Welshman Elfyn Evans happy with World Rally debut
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.
"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."