Puncture and black ice end Welshman's chances.
M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s Elfyn Evans and Scott Martin have missed out on a solid result this weekend and their EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC won’t be making the journey to Monte-Carlo on the second evening.
Holding sixth place at the start of the second day, the Welshman had the podium within his sights – and the speed and determination to make a move on the timesheets. But it wasn’t to be and he endured a heartbreakingly tough morning.
Taking time out of his two closest rivals on the first speed test (SS9), Evans had the upper hand before a puncture put paid to his efforts. Regrouping for the second stage (SS10), he was then caught out by a patch of black ice – sending him down a steep embankment and into the undergrowth.
With no restart available in the evening, Evans’ Rallye Monte-Carlo came to an end five kilometres into SS10 and his attentions are now firmly fixed on preparations for next month’s Rally Sweden.