The M-Sport World Rally Team has come up with a novel way of fine-tuning the driving skills of Elfyn Evans when the 25-year-old is tackling tight and twisty super special stages.
The inexperienced Welshman, who is enjoying his first full season in WR Car machinery, has recently spent some time driving on a narrow kart track near M-Sport’s base in Cumbria, England.
Team principal Malcolm Wilson told WRC.com that the initiative is part of a plan to help Evans develop his technique when faced with the unique challenge of a super special.
“A kart track is a tight circuit so it gives Elfyn the chance to experiment with the best ways to achieve the best performance on the super specials where he feels he’s losing,” Wilson explained. “At the moment he doesn’t know whether to be aggressive or neat.
“We’re giving him an opportunity to try all the different lines and driving styles so he can then look at the data, look at the times and then decide what is the quickest way for him to get around.”
Evans retired from last season’s Rally Catalunya when he clipped a hairpin on the super special stage that ran through the streets of Salou. The incident broke a steering joint and ripped the nearside front wheel off his Ford Fiesta R5.
Wilson added: “I think he’s made a couple of mistakes in the past and I don’t think he’ll mind me saying he’s not comfortable on super specials right now. This is a good way of trying to get his confidence levels back up.”