Welshman Elfyn Evans happy with World Rally debut

Welsh rally Elfyn Evans
Welsh rally Elfyn Evans

Welshman Elfyn Evans was happy with his debut in the World Rally Championship in Monte Carlo.

The 24-year-old from Dolgellau and co-driver Daniel Barritt finished sixth in their M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS WRC.

"To drive around a tricky event like this and come home in sixth place is a good achievement and fulfils everything we wanted for the event I think," said Evans.

The event was won by Frenchman Sebastien Ogier.

Evans secured the FIA World Rally Championship Academy title in 2012 and joined the WRC-2 championship last year as part of his prize.

He claimed his maiden WRC-2 win with victory at the 2013 Wales Rally GB - a a display that helped earn his elevation to the World Rally Championship.

Evans acknowledged the experience was an eye-opener.

"It was a big, big step for me coming into a team like this for the first time and coming to a place like this for the first time in a car like this," he said.

"It's a big thanks to a lot of people and Malcolm Wilson [M-Sport team chief] as well for the opportunity."

Evans is looking forward to the next World Championship event in Sweden, starting on 5 February.external-link

"It will be another lot of new things for me," he added.

"It will be the first time on studs driving competitively in this car so the learning process will continue."

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