JACK BENYON GROUP NA­TIONAL EDI­TOR

Motor Sport News - - Review: Autosport Show - Jack Benyon

Thurs­day morn­ing, nine o’clock. With less than 20 peo­ple watch­ing on, El­fyn Evans was pre­sented on the Au­tosport Stage. Hardly the fan­fare wor­thy of some­one’s defin­ing mo­ment of a show burst­ing with motorsport ex­cite­ment.

How­ever, wor­thy it was, and is.

When the 2016 driver mar­ket was firmed up at the end of 2015, I couldn’t be­lieve Evans had been dropped. He’d shown just as much prom­ise as Ott Tanak, and yet it was he who was cast aside. Evans hadn’t quite set the world on fire in his two years in the M-sport Fi­esta, but he’d given the squad con­sis­tency.

Be­ing dropped like that would be enough to put the nail in the cof­fin of some driv­ers. But Evans took on the British Cham­pi­onship in­stead. The steely de­ter­mi­na­tion to re­turn to the WRC never wa­vered and his only goal in 2016 was to win the BRC and re­launch his WRC ca­reer.

He’s cer­tainly man­aged that. And this year he’ll be in the same car as a four­time cham­pion. Time to prove your­self El­fyn.

After a year of cov­er­ing the BRC, see­ing the cham­pion get the re­turn to the WRC he de­served was en­joy­able, even if only for a hand­ful of on­look­ers.

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