M-Sport's Elfyn Evans took a career-best WRC result after finishing second on this weekend's Tour de Corse - Rallye de France.

Despite it being his first experience of the event in Corsica, Evans stormed into the lead on the opening day, and while heavy storms and challenging conditions knocked the leading drivers off their rhythm, he finished the day top, thanks to a brilliant performance in SS3.

The Welshman then held onto the lead on Saturday morning, before slipping behind Jari-Matti Latvala in the afternoon.

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Nevetheless, he was just 2s back going into the final day and while he did have to concede defeat and also came under pressure from Andreas Mikkelsen, he held on to secure the runners-up spot and notch up his second podium of the year.

"I think it's fair to say that it's been one hell of a week for Welsh sport! To see the Welsh rugby team doing so well, and then my result here, it's just a great achievement and I really hope that I did the boys back home proud," Evans said after the eleventh round in the 2015 World Rally Championship.

"Needless to say we're delighted with the result. Coming here for the first time and seeing how tough the conditions were going to be, I never imagined that we'd be leading the rally by such a strong margin.

"It was a bit of a nice surprise to say the least, and I'm glad that we were able to bring home such a strong result for the team because they really do deserve it. We have done a lot of work since Germany and it's just great to see that it all paid off.

"A big thanks to the team and also to the gravel crew who did a fantastic job all weekend. And thanks also to everyone who has been sending in their messages of support. I haven't read them all yet, but I will certainly find time to do that before Spain!"

Meanwhile, Evans was decidedly modest when quizzed about his form on the Friday: "It didn't feel like we were doing anything special. We just happened to click in those conditions and it worked," he continued.

"Obviously the times were there. It was a really positive start to the rally and we just had to carry on. It wasn't easy but it got easier, so yes, it was a good start."

Asked if this result has now given him a boost after his struggles on Rally Australia, he replied: "It certainly won't do any harm. It's obvious it's not been the year we wanted after Argentina [when we finished third]. We felt we made really good progress at the end of last year and the beginning of this year.

"My performance is getting stronger on Tarmac, not as strong as gravel but it's getting better. I am growing in confidence with it."

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Fantastic result. I think the headline about Msport consider dropping Evans after Oz was dreamt up by the media short of headlines.

We all know he is too good to be dropped and Malcolm has invested too much in him.

He's still developing so hopefully this result will give him more confidence to push for more podiums.