M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s Elfyn Evans and Teemu Suninen ensured that both EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRCs finished inside the overall top-five at this weekend’s Rally Chile – the Welshman securing fourth place with the Finn just behind in fifth.
Evans had the potential to be in the fight for another podium – he and co-driver Scott Martin showcasing some promising speed. Posting a number of top-three stage times, the pairing were also just 0.7 seconds adrift of the stage win through the challenging conditions of Pelun 2 (SS12).
But as the event wore on, the Welshman was unable to match the leaders and struggling for confidence and stability in the particularly high-speed sections. Yet despite having to settle for fourth place, Evans delivered a clean and clever drive and secured some good points for his championship campaign.