Elfyn Evans will drive M-Sport's new Ford Fiesta R5 at Rallyday 2013, the UK's Premier Rally Car Show at Wiltshire's Castle Combe Circuit, which takes place later this month (September 21).
The young Welshman, who is part of the Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team, has been making a name for himself this season in the 2013 FIA World Rally Championship and he most recently finished a fantastic sixth overall – and second in WRC 2 – on ADAC Rallye Deutschland (August 22-25), the ninth round out of 13.
The result equalled his previous best in the WRC - achieved back in June on Rally Italia Sardegna, although then he was making his debut in a WRC car, standing in for Nasser Al-Attiyah, and driving the Fiesta RS WRC.
“Rallyday is a brilliant event which always attracts a lot of spectators so I am very happy to be attending this year's event with the Ford Fiesta R5,” said Elfyn, the 2012 FIA WRC Academy Cup winner, who will be joined at the event by his father, 1996 British Rally Champion, Gwyndaf.
“The car is absolutely fantastic, and following some great results at WRC level, I can't wait to show it off in front of the home fans,” Elfyn continued.
M-Sport managing director, Malcolm Wilson, OBE added: “M-Sport are always very keen to have a presence at Rallyday, and this year we will be there with one of our most exciting projects and one of our most impressive up-and-coming young drivers.
“I am very proud of the Ford Fiesta R5, so it is fantastic that Elfyn will be able to demonstrate its performance in front of the huge crowds we have come to expect at this event.
“Elfyn too has been working hard and getting some good results in the past few months. With two career-best sixth place finishes – one behind the wheel of the Ford Fiesta RS WRC in Sardinia, and the other with the Fiesta R5 in Germany – it will be a great opportunity for him to meet and thank the fans who have supported him over the years.”
News of Elfyn's attendance follows confirmation in July that Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier
will also be at the event.
The Frenchman, who could clinch the 2013 WRC Drivers' title on Rally Australia, which takes place the weekend before Rallyday, will drive a genuine ex-works Group B Audi Quattro A2. Ogier will also present the inaugural 'Brian Stubbings Spirit of Rallyday' Trophy, created in honour of Brian, the co-founder of Rallyday, who sadly passed away in February this year.