Elfyn Evans says he has 'a score to settle' at Rally Sweden after suffering a disappointing retirement on the final stage last year.

12 months ago the Welsh driver was left frustrated on his debut at the only winter classified rally on the WRC calendar, when he went off and was forced to retire on the very last stage.

The 26-year-old is determined to make amends this year in his M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS WRC.

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"There's something of a score to settle after last year and I really want to finish this event," Evans said. "We made a fairly solid start 12 months ago, but there was a lot of scope for improvement. Our priority will be to ensure that we show that improvement and do the best job we can."

The Welsh driver had a solid start to the new WRC season, finishing seventh at the season-opener Rallye Monte Carlo. In order to build upon that result, Evans believes the key to success in Sweden will be adapting to the snowy and icy conditions.

"I haven't got a massive amount of experience on snow, but I do enjoy it," he said. "It's unique and different - a new challenge - and I think that's what I like about coming back here; even if I'm not a massive fan of the cold.

"The driving style that you need to adapt here is different to any other round. The feeling isn't a million miles away from driving on gravel, but there are certain techniques that are very specific to driving on snow. We've not mastered them all yet, but we're working on it!"

Evans also said the Swedish rally provides other unique tests including the changeable visibility between stages. Therefore, Evans will need to be highly-tuned in with his co-driver Daniel Barritt to avoid the same unfortunate fate as last year.

"One of the challenges of this event can be vision. When there is fresh snow everything is white and that makes it particularly difficult to read the road ahead," he said. "The conditions can also be quite changeable. If there is a good ice base then the grip levels are fairly high, but sometimes it can be variable which is really tough for the drivers.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge and I can't wait to get out there and hopefully show a marked improvement from last year."

Evans will be joined by M-Sport team-mate Estonian driver Ott Tanak, who notched up an impressive fifth place last year in Sweden. But entered as the team's third driver he was ineligible to score manufacturer points.

The rally departs from Karlstad on Thursday evening (12 February) and runs until Sunday (15 February).