Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Title-chasing Elfyn Evans relaxed with Sardinia outcome

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FIA World Rally Championship leader Elfyn Evans says there’s nothing more he could have done to better his result at last weekend’s Rally Italia Sardegna.

The Toyota Yaris-driving Welshman finished fourth and watched team-mate Sébastien Ogier narrow his lead at the top of the table from 18 to 14 points with two rounds remaining.

“It’s fair to say I wasn’t really over the moon with the result,” said Evans, “but at the same time, I’m not too disappointed either. I think it was always going to be a tough weekend when you’re opening the road in Sardinia.

“We got some small help with the rain before the recce on one stage, but it cleaned so, so much on Friday afternoon’s stages. There are areas where I felt like performance could have been a bit better, but I’m not sure it would’ve changed that much of the outcome.

“We were running fourth from Friday afternoon and I think we were pretty much out of the podium fight from then on.”

Evans admitted he was disappointed to take just two bonus points from Sunday’s rally-closing Wolf Power Stage – a test where all three Hyundai Motorsport drivers scored points.

“There is something with that [Sassari-Argentiera] stage that just suits the Hyundai,” said Evans. “Their car has always been strong there. I think we could do with some more work for that stage, but maybe it’s the case that it’s not how bad we are but how good they are.

“We need to find an answer for that, but we also need to be careful that we’re not going to tune the car to one stage. Yes, there are a few things to work on, but it wasn’t a terrible weekend.”


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