Britain's Elfyn Evans has set his sights on trying to further reduce the gap to the head of the pack on Rally de Portugal.
Evans took a career-best fourth place in Mexico last month and is showing real promise in what is his development year at the WRC's highest level. However, the Welshman is refusing to get carried away, and while he has been to Portugal before - twice to be precise, his aim is again to make it through all the stages unscathed as he looks to gain experience and mileage in his M-Sport World Rally Team-run Ford Fiesta RS WRC.
“This is the first familiar event of the year for me which definitely helps. We have a good proportion of the notes from previous years, and although there will still be some new sections, the majority of the recce will involve amending the existing notes which have evolved in the past 12 months,” he said in the countdown to the fourth round in the 2014 World Rally Championship.
“Some of the stages vary in character and are quite technical in places so accurate pacenotes are extremely important,” he added. “There are a lot of corners on crests which can be really tricky, so it is encouraging to know that we go there with two years' experience under our belts.”
“I think our approach, however, will remain largely unchanged,” continued the Crash.net
columnist. “We'll certainly be a lot more comfortable on the stages and our familiarity of the event will make things easier, but we need to remember that this year is all about developing our skills at this level.
“Our main goal will be to get consistently closer to the guys at the head of the field. We've made good progress so far this year, and Portugal will provide us with the perfect opportunity to work on reducing that gap further,” he concluded.