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A Rough Start for Elfyn in Monte Carlo

January 30th, 2019

M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s Elfyn Evans and Scott Martin have missed out on a solid result this weekend and their EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC won’t be making the journey to Monte-Carlo on the second evening.

Holding sixth place at the start of the second day, the Welshman had the podium within his sights – and the speed and determination to make a move on the timesheets. But it wasn’t to be and he endured a heartbreakingly tough morning.

Taking time out of his two closest rivals on the first speed test (SS9), Evans had the upper hand before a puncture put paid to his efforts. Regrouping for the second stage (SS10), he was then caught out by a patch of black ice – sending him down a steep embankment and into the undergrowth.

With no restart available in the evening, Evans’ Rallye Monte-Carlo came to an end five kilometres into SS10 and his attentions are now firmly fixed on preparations for next month’s Rally Sweden.

Elfyn said:

“The first stage of the morning `{`SS9`}` started off okay, but we picked up a puncture which was pretty unlucky. It was on the rear in a cut that everyone else had been in. It was just one of those things, and we made the decision to continue which I think was right in terms of time. Then on the next stage `{`SS10`}` there was a pretty straight forward left-hander that’s been around for a number of years. I didn’t approach it any differently to how I usually would, but it seems as though the grip levels were particularly low.

Maybe there was some black ice as a few cars got caught out, but they were a lot luckier than us. There was quite a steep bank with some trees on the outside, the car got dragged down, and that’s where our Rallye Monte-Carlo came to the end. Everyone comes to a rally with the best intentions, and it definitely wasn’t part of the plan to start the year on the bad note. All of our attentions are now fully focused on the next event and we’re looking forward to getting back on it in Sweden.”

Team Principal, Richard Millener, said:

“It’s been a pretty frustrating weekend. We know that we are capable of more and unfortunately we just haven’t been able to show that. Elfyn and Scott were delivering a really solid drive and we were confident of climbing the leader board, but that all came to an end this morning.

It was looking good on the first stage of the day `{`SS9`}` before they picked up a puncture, and then on the second `{`SS10`}` there was a particularly nasty patch of black ice that caught out a number of drivers. It put them slightly off the road and down an embankment where they had no chance of getting back on the stage.”


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