Elfyn Evans feels last year's experience has put him in a promising position for the 2015 World Rally Championship, which begins this weekend with the Rallye Monte Carlo.

The M-Sport driver made his first appearance at the prestigious season-opener 12 months ago - finishing a creditable sixth - and said it was a challenge which he has benefited from.

"We had very little experience of the Fiesta RS WRC and we hadn't been to Monte Carlo before so there were a lot of new things to learn," Evans said. "But this year everything is much more familiar. The car in particular is a lot more familiar. The event will still be very difficult, but with a full year of competition under our belts I'm really looking forward to it."

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The Welshman returns for his second full season in the Ford Fiesta RS WRC and is targeting consistency in 2015 after last season's varying results.

Evans scored two career-best fourth places in Mexico and Germany respectively, but also failed to gain any points-paying positions in Sweden, Portugal, Poland and Spain.

"If we can secure a solid result to start the year that would be great," he added. "This is a difficult rally so if we can get to the end with glimpses of speed and some good consistency I'll be happy."

The 26-year-old impressed in his first appearance in Monte Carlo with M-Sport and is aware that the rally can throw up its own unique difficulties.

"The biggest challenge is undoubtedly the changeable weather conditions - not just from stage to stage but also within a stage. To be successful you need to make smart tyre choices and ultimately find the best compromise for each loop."