Monday | 01 Jun 2020

Evans craves outing in dad’s Formula 2 screamer

A pre-teen Elfyn Evans grew up watching father Gwyndaf become one of Britain’s star performers in the noisy and outrageously high-revving Formula 2 rally era in the mid-1990s.

While the Welshman successfully plies his trade in Toyota’s four-wheel drive, turbocharged Yaris in the WRC, Gwyndaf was at the forefront of the F2 era which made the British Championship the world’s premier national series.

Elfyn cheered on as Gwyndaf won the British title in 1996 in a Ford Escort and finished runner-up on three other occasions. But he has never had the opportunity to experience one of the dramatic two-wheel drive machines, which produced not far short of 300bhp.

That’s something he wants to change.

Video: WRC Favourites - Elfyn Evans

“Having learned my craft in front-wheel drive, those were sort of the pinnacle of front-wheel drive rallying, if you like and really the last of the proper works cars in front-wheel drive. It’s all been four-wheel drive really from there,” said the 31-year-old Toyota Gazoo Racing star.

“Obviously as a youngster I was spectating. My father was competing in that class, the noise and everything was just incredible but I’ve never had the chance to drive one,” added Evans, speaking in our WRC Favourites series

Evans grew up, and still lives, in the heart of Rally GB territory and the route virtually passes his house in mid-Wales each year. He scored his maiden WRC win on his home round in 2017 and it’s no surprise it tops his list of current events.

“Simply because it’s the home rally, it virtually passes the front door, almost part of the route. There’s nothing quite like the whole atmosphere of Wales Rally GB. Winning so close to home with all the family and friends there, it was a great experience and one I’ll never forget,” he explained.

Evans also names his standout stage in the interview, which you can enjoy in the video above.

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