STAGE BY STAGE
Elfyn's career in focus
After finishing second in the 2020 World Rally Championship, Elfyn is aiming to go one better in 2021. Continuing with Toyota Gazoo Racing and the Yaris WRC, he’s taking on a championship packed with new events and hoping that the speed and experience from last season will help in his championship challenge.
Co-Driver: Scott Martin
Having progressed his career with M-Sport, Elfyn made the bold move to join the Toyota Gazoo Racing WRC team. A podium in Monte Carlo followed by victory in Sweden saw him lead the WRC championship for the first time in his career. The season was shortened because of the Covid pandemic but Elfyn won again in Turkey to set up a thrilling final round showdown for the WRC title.
However, Elfyn was caught out by the winter conditions at Monza Rally and slid off the road. He handed the title to Seb Ogier but claimed runner-up spot, his best ever championship result.
Co-Driver: Scott Martin
Continuing with M-Sport, Elfyn switched co-driver and welcomed Scott Martin to the team. The partnership got off to a slow start with an accident in Monte Carlo, but they quickly got into their stride and soon achieved two podiums on two consecutive events – Rally Mexico and Tour de Corse.
After a hard landing on Rally Estonia, Elfyn broke his back and missed three events: Finland, Germany and Turkey. He came back to compete on the two final rallies of the year and secured fifth in the WRC championship.
Co-drivers: Scott Martin
Elfyn was back in the main M-Sport WRC team for 2018 and team-mates with Seb Ogier again. The season started with a sixth in Monte Carlo but an accident in Mexico saw co-driver Dan Barritt side-lined. Phil Mills stepped in for Corsica and they finished fifth.
However, two podium finishes were to follow. With Dan back again, Elfyn finished second at Rally Portugal and third at Rally Catalunya. The season brought five stage wins and a seventh overall finish in the drivers’ championship.
Co-drivers: Dan Barritt, Phil Mills
Elfyn continued in DMACK colours in 2017 and was back in the WRC at the wheel of the new-generation Fiesta RS WRC. He started the season well with stage wins on Monte Carlo but it was Rally Argentina where he really shone. Leading the rally from the opening day, he missed out on victory by 0.7 seconds after an epic final stage battle with Thierry Neuville.
Elfyn went on to score a podium in Finland but the season will be remembered for his first-ever WRC victory on home soil at Wales Rally GB, edging out Neuville by 37.3 seconds, and helping M-Sport win the WRC Manufacturer championship.
Co-Driver : Dan Barritt
The 2016 season saw Elfyn take a step back into the Fiesta R5 car and partner with co-driver Craig Parry. He competed on the British Championship with DMACK and became British Champion after securing five overall victories: Mid Wales, Scottish, Nicky Grist, Ulster and Isle of Man.
The pair also tackled a WRC2 programme, with overall wins on the first two rounds and again in Corsica putting them third in the championship. Elfyn also competed at Rally Barbados and rounded off the season with victory at the Bettega Memorial rally sprint in a Fiesta WRC.
Co-driver: Craig Parry
Elfyn finished seventh in the drivers’ championship on his second full WRC season with M-Sport, which included his first WRC podium finish. After fourth place in Mexico, his first podium came at Rally Argentina with a third place finish.
That was eclipsed with second overall on Tour de Corse after some clever driving and tyre choices on a wet event. Elfyn rounded the season off with sixth on his home event at Wales Rally GB.
Co-driver: Daniel Barritt
This was Elfyn’s first full season in a WRC car and also the start of his long-term relationship with Red Bull as a Red Bull athlete. A steady start saw him sixth in Monte Carlo and fourth on Rally Mexico.
Taking up his prize drive as a works M-Sport driver, Elfyn stepped-up to 4WD machinery and was heavily involved with the development and testing of the Fiesta R5.
Competing in WRC2, he was second on Rallye Deutschland, finishing sixth overall, and Rallye de France before winning his first WRC2 round at home on Wales Rally GB. He also got a last-minute call up to replace Nasser Al Attiyah on Rally Italia Sardegna. Using Nasser’s co-driver Giovanni Bernacchini and competing in a WRC car for the first time, he put in a solid performance to finish sixth overall.
Co-drivers: Daniel Barritt, Giovanni Bernacchini
Another fourth on Tarmac at Rallye Deutschland also saw Elfyn take his first WRC stage win. He completed the year with fifth at Wales Rally GB and eighth position on his first full season in the WRC championship.
Taking up his prize drive, Elfyn finished second overall in the British Rally Championship at the wheel of a Subaru Impreza N15. He had wins on the Bulldog Rally and Trackrod Rally and was running high on the Pirelli and Ulster events before punctures dropped him down the order.
In preparation for the WRC Academy in 2012, he sold his Fiesta ST and built a Fiesta R2 and took on three WRC rounds: Finland, France and GB. He was leading in Wales but hit a hole in Sweet Lamb and retired with front end damage.
Co-Driver: Andrew Edwards
In a season of complete domination, Elfyn took on the British Fiesta Sporting Trophy series, which followed the British Rally Championship, and won every single round using both a Fiesta ST and R2.
He was crowned British Junior Champion, Fiesta Sporting Trophy UK Champion and was nominated for the Pirelli Star Driver award. The Star Driver shoot out took place in Sweet Lamb and Elfyn was announced as winner, taking away the prize drive of a British rally campaign in a Group N car.
Co-Driver : Andrew Edwards