Elfyn plays the team tactics game in Turkey
Elfyn Evans and Daniel Barritt had to endure their fair share of bad luck at Rally Turkey, but the luckless Brits fought back admirably and displayed incredible team spirit throughout the entire weekend.
When Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia were stopped on the side of the road with a broken wishbone, Evans and Barritt came to their aid with advice and encouragement.
The Welshman is one of the most skilled technicians in the service park, and when all available mechanics were needed to work on Ogier’s car, he and Barritt even serviced their own – Evans helping to change the wishbone and his co-driver adjusting the ride height.
Recovering from Friday’s retirement, the pairing showed great speed and had climbed back up to seventh place overall before demonstrating their dedication to the team once again.
Checking into the penultimate stage five minutes early, they incurred a five minute penalty to give team mate Ogier an additional championship point that could prove vital at the end of the season.
We had a positive first day and, considering our road position, I think we did a pretty good job. But unfortunately Saturday just didn’t go our way at all. We lost a bit of time on the opening stage (SS8), had a spin in the third one (SS10) and then a trip into the field in the fourth (SS11) which ended in retirement. It certainly wasn’t the result we came here for, so now we just have to look forward to the next one.”
Team Principal, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said:
I can’t remember the last time the competition was this close – and it really is all to play for over the final three rounds. It’s fantastic for the sport and the whole team will continue to push for the best possible result at the end of the year.
Elfyn might have had his fair share of bad luck on Friday, but he came back fighting with good speed and proved what a strong team player he is too.