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M-Sport World Rally Team's Elfyn Evans looks back on the 2014 Rally Mexico, the third round in the 2014 World Rally Championship, in his latest exclusive column on Crash.net...

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DafyddLarcombe

March 20, 2014 12:46 PM
Last Edited 183 days ago

I don't think the above mentioned comparison is really fair to either driver

Meeke is a more confident and experienced driver and is further along in his career by comparison, yes Meeke really attacks the stages but he has been employed because of his speed and if he can avoid going off he will of fulfilled his purpose of being up there fighting at the front

Evans on the other hand has been employed because he shows Great Talent and promise for the future and can be fully trusted to drive an expensive M-Sport Fiesta WRC under the strict Control of Malcolm and is a safe bet not to cost Malcolm a small fortune in costly crumpled Fiestas in a year that sees Malcolm mostly funding his own entire operation with his own money

Hopefully when M-Sport gets a Major sponsor on board they will then be able to encourage Elfyn to push himself on Rallies he will by then have experience of. With Any luck at the end of this season Ford may announce their Return to the sport for the 2015 season

DafyddLarcombe

March 20, 2014 1:07 PM

cont:

Its not really as simple as saying Meeke is like McRae and Elfyn is like Burns, as Elfyn is actually quite the natural quick driver but he has been given a huge chance at M-Sport that other drivers can only dream about so he needs to tread careful while Malcolm allows him to learn his trade

If Malcolm didn't see a bright future he would not be in the car, Elfyn is still very young and has a specific job to do at M-Sport this season so trying to set fastest times would be in direct defiance of what is required from him at this point of his career

By Comparison Meeke has been employed because of his speed and ability and Citroen expect him to be up there and fighting at the Top, so it is the drivers respective Breif that makes them approach Rallies differently not the type of drivers that they are

Rowdy75

March 20, 2014 1:55 PM

Yep, sorry for comparing them to our countries two best ex world champion drivers!
What I meant by the comparison was pretty much how you have just described them.
In my eyes Kris displays the same if in doubt flat out mentality of Colin, whereas Elfyn is showing a more measured bring it home approach of Richard.
I was not in any way criticising either driver!
Yes, this may all be down to how the team want them to drive, but never the less this year cracks up to be similar in spirit to what we had over ten years ago with McRae and Burns.

DafyddLarcombe

March 20, 2014 3:27 PM

Its Ironic that Richard was initially the cruiser and the 3rd car for Subaru in 1995 when Colin was Flat out taking all that time from Carlos on the R.A.C. and with it winning the World Title that year

Some of the best battles McRae had were with Burnsie, I have fond memories of watching Colins Argentina fight either 2000 or 2001, that was a right ding donger

Then all those Rally GB fights that started in 1997 when Burnsie was driving the Carisma as Mitsubishi preferred to call his car

When Colin Rolled out of the Lead in stage 4 of Rally GB back in 2002 hitting that Hole on a Flat right and destroying the Focus and with it his 2nd World Title, it was Ironically Burnsie who was holding on to his coat tails but Gronholm who was again crowned Champion

DafyddLarcombe

March 20, 2014 3:34 PM

BTW No offence taken Rowdy,

It is terribly sad that the Only Two World Rally Champions ever to emerge out of this country were both sadly taken from us at a very early age, neither drivers reaching their 40th birthday

Its also sad that both drivers could of easily had several WRC Titles had they not had such fierce competition as Gronholm, Sainz, Makkinnen, Kankunnen, Auriol, Solberg, and of course Loeb back when the WRC was full of Talented drivers and Teams with Big Budgets.

The Good old days !!

Rowdy75

March 20, 2014 3:48 PM
Last Edited 187 days ago

And indeed Burns was still in with a shout come the final round in 03, having not even won an event that year but alas . . . . . .

Not sad, tragic!
I was lucky enough to see Colin drive at festival of speed a couple of months prior to his passing, I also happened to be one street away from Richards memorial service in London on that day so was able to stop outside the church and nod my head in respect.

DafyddLarcombe

March 20, 2014 5:20 PM
Last Edited 183 days ago

I didn't know Colin personally although My Co Driver and me were stood right behind him and Gristy in the drivers que signing on before the 1997 Network Q R.A.C. and we had a few Laughs waiting to sort out all the paperwork, he was always laughing and joking, Great Guy !

You can see just how fast he was, there is some amazing in car footage on you tube of him threading the Focus WRC down the stages on Rally GB in 2001, he was flat in 6th for a good few miles and at 8000RPM and flat in 6th in that Focus he would of been pulling around 130MPH on wet Gravel and mud !

If you know which clip I mean you will know how eye popping it really was ...

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