M-Sport's Elfyn Evans will contest Sol Rally Barbados next month, it has been announced.
Evans, who is aiming for two titles this year, running in WRC2 and in the re-vamped British Rally Championship, will pilot John Powell's Fiesta R5 Evo.
“I've heard a lot of great things about this event so a big thanks to John [Powell], M-Sport and the rally organisers for giving myself and Craig [Parry – my co-driver] an opportunity to experience it for ourselves,” Evans said.
“There's always a lot of competition and the event attracts a lot of top-specification cars, so we'll have to wait and see what happens. But, if there is a possibility to challenge for the win, we'll certainly give it a go!
“This really is a unique opportunity to experience another new and very popular event. I'm sure it will live up to the expectation and I'm really looking forward to sampling the atmosphere first hand.”
Sol Rally Barbados chairman, Mark Hamilton, added: “Through the years, our event has been fortunate to attract high-profile regional and international crews, who have enhanced the event's competitive nature, and also its worldwide profile. We are confident that Elfyn and Craig will do so again. The participation of a crew and car that currently compete at the highest level in both the British Rally Championship and WRC 2 ticks two new boxes for us, and we hope this is a sign of things to come.
“The M-Sport built Fiesta R5 will add a new dimension to this year's Sol Rally Barbados and I am sure that spectators will enjoy watching the local, regional and international crews over the three days of competition.
“We must thank Intercontinental Shipping and John Powell for their involvement in making this a reality, M-Sport for their interest in, and support of the effort and, of course, Elfyn and Craig for their time to come and have a play in the sand, sea, sun and speed that Barbados has to offer”.