M-Sport Ford’s management has talked of the pride and disappointment associated with Elfyn Evans’ decision to leave the British team for a two-year deal at Toyota Gazoo Racing.
Evans was confirmed as part of the Toyota line-up alongside Sébastien Ogier and Kalle Rovanperä on Wednesday and M-Sport managing director Malcolm Wilson said: “We wanted to retain his services for 2020, but unfortunately that’s not been possible.
“Having said that, I remain extremely proud of all we have achieved together and the part M-Sport has played in his development. Elfyn has become a key player at the sport’s highest level, and it goes without saying that he will always be part of the M-Sport family.
“Over the past 10 years I have watched Elfyn develop into a world-class driver – all behind the wheel of our Ford Fiesta rally cars. He’s the perfect example of how a young driver can progress through Ford’s ladder of opportunity, and we wish him the very best of luck for the future.”
Welshman Evans has spent his entire professional career with the Cumbrian-based squad, scoring his first WRC win in a Fiesta on home ground in 2017. He said he had a lot to thank Wilson and M-Sport for.
“M-Sport Ford has been a huge part of my career. I started competing with the Fiesta ST back in 2007 and have since competed in almost every edition of the Fiesta developed by M-Sport all the way up to the Fiesta World Rally Car.
“I’ve had the opportunity to work with some incredibly talented and motivated people, many of whom have become lifelong friends. Like so many in the championship right now, I owe so much to this small but passionate team.
“I will take away some great memories and will be forever grateful for the opportunities Malcolm and everyone at Dovenby Hall gave me. Thank you for everything, and I wish you every success in the years to come,” he added.