7 November 2013
Wales Rally GB: WRC2: Evans targets home glory
Elfyn Evans is looking to cap a promising WRC campaign with WRC2 success on Wales Rally GB.
At just 24, Elfyn Evans is one of rallying's top prospects, and the young Welshman wants to confirm that belief with success on home soil next weekend.
Evans, whose father Gwyndaf was BRC champion in 1996, has already underlined his huge potential by winning last season's FIA WRC Academy, adding the international title to success in the R2 class of the British series and the UK Fiesta Sport Trophy, and has since graduated to the WRC2 category with the crack Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team.
Having taken two top six finishes already in 2013, he's now targeting another top ten overall finish in Wales, as well a class victory in the fiercely-fought WRC2 category, and accepts that local knowledge will see him start next week's event as one of the favourites for success.
“I am certainly hoping for WRC2 honours on Wales Rally GB,” Evans admitted, “The new Ford Fiesta R5 has shown great performance so far this year and it should be very competitive in the forests.”
With a proven car plus some local knowledge, Evans knows what to expect, though many of the special stages included in this year's refreshed Wales Rally GB are new even to someone who grew up locally in Machynlleth.
“I'm not familiar at all with some of the stages like Penmachno and Gywdyr in Snowdonia, whereas others such as Dyfi and Dyfnant are ones on which I have competed before,” he confirmed, “I enjoy them and seem to go well on them, so those should be good.”
Moreover, with the UK's round of the FIA World Rally Championship now based at the new purpose-built service park in north Wales, Evans is confident that the organiser's hopes of refreshing the event will deliver serious results.
“The service facility is fantastic and, hopefully, it will open up to a whole new audience,” he continued, “When the rally came here in 2011, we saw massive crowds and the work is being done to bring people back.
“The most special thing, though, has to be the stages. Having grown up around some of the best stages in the world, and with this year's revised route, that's what's going to be most special for me. All in all, it should be a well-attended event with a great atmosphere. That's why I am really looking forward to it.”
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