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2018 Rally de Portugal – Part 5

Elfyn Evans and Daniel Barritt are back in business – securing their first podium of the year with second place at this weekend’s Rally de Portugal.

Finding the perfect balance between speed and intelligence, the Brits posted three fastest stage times whilst giving the notoriously difficult stages the respect they deserved. It was a faultless drive from the Welshman, and a long overdue boost for his confidence.

Adamant that there is more to come, Evans will now focus on further gains behind the wheel of his EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC – eager to stand on the top step of the podium before the year is out.

FINAL RESULT: 2nd Position
Stage Performances:

SS1: =7th (+1.6)
SS2: 2nd (+2.3)
SS3: 11th (+9.2)
SS4: 9th (+15.4)
SS5: 6th (+2.2)
SS6: 4th (+2.1)
SS7: 2nd (+3.9)
SS8: 7th (+5.9)
SS9: 4th (+4.5)
SS10: 4th (+3.3)
SS11: 1st
SS12: 8th (+17.2)
SS13: 1st
SS14: 4th (+5.0)
SS15: 6th (+14.3)
SS16: 4th (+4.8)
SS17: 8th (+5.5)
SS18: 6th (+6.9)
SS19: 4th (+3.4)
SS20: 5th (+4.4)

Elfyn said:

I’m happy with this result, and a bit relieved too if I’m honest! Everyone knows that our season didn’t get off to the best of starts. Monte started well with the exception of the puncture, but one thing led to another and it quickly snowballed into what was becoming a pretty dismal season.

We knew coming here that we needed to get some strong points on the board – for the team and for us as well. So to come away with second place was good. It wasn’t perfect, and there are some areas where we can still improve. I wasn’t entirely happy with my driving through all of the stages, but it's certainly alleviated the pressure and we can go to Sardinia in a positive frame of mind.

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