Elfyn retires after challenging for lead

Crash on final day rules Welshman out of contention,

Suffering his first retirement for over a year, Elfyn had a disappointing end to Rally Sweden despite once again setting top pace and challenging for victory.


Round two of the FIA World Rally Championship was contested in the snow-covered forests around Umea and, after a cautious start on the opening morning, Elfyn was quickly on the pace in his new hybrid GR Yaris Rally1.


With an improved feeling in the car and better pace, he led for most of Friday afternoon before dropping a few seconds on the day’s final test to end the day in third.


He climbed to second on Saturday with a string of top-times but disaster struck on the opening stage on Sunday.

A high-speed spin saw the front of his car damaged by a snow-bank and, despite making running repairs, he and co-driver Scott Martin were unable to continue.


With just four points from the opening two rounds, the focus now turns to the next event when the challenge moves to Tarmac and the smooth roads of Croatia Rally from 21-24 April.

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