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Wales Rally GB: Evans sits tight on 2016 M-Sport race seat

Elfyn Evans says he feels he has done enough to keep his M-Sport Ford place for next season after battling back to take sixth at Wales Rally GB.
Elfyn Evans says he feels he has done enough to keep his M-Sport World Rally Team race seat for next season after battling back from a tyre puncture to secure sixth place at his home event Wales Rally GB.

The Welsh driver has confirmed he is still in the dark about his prospects for the 2016 World Rally Championship, with team boss Malcolm Wilson OBE stating no decision will be made on drivers until a thorough review on the 2015 campaign.

After enjoying the most successful WRC campaign to his burgeoning career – ending the year seventh in the drivers' championship while collecting his maiden WRC rostrums at Argentina and France – Evans feels he deserves another shot with M-Sport next season.

“Everyone keeps asking me if I have done enough to be here next year and I would like to think that I have,” Evans said. “At the start of the season we were going really well and were as high as fourth in the championship at one point.

“Unfortunately when we got the new car I just didn't quite get to grips with her. It's taken until now for me to feel comfortable on gravel but I feel as though we have made a big step forward and want to continue that progression into next year.

“I think that our potential is there. We have learnt a lot over the last 12 months and it would be a shame not to put all of that to good use next season.”

Were it not for a puncture on SS4 where the M-Sport driver lost over 90 seconds to his rivals, Evans says he could have been challenging for fourth place and on the edge of a rostrum result. As it was, the Welsh driver clawed his way up from ninth to finish his home round in sixth place.

“Overall I think we have performed quite strongly this weekend,” he said. “Without the puncture it would have been a really comfortable fourth place but we all know that rallying is a game of ifs and buts.

“The conditions made for a particularly difficult rally but that is what makes this event so special and I was pretty pleased with our performance over the first couple of days. We worked really hard to improve our gravel performance ahead of this one and we were there or there abouts and best of the rest after the leading pack.

“I also have to say a huge thanks to all of the spectators and marshals who braved the elements this weekend. The support that we received was incredible so a big thanks to them.”



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