EVANS CLOS­ING ON WRC RE­TURN

Welsh­man could be in a Fi­esta WRC be­fore sea­son end

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - By David Evans Photos: mck­lein-im­age­database.com, Jakob Ebrey

El­fyn Evans’ re­turn to a World Rally Car looks to be get­ting closer with con­fir­ma­tion of a WRC2 pro­gramme weighted to­wards the first half of the sea­son.

Evans par­tic­i­pated in his third WRC2 round of the sea­son in Ar­gentina last week ( see re­port, page 24) and will con­test three of the next four world cham­pi­onship rounds in an ef­fort to sew up the WRC2 ti­tle as soon as pos­si­ble.

The Welsh­man will com­pete in Por­tu­gal, Poland and Fin­land, leav­ing one more scor­ing op­por­tu­nity to be de­cided.

M-sport’s Rich Mil­lener, who was deputis­ing for Mal­colm Wil­son in South Amer­ica, told MN: “We’ll see where we’re at once we get to Fin­land, Mal­colm will then de­cide if El­fyn stays in WRC2 or if he moves back to a World Rally Car. We want to keep El­fyn com­pet­ing as much as pos­si­ble and the goal is, ob­vi­ously, the WRC2 ti­tle. If we could get that sorted then it opens up other op­por­tu­ni­ties in the sec­ond half of the year.”

Wil­son has al­ready talked about bringing Evans back into a Fi­esta RS WRC for some as­phalt action, fol­low­ing his sec­ond place in Cor­sica last sea­son.

“That’s still be­ing looked at,” said Mil­lener. “Es­pe­cially af­ter the pace El­fyn showed on the Cir­cuit of Ire­land re­cently. The only prob­lem we have is the clash be­tween Ger­many and the Ul­ster Rally. I guess we take a look at El­fyn’s progress in the [BRC and WRC2] series.

“There’s Rally GB later in the year as well, which is an­other op­por­tu­nity for El­fyn [in a WRC], but as a team we have to weigh all of this up with the ad­di­tional costs in­volved in run­ning a third Fi­esta RS WRC in ad­di­tion to Mads [Ost­berg] and Eric [Camilli] when we’re look­ing to di­rect in­vest­ment into the 2017 car. But it goes with­out say­ing, El­fyn’s keen to be back in a World Rally Car!”

Evans last com­peted in a WRC car on Rally GB in ’15

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