M-Sport's Elfyn Evans says it was a "big positive" for him to match a career-best fourth place finish on Rally Mexico last weekend.

Evans adopted a risk-free strategy and apart from a little error in one of the super specials on Thursday evening, had a smooth run in his Fiesta RS WRC car. Indeed he set top-ten times in all but a few tests, peaking with a third best effort in SS4 and fourth in SS15.

It is the third time the Welshman has finished fourth in a WRC event, achieving the feat for the first time on this event last year. He was also fourth in Germany in 2014. He now moves up to fifth in the Drivers' Championship with 26 points on the board.

"Overall I am extremely happy with my rally and to come away with a strong fourth place - equalling my best ever result - was a big positive," Evans confirmed.

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"From a driving satisfaction point of view I think the pace was much better in Sweden and Monte, but we knew we needed a good result here and that is what we did.

"The main objective was to have a solid, mistake-free run and I think we have done that. Other than hitting a few tyres on the super special we didn't have a single mistake which is something of an achievement here!

"Of course it was a bit frustrating at times - not being able to push to the maximum when there was a lot more to give - but on the final day especially there was much more to lose than there was to gain."

Meanwhile, M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson reckons the result will help Evans' confidence heading to Argentina and beyond.

"Elfyn and Dan [Barritt - his co-driver] secured a great fourth place - equalling their best - and are now in a strong fifth place in the Drivers' Championship.

"I think it is fair to say that he was a little frustrated at times this weekend because he clearly had a lot more to give, but he kept his head and a mistake-free run on an event like this will only build his confidence going forward now," Wilson added.

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