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Elfyn Evans

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Nationality:  GBR
Date of Birth: 28.12.1988
Age: 28
Birthplace: Dolgellau, Wales
First Rally: 2007, Wales
Website: www.elfynevans.com

Season 2017

Classification: WRC
Car No: 3
Car: Ford Fiesta WRC
Team: M-Sport World Rally Team
Co-driver: Daniel Barritt
Points: 57
Standing: 6
Rally Wins: 0
Retirements: 0
Podiums: 1

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Here’s what makes him special:

• He’s one of the WRC’s most promising talents

• Bounced back from losing a full-time WRC seat to return to the top level for 2017

• Calm, quiet and modest, he enjoys huge support in his native Wales – a traditional heartland of British rallying

• Has added a more steely nature to his character since his initial two-year stint at the top level

The story so far

Born into Welsh rally royalty (his father Gwyndaf is a former British champion), Evans started his rallying career in 2007 when he came third in the Fiesta Sporting Trophy. The following year he won the series outright, in both the UK and Ireland.

He won the UK SportTrophy series again in 2010, as well as the Junior British Rally title and the Pirelli Star Driver shoot-out, the prize for which was a funded group N Subaru Impreza drive in the 2011 British Championship. Evans completed the season with two wins and second place in the championship.

His big break on the international stage came in 2012, when he won the FIA’s young driver category, the WRC Academy Cup. His prize was a funded WRC 2 programme in 2013, plus a job at M-Sport helping to test and develop its R5 and WRC Fiestas.

Evans took one win and two second places in his WRC 2 campaign, but it was his surprise debut in a World Rally Car at Rally Italia Sardegna that really got him noticed. Asked to stand in for an absent Nasser Al-Attiyah with just two days notice, and with a new co-driver, Evans finished a remarkable sixth overall.

That performance convinced M-Sport to offer him a full season at the sport’s highest level in 2014, as team-mate to Mikko Hirvonen. Despite an emphasis on learning, Evans impressed with six top-six finishes and career-best fourth places in Mexico and Germany.

He raised the bar with second at the Tour de Corse in 2015 but was dropped from M-Sport’s top level line-up for 2016. Instead he campaigned a Fiesta R5 in WRC 2 and led the championship for virtually the entire season before eventually taking third.

He also won the British Championship for the DMACK team and it is in those colours that he lines up in a Fiesta WRC in 2017, reunited with former co-driver Dan Barritt.

• He’s one of the WRC’s most promising talents

• Bounced back from losing a full-time WRC seat to return to the top level for 2017

• Calm, quiet and modest, he enjoys huge support in his native Wales – a traditional heartland of British rallying

• Has added a more steely nature to his character since his initial two-year stint at the top level

The story so far

Born into Welsh rally royalty (his father Gwyndaf is a former British champion), Evans started his rallying career in 2007 when he came third in the Fiesta Sporting Trophy. The following year he won the series outright, in both the UK and Ireland.

He won the UK SportTrophy series again in 2010, as well as the Junior British Rally title and the Pirelli Star Driver shoot-out, the prize for which was a funded group N Subaru Impreza drive in the 2011 British Championship. Evans completed the season with two wins and second place in the championship.

His big break on the international stage came in 2012, when he won the FIA’s young driver category, the WRC Academy Cup. His prize was a funded WRC 2 programme in 2013, plus a job at M-Sport helping to test and develop its R5 and WRC Fiestas.

Evans took one win and two second places in his WRC 2 campaign, but it was his surprise debut in a World Rally Car at Rally Italia Sardegna that really got him noticed. Asked to stand in for an absent Nasser Al-Attiyah with just two days notice, and with a new co-driver, Evans finished a remarkable sixth overall.

That performance convinced M-Sport to offer him a full season at the sport’s highest level in 2014, as team-mate to Mikko Hirvonen. Despite an emphasis on learning, Evans impressed with six top-six finishes and career-best fourth places in Mexico and Germany.

He raised the bar with second at the Tour de Corse in 2015 but was dropped from M-Sport’s top level line-up for 2016. Instead he campaigned a Fiesta R5 in WRC 2 and led the championship for virtually the entire season before eventually taking third.

He also won the British Championship for the DMACK team and it is in those colours that he lines up in a Fiesta WRC in 2017, reunited with former co-driver Dan Barritt.

Rally Classification Co-driver Rank Points
Rallye Monte-Carlo WRC Daniel Barritt 6. 8+2
Rally Sweden WRC Daniel Barritt 6. 8
Rally Guanajuato México WRC Daniel Barritt 9. 2
Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse WRC Daniel Barritt 21. 0
YPF Rally Argentina WRC Daniel Barritt 2. 18+4
Vodafone Rally de Portugal WRC Daniel Barritt 6. 8+3
Rally Italia Sardegna WRC Daniel Barritt 42. 0
ORLEN 74th Rally Poland WRC Daniel Barritt 8. 4

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