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Tough start to 2022 after Monte mistake

Elfyn needs spectators' help after going off road in opening race of WRC season.

Elfyn endured a frustrating start to the 2022 FIA World Rally Championship after sliding off the road while challenging for the lead of the season-opening Rallye Monte Carlo. Getting stuck for over 20 minutes before returning to the road, he dropped out of contention but managed to collect four points for the drivers’ championship on the rally-ending Power Stage.

The event ushered in a new season of sustainability with hybrid rally cars powered by sustainable, fossil-free fuel and Elfyn quickly got to grips with his new Toyota Gazoo Racing GR Yaris Rally1 car.

He was quickly on the pace and lay third after the opening two stages. He maintained that position at the end of Friday and then set his first stage win of the year on Saturday’s opening stage as the feeling with his GR Yaris improved.

However, on the third test of the day, after successfully managing a treacherous section of snow and ice, he got caught out by a tight right hand corner and slid off the road. The undamaged car eventually returned to the track thanks to the efforts of spectators but the massive time loss dropped Elfyn down the order. His only hope was the opportunity provided by the Power Stage and he secured four points after going second fastest.

His focus turns to the only full winter event of the season, Rally Sweden takes place on snowy forest roads from 24-27 February.



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