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Evans secures M-Sport seat for Rally Monte Carlo

Elfyn Evans has landed a factory M-Sport drive for Rally Monte Carlo after the event's entry list was confirmed, joining alongside Sebastien Ogier and Ott Tanak.
Elfyn Evans has landed a factory M-Sport drive for Rally Monte Carlo after the event's entry list was confirmed, joining alongside Sebastien Ogier and Ott Tanak.

The Welsh driver returns to the premier class in WRC with the British squad having competed for them in 2014 and 2015 and will drive the #3 plated M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC, with Ogier retaining the #1 as defending champion and team-mate Tanak taking the #2 plate.

Evans' car will run DMACK tyres while both Ogier and Tanak will use Michelin compounds. Ex-M-Sport driver Eric Camilli has been rotated down to a WRC2 entry.

Hyundai Motorsport's trio of Thierry Neuville, Dani Sordi and Hayden Paddon will run the #4, #5 and #6 plates respectively having finished as runners-up in the 2016 WRC manufacturers' championship.

The fully-fledged return of Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT sees Meeke run the #7 and Stephane Lefebvre #8, with the new Toyota Gazoo Racing WRC effort of Jari-Matti Latvala (#10) and Juho Hanninen (#11) splitting the third Citroen of Craig Breen (#12) in the running order.

Former Volkswagen Motorsport driver Andreas Mikkelsen, who was the big-name casualty of the German manufacturer's sudden exit from the sport, lines up for Skoda in WRC2 with the #31 plate.

Selected Rally Monte Carlo entries

#1 Sebastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia Ford Fiesta WRC
#2 Ott Tanak/Martin Jarveoja Ford Fiesta WRC
#3 Elfyn Evans/Dan Barritt Ford Fiesta WRC
#4 Hayden Paddon/John Kennard Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC
#5 Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC
#6 Dani Sordo/Marc Marti Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC
#7 Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle Citroen C3 WRC
#8 Stephane Lefebvre/Gabin Moreau Citroen C3 WRC
#10 Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila Toyota Yaris WRC
#11 Juho Hanninen/Kaj Lindstrom Toyota Yaris WRC
#12 Craig Breen/Scott Martin DS3 WRC
by Haydn Cobb



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Elfyn Evans (GBR) Ford Fiesta WRC
Elfyn Evans (GBR) Ford Fiesta WRC
21.05.2017 - 1st place Sébastien Ogier (FRA)-Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Ford Fiesta WRC, M‐Sport World Rally Team, 2nd place Thierry Neuville (BEL)-Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL) Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC, Hyundai Motorsport and 3rd place Dani Sordo (ESP)-Marc Marti (ESP),Hyundai i2 Coupe WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
21.05.2017 - Fabio Andolfi (ITA) Manuel Fenoli (ITA) HYUNDAI i20 R5, ACI TEAM ITALIA
21.05.2017 - HIROKI ARAI (JPN) - GLENN MACNEALL (AUS) FORD FIESTA R5, TOMMI MÄKINEN RACING
21.05.2017 - HIROKI ARAI (JPN) - GLENN MACNEALL (AUS) FORD FIESTA R5, TOMMI MÄKINEN RACING
21.05.2017 - TEEMU SUNINEN (FIN) - MIKKO MARKKULA (FIN) FORD FIESTA R5, M-SPORT WORLD RALLY TEAM
21.05.2017 - Pontus Tidemand (SWE)-Jonas Andersson (SWE) Skoda Fabia R5 WRC2, Skoda Motorsport
21.05.2017 - Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR)-Anders Jaeger (NOR) SKODA FABIA R5, SKODA MOTORSPORT
21.05.2017 - Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR)-Anders Jaeger (NOR) SKODA FABIA R5, SKODA MOTORSPORT
21.05.2017 - JEAN-MICHEL RAOUX (FRA) - THOMAS ESCARTEFIGUE (FRA) CITROEN DS3 WRC
21.05.2017 - Martin Prokop (CZE) - Jan Tomanek (CZE) Ford Fiesta RS WRC, ONEBET JIPOCAR WORLD RALLY TEAM
21.05.2017 - Martin Prokop (CZE) - Jan Tomanek (CZE) Ford Fiesta RS WRC, ONEBET JIPOCAR WORLD RALLY TEAM
21.05.2017 - SHEIK KHALID AL QASSIMI (ARE) - CHRIS PATTERSON (GBR) CITROEN C3 WRC, CITROËN TOTAL ABU DHABI WRT
21.05.2017 - SHEIK KHALID AL QASSIMI (ARE) - CHRIS PATTERSON (GBR) CITROEN C3 WRC, CITROËN TOTAL ABU DHABI WRT
21.05.2017 - Mads Ostberg (NOR)-Ola Floene (NOR) Ford Fiesta WRC, M‐Sport World Rally Team
21.05.2017 - Mads Ostberg (NOR)-Ola Floene (NOR) Ford Fiesta WRC, M‐Sport World Rally Team
21.05.2017 - Essapeka Lappi (FIN) Janne Ferm (FIN), TOYOTA YARIS WRC, TOYOTA GAZOO RACING WRT

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Gilles74

January 09, 2017 11:08 PM

With ten days to go, this season promises to be very interesting. Evans rounds out an excellent team. Very exciting with the world champion joining, not to mention Tanak. Will little Seb dominate? if so, who will be runner up, best of the rest? Will Toyota be strong? Hyundai? Citroen? How do improvements from the new regulations align with each team?



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