World Rally Championship: Welshman Elfyn Evans second in Argentina

Elfyn Evans (right) and his co-driver Daniel Barritt was to the crowd at the end of the Argentina rally
Elfyn Evans (right) and his co-driver Daniel Barritt was to the crowd at the end of the Argentina rally

Welshman Elfyn Evans was second as Belgium's Thierry Neuville won round five of the World Rally Championship (WRC) in Argentina by 0.7 seconds.

Evans, 28, was on course for a first WRC race win with only 0.6 seconds separating the DMACK/M-Sport Ford Fiesta from Neuville's Hyundai at the start of the final stage.

Evans led by 55.7sec after two days, but suffered a puncture and brake issues as Neuville closed the gap.

M-Sport's Ott Tanak was third.

The result is a career-best finish for Evans, who made a return to the top class in January 2017 after a 12-month absence.

Evans had his first WRC podium finish in Argentina in 2015 when was third M-Sport team.

The sixth round of the championship starts in Portugal on 18 May.

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