Tue 29 Aug 2023

Evans: Finland pace not guaranteed in Greece

Elfyn Evans will reset his Toyota GR Yaris Rally1 ahead of next week’s EKO Acropolis Rally Greece (7 - 10 September) – running the car in a very different set-up from its Secto Rally Finland-winning trim last time out.

The Welshman admitted his second Jyväskylä win in three years doesn’t mean much in terms of car set-up moving across to the rough roads around Lamia. There couldn’t be a bigger difference between gravel rallies than Finland and Greece, with the super smooth fast roads giving way to some of the season’s roughest and toughest tracks.

Asked if there were similarities, Evans said: “Not really too much for the set-up, they’re very different rallies. Of course, it’s nice to take the win in Finland, but Greece is very different.

“We had a good [rough rally] set-up for the car in Portugal and, of course, for Sardinia and the Safari. I think we should be able to find something that works for Greece.

“At the same time, if it’s a dry rally then we know we’re going to be second on the road on Friday – but we are competing with the guys who are around us on the road. We’ll do the best job we can.”

Evans won the Junior WRC element of the Acropolis on his first visit to Greece in 2012, but since the event’s return in 2021, he’s been limited to a sixth place and a turbo-related retirement last year.