has really proven what the new car can do this weekend and that provides all of us with a huge amount of confidence moving forward.

I think we had the potential to be relatively quick here. I don’t know if I would have been on the same pace as Ott as he was simply incredible, but when everything was working well I felt really good in the car and I think we could have been where we wanted to be.

Unfortunately we didn’t get the mileage to prove that so we’ll just have to try and prove it in Finland.