Time to fo­cus on fu­ture for Evans

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Dif­fi­cult as it might be, it’s time to for­get what’s gone on in the past and fo­cus on what lies ahead for Elfyn Evans.

His po­si­tion at M-sport is a re­ally tricky one. But the key fac­tor to re­mem­ber is that he still has a po­si­tion in the World Rally Cham­pi­onship. Granted, it’s not as strong as it once was, but it’s a base to work from.

And Monte Carlo’s a good place to start. There’s no­body on the WRC2 en­try list that should scare Evans – he’s got the mea­sure of all of them. The one he wants to keep an eye on is Es­apekka Lappi. The Monte’s a great op­por­tu­nity for Evans to put the cho­sen one to the sword.

Granted, Lappi’s only done the event once com­pared to Evans’ two starts, but no­body would deny the Finn’s greater knowl­edge of his Skoda Fabia R5.

That said, Evans’ speed and abil­ity in the orig­i­nal Fi­esta R5 was be­yond ques­tion. He won WRC2 on his fi­nal world cham­pi­onship out­ing in one of those cars and the com­mer­cial im­pact of his sixth over­all on the 2013 Rally Ger­many – when the R5 car was only two ral­lies old – was huge. And much ap­pre­ci­ated at M-sport.

Now’s not the time for ap­por­tion­ing blame, the full-time Fi­esta RS WRC drive has gone. For now.

Elfyn, it’s time to get your head down, for­get the sto­ries about the French­man who might or might not have bought your seat, and nail this next chap­ter.

Get this one right and you’ll come out a stronger, more com­plete and more at­trac­tive driver than ever be­fore.

Get this one right and you’ll be back in the game just in time for the driver mar­ket to start favour­ing the driv­ers rather than team prin­ci­pals.

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