Elfyn Evans admitted he was disappointed at failing to make it to the finish on Rally Sweden after being forced to retire from the second round of the World Rally Championship season.

The M-Sport driver had been looking to build on a solid performance on the season opener in Monte Carlo in what was his first appearance on a snow rally.

Improving his pace as the event wore on, the Welsh youngster looked set to add to his points tally only to go off on the 24th and final test - damaging the radiator and putting him into retirement.

"We were achieving what we wanted from the event - improving the pace and on course for what would have been a good result for us - so it is really disappointing that it had to finish the way that it did," he said.

"We were going into a corner that tightened, but unfortunately I didn't have that marked in the notes. It wasn't a very high-speed incident by all means, but the back end stepped out and after that there wasn't a lot we could do to save it. We went off the road and damaged the radiator.

"It is extremely disappointing to end the event like this, but at least we got through the majority of the stages. It was a good event in terms of gaining experience, so now we just need to take that forward and move onto the next one."

Team boss Malcolm Wilson said he was still pleased with Evans' performance during the weekend, despite the manner in which his Swedish outing came to an end.

"It was a real shame to see Elfyn stopped on the final stage," he said. "He got caught out on a really fast, tricky section. He may not have finished the rally, but I am pleased that he has completed the majority of the distance. It's what he needed to do to get the experience for the future and it is all part of his development. It is just a shame that we lost some valuable points."



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