Elfyn Evans says he has no excuses to not profit from his Toyota Global Rally Championship transfer as he prepares to make his debut for the producer.
Evans switched from M-Game to arguably the best-funded staff, Toyota, within the low season, and can make his first get started along six-time WRC champion Sebastien Ogier and Kalle Rovanpera at the Monte Carlo Rally this weekend.
He concluded his pre-event arrangements for the season-opener with a difficult day’s trying out north of Hole overdue final week, throughout which he skilled the “complete vary of [weather] stipulations, apart from complete ice”, however is taking a look to hit the bottom operating.
“Let’s now not make excuses right here, I have had actually just right automobiles from M-Game earlier than and I for one explanation why or some other I have not been ready to show that attainable into the appropriate effects,” Evans informed Autosport.
“However now I am totally targeted at the long run and at the alternative that lies forward.
“We know the way sturdy this automobile is and I believe I am nonetheless on an upward pattern with my using.
“I wish to proceed on that upward pattern, stay getting quicker and take advantage of out of the following two years with Toyota.
“There may also be no excuses now, we all know the location we are in and I simply wish to get available in the market and spot the place we’re in comparison to the contest.
“For me, the sensation is just right. The sensation’s just right within the automobile and with the staff.”
Evans completed Wednesday’s shakedown 3rd quickest, 0.6 seconds slower than his pacesetting team-mate Ogier.
Talking about his ultimate preparatory take a look at per week previous, Evans mentioned: “The take a look at used to be… fascinating.
“It used to be all just right, however the climate used to be just a little changeable.
“We began out and had a dry first run. It began raining on the second one run, via lunchtime it used to be pissing it down, within the afternoon we had rivers operating down the street after which when it used to be going darkish, it began to snow.
“Generally, you could like to have consistency so you’ll really feel the adjustments you are making with a brand new automobile, however that wasn’t imaginable.
“Similarly, it is actually treasured for me to really feel how a brand new automobile just like the Yaris used to be feeling because the stipulations advanced and altered.
“It wasn’t superb, however, like I mentioned, it used to be just right to look how the auto used to be when the chips had been down.”
The only-time WRC occasion winner, whose supreme Monte Carlo end is a trio of sixth-place finishes, admitted Thursday night’s opening two levels of the season will probably be a few of the hardest.
“It is a new automobile, in the dead of night, no person is aware of if it is rainy, dry, freezing, how a lot ice there’s,” he mentioned.
“The entirety’s new. The ones are almost certainly the 2 levels in probably the most tough instances of the season.”