Brynildsen gets best chance to impress with works M-sport Ford Fiesta R5 Evo outing
Eyvind Brynildsen will join the M-sport World Rally Team for the biggest opportunity of his career, driving a Ford Fiesta R5 Evo at this week’s Rally Sweden.
The 28-year-old, who finished second in WRC2 in Sweden last year, partners Elfyn Evans in a sister R5. Norwegian Brynildsen says joining M-sport has given him the best preparation yet for his home event.
“I have never been in a better position leading up to a rally,” he said. “We have everything we need to succeed and I feel really well prepared. If you want to win in Sweden then everything has to be perfect – the driver, the co-driver and the team. If we can do that, then I think we have a good chance and that’s what we’ll all be aiming for.”
Brynilsen will face major WRC2 competition on the Karlstadbased event. Beyond his team-mate Evans, who won WRC2 round one comfortably in Monte Carlo last month, Brynildsen will face a trio of potential winners in Skoda Fabia R5s: Pontus Tidemand, Esapekka Lappi and Ole Christian Veiby. Last year’s Junior ERC champion Emil Bergkvist makes his first WRC2 appearance in a Citroen DS 3 R5.