Tue 31 Jan 2023

Evans targeting top spot at “high-speed” Rally Sweden

Elfyn Evans is eager to return to winning ways at Rally Sweden next week (9 - 12 February), round two of the FIA World Rally Championship.

The Toyota Gazoo Racing star heads to Umeå hungry for success having not stood atop the WRC podium in almost 16 months. His last triumph came at Secto Rally Finland in 2021, the year prior to the introduction of Rally1 regulations.

Sweden has been a happy hunting ground for the Welshman in the past. He won the event in 2020 - on what was only his second rally for Toyota - and ran as high as second overall last year before retiring on the final day with accident damage.

"Of course, we grabbed the win in Sweden in 2020, under slightly different circumstances in a different location at that time,” Evans said. “But nonetheless, we're always targeting wins. There haven't been so many of them recently, so we're eager to get another one on the board.”

The key to success, according to the GR Yaris star, is to have a car that is adaptable to changing conditions on the snow-blanketed roads. Rally Sweden is the WRC’s only pure winter rally and, as such, drivers use studded Pirelli tyres which dig into the compacted snow and ice.

"It's almost impossible to have a perfect car all the time," he explained. "It's about having a car that's adaptable, and of course it's not always easy to find the answers to all those solutions. As we know in snow and ice, ultimately the grip is not always high - even with the help of the tyres, but it can be super, super grippy, let's say.

“It's still one of the fastest rallies on the calendar, especially since we moved base a bit further north in Sweden, I think the stages are even faster. We have some new stages, which we're yet to discover. But it'll be a high-speed spin, that's for sure.”

Evans currently sits inside the top five of the championship standings after netting fourth overall at the season-opening Rallye Monte-Carlo.

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