Evans’ WRC2 sea­son at an ap­par­ent end as rest of world cam­paign un­cer­tain

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El­fyn Evans has con­tested the fi­nal event of his planned World Rally Cham­pi­onship pro­gramme this sea­son – and his WRC2 ti­tle tilt could be at an end.

The Welsh­man re­tained his lead in the WRC2 standings, but Teemu Suni­nen’s sec­ond po­si­tion has played him into pole po­si­tion for the cham­pi­onship. The Skoda-driv­ing Finn has started one round less than Evans, which means he still has two scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties com­pared to Evans’ one – and he’s just two points be­hind Evans.

“If Teemu picks up an­other win, it be­comes very dif­fi­cult,” said Evans. “I don’t know. We need to take a look and then think about an event later in the sea­son. But for now, this is the last sched­uled rally. I’m not say­ing it’s the last rally we’re do­ing, but it’s the last one we knew we were do­ing. It’s back to the [fam­ily car] deal­er­ship on Mon­day.”

At the top of the sea­son, M-sport team prin­ci­pal Mal­colm Wil­son said he wanted Evans back in a World Rally Car this year. Ger­many was one of the tar­get events, but a clash with the Ul­ster Rally and Evans’ BRC com­mit­ments has spoiled that.

Stay­ing with the DMACK World Rally Team and driv­ing a Ford Fi­esta RS WRC with the Bri­tish tyres is pos­si­ble for Rally GB.

“I haven’t talked to any­body about that,” said Evans, “but that would be great. Any op­por­tu­nity for me to get back to the top flight is what I’m aim­ing for.”

M-sport’s client li­ai­son man­ager Rich Mil­lener ad­mit­ted Fin­land might have been Evans’ last out­ing for the sea­son.

“We have to wait and see how the [WRC2] re­sults play out be­fore a fi­nal de­ci­sion,” said Mil­lener. “It would have been good for him to go to China for the ex­pe­ri­ence, but we’re now at a point in the sea­son where those sort of de­ci­sions need to be taken with next year in mind. If El­fyn’s stay­ing [at M-sport] it makes no sense for him to be on the bench for the rest of the sea­son.”

Evans’ WRC2 sea­son could be at an end in 2016

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