Welshman Elfyn Evans will return to his homeland to compete on the Nicky Grist Stages this weekend in the new Ford Fiesta R5 as part of his preparation for Rally Finland.

Elfyn and co-driver, Daniel Barritt will undertake a three day programme which will include a test, competing on the Nicky Grist Stages in Mid Wales and finally to act as Course Car for the P&R Benn Greystoke Stages on Sunday as a chance to get further experience of the car before their international debut with it in three weeks time.

"This is a great chance for me to get some more experience with the car and a chance for the team to get some more mileage under its belt before we head over to Finland," said Elfyn, who recently took a brilliant sixth place finish overall on Rally Italia Sardegna - his debut event in a WRC car. "I am looking forward to getting out on stages that I know well and to see how far we have come with the development of the car."

Evans will use the Michelin supported car in the same launch colour scheme that Belgian driver, Thierry Neuville used at the recent Ypres Rally.

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