Evans not distracted by making historical past

Evans not distracted by making history

Elfyn Evans
Elfyn Evans is the one driver to win twice on this yr’s World Rally Championship

Welshman Elfyn Evans insists he’s not interested by historical past as he begins the penultimate race of the season main the World Rally Championship.

Evans was 18 factors away from team-mate and six-time winner Sebastien Ogier earlier than the Rally Italia Sardegna.

The 31-year hopes to develop into the primary Welshman to win the Championship.

Evans would even be simply the third British driver to triumph total, following Colin McRae in 1995 and Richard Burns in 2001.

With simply the season-ending Renties Ypres Rally Belgium to return after this weekend Evans may clinch the title in Italy.

The Dolgellau-born racer has received two races this season, together with final trip in Turkey, the place he adopted up his win at Rally Sweden.

Evans, nevertheless, just isn’t trying past Sardinia this weekend – the venue the place he made his skilled debut in 2013.

“Something can occur between now and the top of the season. One retirement and the entire thing is on its head once more. I am not interested by it,” the Toyota Yaris driver mentioned.

Elfyn Evans (right) and and co-driver Scott Martin following victory in Sweden
Elfyn Evans (proper) and and co-driver Scott Martin received in Sweden

“Finally, it is higher to be out entrance than behind, however all I am interested by proper now could be the following rally. All I can do is take a look at the occasion that is in entrance of me. That is Sardinia this week.”

The World Rally Championship was purported to cross by Sardinia in June, however was delayed by Covid-19.

Evans made a promising begin to the Rally which options 16 particular phases protecting nearly 240km earlier than ending on Sunday, 11 October

On his fourth and closing cross of Thursday’s 3.79km shakedown Evans matched Ott Tänak’s 2min13.6sec with the Welshman’s teammate and closest championship rival Ogier simply 0.8sec additional again.

“It will be a troublesome rally. It was very dry and free in right here so the grip was fairly low, however total the sensation is okay,” mentioned Evans.

There are 4 particular phases on Friday morning with an additional two within the afternoon, adopted by six on Saturday and 4 on Sunday.

Behind Evans’ and a three-time Sardinia winner Ogier within the total WRC standings reigning champion Tanak of Hyundai is stage on factors with Toyota’s rookie driver Kalle Rovanpera in third.

Thierry Neuville, 32 factors behind, received in Sardinia in 2016 and 2018.

FIA World Rally Championship standings (earlier than Rally Italia Sardegna)

1 Elfyn Evans (GB) Toyota, 97 factors

2 Sebastien Ogier (Fra) Toyota, 79 factors

3 Ott Taenak (Est) Hyundai, 70 factors

4 Kalle Rovanpera (Fin) Toyota, 70 factors

5 Thierry Neuville (Bel) Hyundai, 65 factors

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