M-Sport's Elfyn Evans says that while he cannot be satisfied with his sixth place finish on Rallye Deutschland, he is convinced the "potential is there" to challenge for top positions when "everything is right."

Evans moved up to sixth on Friday afternoon, and in the cooler morning temperatures on Saturday and Sunday posted some good times in his Fiesta RS WRC. Indeed he was second fastest in SS9 and third fastest in SS19. He was also the fastest through SS18, the opening test on the final day, making him the only man other than Sebastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala to secure a stage win.

However, in the warmer afternoon stages he was unable to go so well, an issue which left him over a minute off the final podium position at the end.

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"I can't say I'm satisfied with the rally as a whole, but there were a lot of positives and I was certainly satisfied with our performance on a couple of individual stages," the Welshman reflected.

"We came very close to winning two stages - and we did win one - but we didn't get everything 100 percent right this weekend.

"In the mornings the pace and the feeling in the car was good but as the temperatures increased, we just didn't seem able to keep that same speed. It's clearly something we need to work on, but the potential is there and we know we can be challenging for the top positions when everything is right.

"I'm sure there'll be a lot of hard work going on behind the scenes as we prepare for Corsica, and we hope that will result in us fighting towards the very top when the championship returns to Tarmac in October."

Meanwhile M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson agreed that there is work needed to make that 'vital step forward' on the next sealed-surface event in Corsica.

"I think it's fair to say that we expected a little bit more from this weekend, but we didn't get everything 100 percent perfect and that's something we need to work on ahead of Corsica," confirmed Wilson, who had been hoping to see his drivers challenge for a podium.

"When Elfyn felt confident in the car, his pace was extremely strong and there's no doubting the huge potential he and the Fiesta have on this surface. This event was completely dominated by Sebastien [Ogier] and Jari-Matti [Latvala]; so for Elfyn to be the only other driver to secure a stage victory just goes to prove how strong that potential is.

"There will be a lot of hard work behind the scenes now as we prepare for the next Tarmac event. We know that we have the speed, we just need to ensure that we have everything in place to sustain it over the course of a full weekend."