Elfyn Evans finished second in WRC2 and sixth overall on Rallye Deutschland last weekend following a 'great fight' with former F1 race winner, Robert Kubica.

Evans and Kubica ended up scrapping for the WRC2 win throughout the four-days in Germany, and twice on Saturday, the Welshman moved ahead.

Ultimately though, Elfyn had to settle for the runners-up spot, 12.9 seconds off his Polish rival, although his performance was still superb - equalling his best ever showing in the WRC with P6 overall and showcasing the huge potential of the new Fiesta R5 on asphalt.

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"This has been a really enjoyable rally - we had a great fight with Robert from start to finish. There were a couple of small errors from my side which cost us pretty dearly to be honest, but other than that I think we can be really happy with what we achieved here," said Elfyn, who was again running in Qatar M-Sport colours.

"We were a bit too cautious on the first stage on Sunday morning [SS15]. Robert really pushed on and took a good ten seconds out of us there so that was really the end of our hopes.

"We had a decent run through the last stage [SS16] - taking six seconds out of him - but it wasn't quite enough."

"The car has, however, been absolutely sensational all weekend. We already knew how good it was on gravel, and I think now we've proved that it is just as competitive on tarmac... everyone should go out and buy one!" Elfyn added.

"It's been a really enjoyable weekend and I can't wait to get back behind the wheel now in France."

M-Sport boss, Malcolm Wilson meanwhile was impressed with the Briton's drive: "It was another extremely strong performance from Elfyn as he demonstrated the Ford Fiesta R5's potential on asphalt as well as gravel - proving that it's the car to have on all surfaces. He produced a very mature and sensible drive in difficult conditions," Wilson stated.

"To be exchanging the lead with somebody like Robert Kubica whilst not allowing himself to get sucked into making any mistakes in the heat of the moment was very impressive.

"I'm sure he will go away from here having learned a lot, and I'm looking forward to seeing how he fares against Robert over the remaining two rounds."