Ulster was perfect preparation for Germany says Elfyn
Evans was incredibly consistent throughout the 14 stages, winning one stage and setting a string of second and third fastest times on the others. His performance, beaten only by the more powerful R3-specification Citroen of Keith Cronin, impressed many observers over the two-day event; he finished more than a minute ahead of the third-placed crew while his Ford Fiesta was the only R2-specification car in the top 6 finishers.
Elfyn and Phil had no time to relax after the rally, however. Less than 36 hours after spraying the champagne, the pair flew to Germany to begin preparations for the ADAC Rallye Deutschland, on which Evans will be looking to extend his lead in the WRC Academy after wins on both the Acropolis Rally and Rally Finland.
This result is a huge boost ahead of Germany; the R2s and R3s are in two different classes and we concentrated on doing our own thing, but we’re very pleased with some of the times. The Academy has always been our priority this year and we’re still focusing on that. Part of the thinking behind this weekend was to prepare for the next couple of Academy events and I think we’ve achieved that. The BRC title will be a tall order because dropped scores come into the equation; it’ll be difficult without any wins under our belt.
Phil Pugh said:
Ulster was really a pre-Germany test for us and it’s all gone to plan; I’m really looking forward to Germany now. You’ve got to drive these cars hard and Elfyn’s certainly shown he can do that. Perhaps we’ve surprised a few people, but he’s driven within himself and I think there’s actually a little bit more to come from him.