With a large trade for Welshman Elfyn Evans forward of this week’s season-opening FIA International Rally Chmpionship’s (WRC) Rallye Monte-Carlo, the 31-year-old talks about his transfer to Toyota Gazoo Racing after a decade at M-Game.
Evans and co-driver Scott Martin are teamed up with six-times WRC champions Sebastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia and Kalle Rovanpera/Jonne Hulttunen in what used to be ranked via many because the quickest WRC automobile in 2019, the Toyota Yaris WRC.
From a circle of relatives of dyed-in-the-wool rally competition, and following in his father Gwyndaf’s footsteps, in riding for Ford after which converting to a Jap producer later in his profession too.
Evans and Martin spectacularly received the 2017 Wales Rally GB and can be taking a look so as to add extra trophies to their cabinets as they modify to the bold Toyota staff.
Toyota returned to the WRC in 2017 in a staff run via four-time WRC champion Tommi Mäkinen. This squad claimed the Producers’ identify in 2018 and helped Ott Tänak to take the Drivers’ identify in 2019. The Welshman returns to a well-known state of affairs: partnering Ogier and Ingrassia.
“This can be a nice alternative for me and I’m truly excited to get going,” stated Evans. “Toyota has been extraordinarily aggressive in an incredibly brief area of time and already has more than one International Championships to its identify – I’m taking a look ahead to being a part of it.
“The competitiveness of the automobile is a given, however what additionally attracted me to make the transfer from M-Game used to be the dedication from Toyota to the WRC programme. It seems very promising for the longer term.”
He persisted: “To this point, I most effective have one win to my identify and I without a doubt wish to upload to that this 12 months. We wish to win each rally, now not simply Wales Rally GB.”
Talking forward of his debut with Toyota at Rallye Monte-Carlo, Evans stated: “At the Monte, the problem is at all times the variety of highway stipulations you’ll most likely face whether or not it’s dry, damp or rainy asphalt or snow or ice. We were given to revel in an actual mixture of stipulations, which turns out to be useful as unsettled climate is anticipated for this weekend.”
The Rallye Monte-Carlo begins the next day and runs till Sunday 26 January. The Wales Rally GB, the penultimate spherical of the 2020 WRC calendar, can be hung on Thursday 29 October to Sunday 01 November 2020.
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