M-Sport's Elfyn Evans feels road position will be a significant factor on the potential outcome of Rally d'Italia but insists he hasn't set himself a target finishing position.

After recording his career-best finish of third place in Argentina, Evans was given a tough return when he crashed out of Rally Portugal last month.

His retirement in Portugal ended the M-Sport driver's run of finishing every event in 2015 but he is confident of bouncing back in round six of the WRC championship.

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Evans, who sits sixth in the WRC championship, says his middle order starting position could benefit his M-Sport Ford squad. For 2015, WRC regulations dictate the championship leader (Sebastien Ogier) is the first driver on the road for Friday and Saturday before the reversed starting procedure is implemented on Sunday.

"Road position should play a big role," Evans said. "Last year we saw the results table turned out its head at the end of the first day, and we will run in championship order for two days this year so that will be interesting We're in the middle of the pack so it's not a bad position, but there'll still be those with a greater advantage."

Evans has ruled out a fixed finishing target in Italy and prefers to focus on having a solid and error-free race in his Ford Fiesta RS WRC machine.

"Our aim is just to go out and enjoy the rally," the Welshman said. "We've not set any specific targets, we just want to enjoy the rally and find a good rhythm for the events to come. If we can do that with a clean run and no mistakes, the weekend could yield a good result."