Elfyn Evans says he needs to work out what went "wrong" on Rally Australia so he can ensure he doesn't have another rally like it for "a very long time".

The M-Sport World Rally Team man struggled for confidence throughout the event and lost a minute on Friday morning in SS4 when he picked up a puncture after spinning and hitting a bank.

In the end he was a distant ninth at the finish, more than 2 minutes off Hyundai's Dani Sordo in eighth and almost three minutes off team-mate Ott Tanak in sixth.

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"It's been a really tough rally for us," said the Welshman. "We managed to make some small inroads throughout the weekend, but we still weren't where we wanted to be.

"It's important that we go back to the office now and work out what was wrong so that we can ensure that we don't have another rally like this for a very long time!"

"My mind is firmly fixed on Corsica now where I hope that we can rebuild our confidence and start to show the speed we know we are capable of," he added.

Meanwhile, M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson echoed those thoughts, confirming the team will need to analyse why Evans struggled so much over the three-days in Coffs Harbour.

"Obviously this is a rally that Elfyn will want to forget, but we need to understand why he wasn't able to compete at the level we all know he is capable of.

"We will analyse all of the data when we get back to the UK and I know that he will already be focussing on Corsica," Wilson concluded.