Elfyn Evans got his 2014 WRC campaign off to a flying start with sixth place on his Rallye Monte Carlo debut.

The young Welshman was piloting a full-blown World Rally car for only the second time on the event, but nevertheless ran strongly throughout, gaining a wealth of invaluable experience through the treacherous speed tests.

He posted top ten times in his Fiesta RS WRC on every single stage - bar one - and also demonstrated flashes of brilliance too, with a fourth best time in SS11 and finishing just 0.5 seconds shy of a stage win in SS3.

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"I'm absolutely delighted to have made it to the finish in such a strong position," said the M-Sport World Rally Team man.

"We managed to keep our noses clean all event - no moments, no dramas, no big slides. To drive round a tricky event like this, like we did, it is a big achievement for us and it fulfils everything we wanted from the weekend."

"There are a lot of people who made it all possible - the ice note crew being one, the team being another. It was a big step to come into a squad like this, and with a top car for my first outing on the Monte, so a big thanks to Malcolm [Wilson - team boss] and the team for the opportunity," added the 25-year-old.

Wilson meanwhile was quick to praise the youngster for his performance and believes it shows he will go far in the years to come.

"It's been a fantastic start to Elfyn's WRC campaign and he richly deserved this sixth place. He has coped well in one of the most difficult Montes for number of years and it sends out a strong message that he has a great career ahead of him," Wilson concluded.