M-Recreation Ford International Rally Group’s Elfyn Evans and co-driver Scott Martin secured a podium end at this weekend’s Rally Mexico – bringing their EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC house in 3rd position.
The end result marks the 8th podium of Evans’ profession, and his first along Martin. It’s additionally the 29th top-three end for the top-specification Fiesta, which continues to turn out its efficiency on each floor.
“It’s a just right consequence, however I will’t assist however really feel slightly disillusioned as a result of 2d position will have to had been at the playing cards this weekend,” stated the 30 year-old rally ace from Dinas Mawddwy.
“Sadly there have been simply a few issues that value us reasonably so much. That 2d go of Otates value us lovely dearly, after which I felt we made the incorrect name at the tyres this morning.
“That stated, it used to be nonetheless a just right weekend and there are a large number of positives to remove. We didn’t make a unmarried mistake and we’ve accumulated some just right issues that may give us a greater street place in Corsica.
“Most significantly, we will be able to see that we’ve made just right adjustments to the auto and we’ll paintings onerous to construct on that all through the 12 months.”
Rally Mexico is regarded as some of the hardest occasions within the FIA International Rally Championship, and Evans took that during his stride – now not creating a unmarried mistake and handing over spectacular tempo and consistency all through the weekend.
Steadily posting peak instances, the Welshman held 2d place for far of the development, ahead of being stuck out through the unfastened prerequisites on the second one go of Otates (SS14) – striking him in a fierce combat with championship chief Ott Tänak within the ultimate levels.
In spite of having to accept the general step of the rostrum, Evans and Martin will have to be proud in their efficiency and can purpose to stay the momentum going when the championship returns to Europe and asphalt on the mythical Excursion de Corse.
M-Recreation Group Major, Richard Millener, stated: “We knew that we had an excellent chance this weekend, and Elfyn and Scott delivered a truly robust efficiency.
“They have been one in all only a few crews to not make a unmarried mistake, and feature proven the tempo of the Fiesta on gravel – proving that we’re getting into the best path with our persevered building program.
“It used to be a disgrace to have misplaced such a lot time on one level the day gone by, as that 2d position used to be ours for the taking, however this is simply how it is going occasionally and we will be able to nonetheless be very pleased with what we’ve completed.
“This podium used to be the results of a truly robust crew effort with the mechanics maintaining the fellows within the rally on Saturday afternoon. I’m certain that we will be able to see some extra weekends like this all through the 12 months – and that’s surely our function.”
Total Classification: 1. Sébastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia (Citroen C3 WRC) 3:37:08.0; 2. Ott Tänak / Martin Järveoja (Toyota Yaris WRC) +30.2; 3. Elfyn Evans / Scott Martin (Ford Fiesta WRC) +49.9; 4. Thierry Neuville / Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +1:27.0; 5. Kris Meeke / Sebastian Marshall (Toyota Yaris WRC) +6:06.2.