Elfyn Evans says he was hell-bent on securing a first World Rally Championship victory after gaining a useful lead at the midway point and has relished his triumph came on home soil at Wales Rally GB.

The DMACK M-Sport Ford driver has clinched his maiden WRC event win having taken full advantage of DMACK’s tyre edge against the Michelin-shod cars by building an early lead on Friday before rarely looking challenged to seal a historic victory.

Evans becomes the first Welsh driver to win Wales Rally GB while also being the first British driver since Richard Burns in 2000 to claim victory at the British round.

The maiden triumph also lifts Evans up to fifth in the WRC world drivers’ championship as he looks set to celebrate his best-ever campaign at the premier level.

“To be honest half way around Wales Rally GB I was determined nobody was going to get in the way this time,” Evans said. “In terms of the feeling, I felt it was within my reach all the time. I like this feeling and want more of it.

“After shakedown, I think we knew that if conditions came to us then we had the speed there to challenge for victory. But you can never predict anything with this rally. To have a clean run with no problems and no mistakes, no spins, is very difficult here.

“And we’ve had to balance the endurance of the tyre package. We’ve had the performance, but we’ve had to manage the life of the tyres as well. All-in-all, it came together.

“Overall, I'm really pleased and, combined with everything else for the whole team, with Seb [Ogier] and the manufacturers’ crown, it’s been a special day.”