Sat 01 Jul 2023

Evans underwhelmed with Kenya podium

Ahead of last week’s Safari Rally Kenya, Elfyn Evans talked of a podium being a sensible target. But after four days’ flat-out competition in Africa, the Toyota driver wasn’t happy with third.

His third podium and fifth top-four finish of the season moved the Welshman back to second in the championship standings, but he was the first to admit he was further behind the GR Yaris Rally1s of Sébastien Ogier and Kalle Rovanperä than he'd have liked.

He said: “It is hard to be satisfied when you finish three minutes behind your team-mates. It is hard in that context, for sure.

“In one way we finished and scored good, reasonable points in the championship, although Kalle is extending his lead – but I think it is a great result for the team and I’m happy to be part of that of course.

“It’s hard to be happy, but it could have been a lot worse considering it is the Safari Rally.”

Evans admitted he had learned lessons for next year’s Naivasha-based event.

“I was caught out a couple of times by the muddy ruts which had dried hard,” he said. “I’ll be ready for them next year. There were a few things that happened here and there, but the guys ahead went at an incredible pace and got through.”

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