WRC Rally Sweden: Evans beats Meeke to sixth

M-Sport's Elfyn Evans wins the 'battle of the Brits' in Sweden and sees off Kris Meeke's Citroen to secure sixth position
M-Sport World Rally Team driver Elfyn Evans managed to beat fellow countryman Kris Meeke to sixth place on Rally Sweden last weekend.

Evans and Meeke concluded Saturday's leg split by just 0.4 seconds and going into the final stage the Ulsterman remained a threat, only 1.4 seconds back.

However mid-day through the 15.87km Varmullsasen 2 test, Meeke spun and lost 10-15 seconds, leaving Evans to come through to take sixth with ease, 12.8s the difference at the finish.

“On the whole, I think we did a good job this weekend,” said Evans. “I actually enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would and we had a great battle with Kris today.

"From yesterday afternoon onwards I really enjoyed the driving. We had a good feeling in our Ford Fiesta RS WRC and everything just came together as it should.”

“It's been an event of two halves though,” added the Welshman. “We made a mistake [in SS8] on Friday which cost us a lot of time - about 2 minutes - and we struggled to find the confidence at times, but generally I think we've learnt a lot and we were able to show some pretty good pace towards the end.

“We only do one snow rally a year and this is only my second so it all bodes well for the future.

“I'm really pleased with the progress we were able to show here and I think we've proved our potential on this surface.”

Meanwhile, Meeke had a similarly mixed event in his DS3 WRC and while he showed good pace - winning SS16 and setting eleven top-five times in total - he also made a number of errors, although like Evans this was only his second ever snow rally.

“In Sweden, you have to be very clean through the stages, but I got caught out a few times [notably in the final test on Sunday and in SS7 on Friday, when I hit a snow bank and lost 3 minutes],” the Citroen man admitted.

“Nevertheless, winning a stage on only my second appearance here on the snow is a fairly encouraging sign.”

“My pace has improved significantly compared with last year. I feel comfortable in the DS 3 WRC. I have to keep doing the same thing now and cut out the errors. In Mexico, we have to get to the end of the rally without any mistakes,” he concluded.
by Rob Wilkins

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Elfyn Evans, Daniel Barrit (Ford Fiesta WRC, #6 M-Sport World Rally Team)
Elfyn Evans, Daniel Barrit (Ford Fiesta WRC, #6 M-Sport World Rally Team)
Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
Elfyn Evans, Daniel Barrit (Ford Fiesta WRC, #6 M-Sport World Rally Team)
Elfyn Evans, Daniel Barrit (Ford Fiesta WRC, #6 M-Sport World Rally Team)

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February 16, 2015 1:45 PM

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February 19, 2015 10:26 AM

This really does show how far Elfyn has developed. Meeke was contracted to Citroen because he showed he had the speed to compete for regular Podiums, and now Elfyn has beaten him on an event where both drivers were competing on an even playing field for just their second time there. I am sure that Elfyn will even beat his team mate on occasion later this season. He really is coming on strong now. I think Meeke will continue to Impress too and I can see a good few podiums coming for him this season Tanak is also doing really well, comfortably running in 4th on Monte until sliding wide and slipping down over that bank, same again in Sweden but got to the finish still in 4th. I think he will go well by the time we get to Finland and he is feeling more confident in his driving

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