M-Sport's Elfyn Evans says a "clumsy error" on his part was to blame for his early exit from Rally de Portugal on Saturday.

The Welshman re-started under Rally 2 this morning, after an electrical issue on Friday put him out in SS2. However, mid-way through the first test of the leg, SS8, he hit a bank and damaged the front-left suspension on his new Fiesta RS WRC car.

He also encountered further complications having to extinguish a fire caused by the impact splitting an oil pipe.

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"This certainly isn't the rally we wanted and it's fair to say that we're all really disappointed," Evans said. "Okay there was a little mishap that put us back yesterday, but we were looking forward to getting back out and making the most of the new car.

"It's really disappointing for myself and Dan [Barritt, my co-driver] and also for the team who worked so hard to get the car ready for us.

"It was a clumsy error on my part. I got the car set-up for the corner, it gripped in and I went too hard on the inside. We hit the bank, a big stone ripped the suspension off the car, and that was that.

"I had no idea the car was on fire until long after we stopped. My initial reaction was to try and fix the car so I jumped out and went straight to the boot. Then Dan shouted that it was on fire and there was a fairly rapid change of action!

"We think the fire was caused by an oil pipe which split when the wheel was ripped off. Luckily we managed to put it out because I had visions of Mikko [Hirvonen]'s car from Sardinia last year [when it was completely burnt out] and that would have been an absolutely disastrous end to what has already been a very disappointing event!"

Evans will now re-join again on Sunday and he is hoping for an incident-free run through the final three tests.

"We need to look to the future. I'm looking forward to experiencing Fafe tomorrow and we know that there are a lot of positives for the team to take away from this weekend. Ott [Tanak - my team-mate] has already shown how great the potential of this [new] car is and the team are continuously working on new developments so things can only get better."