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Evans: ‘I want to change things around’

Elfyn Evans will put a mixed start to the season behind him and focus on delivering a strong performance at next month’s Croatia Rally (22 - 25 April).

Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Welshman finished a disgruntled fifth at last month’s Arctic Rally Finland, a result which dropped him from second in the FIA World Rally Championship standings to joint third after two rounds.

While he remains just eight points behind team-mate Kalle Rovanperä at the top, Evans is keen to put Rallye Monte-Carlo and his Lapland outing behind him and focus on the future.

“I wasn’t too happy with either of those first two rounds of the season to be honest,” said Evans. “I want to go to Croatia and look to change things around. We definitely need a strong performance there.”

Evans finished the season opener in Monte-Carlo second only to eight-time winner Sébastien Ogier, but his comparative lack of speed in some sections compared to his fellow Yaris driver frustrated him.

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It was a similar story on the second run of snow and ice stages in the Arctic Circle, where Evans felt he shipped too much time.

“I know I have a car that’s capable of winning rallies, so that always has to be the aim for me as a driver,” he continued.

“I had flashes of speed in Finland, but really that was a fairly terrible weekend. I really struggled in the ruts and I seemed to be the one of us [Toyota drivers] who suffered the most in those conditions. I need to look into that a bit further.”

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