GROUP RAL­LY­ING EDITOR “Ral­ly­ing has its Ver­stap­pen in Ro­van­pera”

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Bri­tain’s El­fyn Evans was ex­pected to sign for the DMACK World Rally Team ear­lier this week – re­turn­ing him to full-time WRC em­ploy­ment in 2017.

This year’s Bri­tish Rally cham­pion was due at M-sport yes­ter­day (Tues­day) to meet DMACK manag­ing di­rec­tor Dick Cor­mack and team prin­ci­pal of the Cum­brian squad Mal­colm Wil­son.

Mo­tor­sport News the third M-sport en­try along with Ott Tanak and Se­bastien Ogier.

Evans de­clined to com­ment on the pos­si­bil­ity of his 2017 deal, but Cor­mack ad­mit­ted sign­ing the Welsh­man was firmly on his horizon.

“As I talk to you now, there’s noth­ing signed at all,” he told MN. “Let’s just see what this week brings.”

The only po­ten­tial hic­cup for Evans could be Mikkelsen. It’s un­der­stood there are late ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween DMACK and the Rally Aus­tralia win­ner, but Cor­mack re­fused to com­ment on such spec­u­la­tion.

“El­fyn has done a great job for us in the Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship this year,” said Cor­mack. “We’re very keen to keep that re­la­tion­ship go­ing into next sea­son with a pro­gres­sion into the WRC in a com­pletely new 2017 World Rally Car. He’s shown us that he’s re­ally hun­gry to get back to the WRC and we’re look­ing for a driver who can fin­ish all the ral­lies, po­ten­tially score points and help us with our devel­op­ment to­wards the 2018 sea­son.

“El­fyn has shown what a great test driver he can be as well as what he’s ca­pa­ble of in com­pe­ti­tion too.”

Evans demon­strated his worth as a com­peti­tor once again last week­end, when he won the Bet­tega Me­mo­rial Rallysprint in DMACK’S Ford Fi­esta RS WRC.

Me­mo­rial event for At­tilio Bet­tega Welsh­man beat Finn Ro­van­pera

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