Tuesday | 18 Aug 2020

Evans ready to confront Estonia jump

Elfyn Evans is ready to face down the jump which ruled him out of three 2019 FIA World Rally Championship rounds when the series restarts at Rally Estonia (4 - 6 September).

The Welshman suffered two compression fractures in his back when his Ford Fiesta landed awkwardly after a jump at last year’s non-championship fixture in Estonia. The subsequent back injury kept him out of WRC rounds in Finland, Germany and Turkey.

The section will feature on the route for the WRC’s first post-lockdown round and Estonia’s maiden appearance in the series.

Evans said: “I’ll adjust the note to keep us just a little bit further to the right [before the jump]. I landed with one wheel just in the ditch, but the problem was the car landed directly onto the sump guard. I hit it in exactly the wrong place.”

Evans, who moved from M-Sport Ford to Toyota Gazoo Racing ahead of this season, tested his Yaris in Estonia earlier this month.

Elfyn Evans on Estonia

Along with team-mates Sébastien Ogier and Kalle Rovanperä, this year’s Rally Sweden winner has also completed two tests in Finland. He admits he’s already knocked off any rust which might have gathered in the six month lockdown between Rally Guanajuato México and Estonia.

“The car felt good in the pre-event test,” he said. “Obviously we’ve done a couple of tests since the end of lockdown and that’s helped us get back into it. The test was a pretty typical pre-event, it was about getting the car tuned to what we want in the conditions.

“We found a fairly soft road which cut up a bit, so we got to see a good range [of conditions]. Estonia will be our first fast gravel rally with the car, so there was a bit of time to understand the parameters of what the car will do. It was good.”

Evans will prepare for Rally Estonia by tackling this weekend’s Lõuna-Eesti Rally (South-Estonia Rally) along with Ogier and Rovanperä, as well as drivers from fellow WRC manufacturer squads Hyundai Motorsport and M-Sport Ford. 

  • Full coverage from Rally Estonia will be available on WRC+ All Live here, including every stage broadcast as it happens as well as key interviews, features and expert analysis from the service park.

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