Elfyn Evans has been banned from driving for a year, and will have to retake his driving test, after losing an appeal against a conviction for dangerous driving,

One of the UK's top young rally drivers, the 19-year old son of former British champion Gwyndaf, was convicted in June following an incident in Cheshire and, BBC Wales reports, lost his appeal at Chester Crown Court last week.

The verdict completed a difficult few months for Evans and co-driver Gareth Roberts, who were involved in a fatal crash during the Donegal Rally in Ireland, also in June, although no police action was taken on that occasion.

Evans emerged from his father's shadow by winning the Fiesta Sporting Trophy titles in both the UK and Ireland this season, but insisted that he had no comment to make regarding the verdict.

It is not yet clear how the driving ban will affect his burgeoning career, but previous similar cases have not normally resulted in an absence from competition, with co-drivers taking over behind the wheel for all road sections. Evans is likely to have been included on the entry list for the final round of this year's World Rally Championship, Wales Rally GB, in early December.

Evans was absolved of any blame in the Donegal incident, with 18-year old victim Richard McGrath's brother insisting the Welshman was not to blame.

"I went up to him and shook his hand, the poor fella was just out of it," he told the Derry Journal at the time, "He was just trying to come to terms with it the same as us.

"This was an accident that could have happened to anyone. We have never missed a Donegal Rally in our lives - Richard knew the rules but he just got it wrong. He waited for one car to pass and thought it was clear to cross without seeing the other car coming behind it. The engine of two cars can easily sound like one, it was just a mistake."



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