Elfyn Evans is hungry to finish his 2015 World Rally Championship on a high at his home event Wales Rally GB as he prepares to tear around the stages where he spent the majority of his childhood.
The Welsh driver has enjoyed a successful second full season with the M-Sport Ford squad by taking his first two premier class rostrum results in Argentina and France. The 26-year-old has already equalled his 2014 WRC total points tally with one round remaining and is looking to finish with a final flourish heading into the winter.
“After Argentina and Corsica, I would obviously love to score my third WRC podium in Wales,” Evans said. “Given the calibre of the opposition out there, it will be no mean feat, but I can promise you we will be giving it our all and that's what we are aiming for.”
Evans says local knowledge of the Wales Rally GB stages is useful but may not provide a noticeable edge on his rivals as he prepares to return home.
“It [Wales Rally GB] is difficult to describe,” he added. “In some ways it's actually quite strange. Knowing so many people in the area in a non-rallying context, it's a bit surreal to be 'going to work' there at more than 120mph! Both Gartheiniog and Dyfi run very close to where I grew up, and to have the opportunity to compete so close to home is pretty unique.”
“The stages are fantastic. Everywhere else in the world we go, when there is rain and mud, there is practically no grip – but here that never seems to be a problem, meaning you can settle into a good rhythm and really attack the event and enjoy the whole experience.”
The 71st Wales Rally GB hosts the final round of the 2015 World Rally Championship between 13-15 November darting across Flintshire and North Wales.