Welshman Elfyn Evans has said on the whole he had a 'productive weekend' on Rally Poland.
Evans wasn't pleased with his pace initially, but grew in confidence as the event progressed and was running in the top-ten until a dramatic SS14, which saw a number of the top runners fall by the wayside. Evans hit a rock near the finish of that test and damaged the lower front suspension link on his M-Sport Fiesta RS WRC, forcing him out – the same rock also took out Mads Ostberg and damaged the damper on Jari-Matti Latvala's Polo.
Re-starting the for the final day under Rally 2 though, Evans then set more top-ten times - including going eighth in SS22 and sixth in SS23. In total he set twelve top-ten times from a possible 16.
“I think it's fair to say that it was a difficult start for us. We were able to build the pace as the weekend went on, but it took me a little longer than I would have liked to adapt. Once we started to get used to the speed, however, I think the times were quite promising,” said Evans, who was eventually classified 35th.
“Just as we were getting to the point where we felt comfortable to up our game [though] and push a bit more, we hit the rock which caught out so many crews on SS14. It was a shame for sure, but that's just the way it is sometimes and you have to put it down to experience,” he continued.
“It was good to get back out on Sunday [under Rally 2] – to get some more mileage and perfect the notes for the future. It wasn't a fantastic run being first on the road, but on the whole it has been a very productive weekend.
“It's all good practice ahead of Rally Finland [at the end of this month]. We've got a bit of a break now but with a good test before the rally I'm sure we'll be looking for a strong result,” he added.
M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson meanwhile believes the youngster is continuing to develop and move forward: “Elfyn was unfortunate on day three, but his progression behind the wheel has been very impressive. After a somewhat shaky start, he found a good rhythm and his splits have been good.
"These fast stages will see him well placed as we head to Rally Finland and a series of events on which he has more experience.”