Elfyn Evans

Elfyn Rhys Evans (born 28 December 1988) is a Welsh rally driver. He is currently teamed with Scott Martin and is competing for Toyota Gazoo Racing in the World Rally Championship.

Elfyn Evans
Rallye Deutschland 2017 (Evans-0664).jpg
Evans in 2017
Born (1988-12-28) 28 December 1988 (age 32)
NationalityUnited Kingdom British
Parent(s)
World Rally Championship record
Active years2007, 2011, 2013–present
Co-driverUnited Kingdom Scott Martin
TeamsM-Sport
Toyota
Rallies95
Championships0
Rally wins3
Podiums13
Stage wins67
Total points651
First rally2007 Wales Rally GB
First win2017 Wales Rally GB
Last win2020 Rally Turkey

CareerEdit

The son of former WRC and Ford, SEAT, and MG driver, and 1996 British Rally Championship Champion Gwyndaf Evans, he is sponsored by the family Ford motor dealership in Dolgellau, first established by his great-grandfather in Dinas Mawddwy, renamed to Gwyndaf Evans Motors in 1983.[1]

Since 2007,[2] Evans has driven a Group N production-car-class Ford Fiesta in the Ford Fiesta Sporting Trophy. In 2007 he competed in Rally GB in Wales.[3]

In 2010 Evans won the British Junior Rally championship and was the winner of the UK Ford Fiesta Trophy series, also he won the Pirelli Star Driver Shoot-out after two days of tests and assessments at the Sweet Lamb rally complex in his native Wales, with a prize of a fully funded season in a Pirelli-backed Group N Subaru Impreza run by the championship-winning TEG Sport team — a prize worth in excess of £200,000.

Final Donut; Llandudno, October 2017

In 2012, Evans secured the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) Academy title, the R2 title in the British Rally Championship (BRC) and the UK Fiesta Sport Trophy. In addition, he won the end-of-year FST International Shootout. In 2013 he contested a programme of WRC events in a 4WD car - his prize for winning the WRC Academy - and worked at M-Sport, helping to develop rally cars for the WRC and other championships.

His 2013 season began with the first round of the Australian Rally Championship, the National Rally in Canberra, in which he retired early on the first day. He then drove a Fiesta RRC on the WRC Rally of Portugal, retiring with a transmission problem before starting the final day under Rally 2 regulations. To his surprise, he was then asked to compete on the Rally Italy in Sardinia in a Ford Fiesta World Rally Car after Nasser Al-Attiyah was forced to withdraw because of commitments in Qatar. Despite having never competed on the event before, using Nasser's co-driver, competing in a WRC car for the first time and with no pre-event testing, Evans finished sixth.

Evans switched to M-Sport for the 2014 season to drive a Ford Fiesta WRC as the teammate of veteran Mikko Hirvonen. His best results have been fourth at Mexico and Germany. The driver scored two podiums in 2015, finishing 7th in the overall standings.[4]

M-Sport dropped Evans to the WRC-2 in 2016. Driving a Ford Fiesta R5, he has scored wins at Monte Carlo, Sweden and Tour de Corse. Also with a Fiesta R5, he won the British Rally Championship with five wins in seven races.

 
Elfyn Evans and Daniel Barritt in their Ford Fiesta WRC for the 2018 Rallye Deutschland

For 2017, Elfyn rejoined the M-Sport World Rally Team to drive the DMACK car. He started the year with sixth in Monte Carlo, setting several fastest stage times, and then repeated the performance in Sweden. After two disappointing rounds in Mexico and Corsica, at round five in Argentina, Evans benefited from misfortune for his rivals to end day one with a minutes lead. On day two, Evans struggled with punctures, a spin and a damaged diffuser, and saw his lead fall to just 11 seconds. On the final stage, it was a straight battle between him and Hyundai driver Thierry Neuville. He pushed early in the stage, but lost several seconds when he hit a bridge. He tried hard to make up the lost time, but in the end he lost his first victory by just 0.7 seconds to Neuville. In Finland, Evans was left to uphold team honors after a crash for teammate Sébastien Ogier and a puncture for Ott Tänak. He dutifully set consistent top three stage times and snatched second place on the last stage from Juho Hänninen, in what many journalists described as the best drive of his career so far. At the penultimate round on his home rally in Wales, Evans took advantage of his DMACK tyres, which were widely suited to the conditions, to take his first WRC win, the first for a Welsh driver, and the first for a British driver on Wales Rally GB since the late Richard Burns in 2000. He would finish the championship in fifth place.

 
Evans on his way to victory at the 2020 Rally Sweden

Evans would later repeat his success in Wales with a second victory in the 2020 Rally Sweden, where he led the rally despite adverse weather conditions which forced the organisers to abridge the event to just nine stages. This marked his first win in Sweden, his first rally win for Toyota, and the first British driver to win the event.[5] His victory in Sweden also allowed him to lead the points standings in the WRC driver's championship for the first time in his career.

WRC victoriesEdit

 #  Event Season Co-driver Car
1   73. Dayinsure Wales Rally GB 2017 2017   Daniel Barritt Ford Fiesta WRC
2   68th Rally Sweden 2020   Scott Martin Toyota Yaris WRC
3   13. Marmaris Rally of Turkey 2020   Scott Martin Toyota Yaris WRC

ResultsEdit

WRC resultsEdit

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pos. Points
2007 Elfyn Evans Ford Fiesta ST MON SWE NOR MEX POR ARG ITA GRE FIN GER NZL ESP FRA JPN IRE GBR
42
NC 0
2011 Elfyn Evans Ford Fiesta R2 SWE MEX POR JOR ITA ARG GRE FIN
Ret
GER AUS FRA
16
ESP GBR
Ret
NC 0
2013 Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RRC MON SWE MEX POR
23
ARG GRE 12th 20
Ford Fiesta RS WRC ITA
6
Ford Fiesta R5 FIN
Ret
GER
6
AUS FRA
11
ESP
Ret
GBR
8
2014 M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC MON
6
SWE
Ret
MEX
4
POR
22
ARG
7
ITA
5
POL
35
FIN
7
GER
4
AUS
8
FRA
6
ESP
14
GBR
5
8th 81
2015 M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC MON
7
SWE
6
MEX
4
ARG
3
POR
64
ITA
4
POL
Ret
FIN
12
GER
6
AUS
9
FRA
2
ESP
34
GBR
6
7th 89
2016 M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta R5 MON
8
SWE
9
MEX ARG
17
POR
30
ITA POL
13
FIN
11
GER CHN
C
FRA
11
ESP GBR
WD
AUS 21st 6
2017 M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta WRC MON
6
SWE
6
MEX
9
FRA
21
ARG
2
POR
6
ITA
Ret
POL
8
FIN
2
GER
6
ESP
7
GBR
1
AUS
5
5th 128
2018 M-Sport Ford WRT Ford Fiesta WRC MON
6
SWE
14
MEX
Ret
FRA
5
ARG
6
POR
2
ITA
14
FIN
7
GER
25
TUR
12
GBR
20
ESP
3
AUS
6
7th 80
2019 M-Sport Ford WRT Ford Fiesta WRC MON
Ret
SWE
5
MEX
3
FRA
3
ARG
Ret
CHL
4
POR
5
ITA
4
FIN
WD
GER TUR
WD
GBR
5
ESP
6
AUS
C
5th 102
2020 Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota Yaris WRC MON
3
SWE
1
MEX
4
EST
4
TUR
1
ITA
4
MNZ
29
2nd 114
2021 Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota Yaris WRC MON
2
ARC
5
CRO POR ITA KEN EST FIN BEL CHL ESP JPN 4th* 31*

* Season still in progress.

WRC Academy ResultsEdit

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pos. Points
2012 Elfyn Evans Ford Fiesta R2 POR
7
GRE
1
FIN
1
GER
1
FRA
1
ESP
3
1st 144

WRC-2 resultsEdit

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos. Points
2013 Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team Ford Fiesta RRC MON SWE MEX POR
8
ARG GRE ITA 7th 65
Ford Fiesta R5 FIN
Ret
GER
2
AUS FRA
2
ESP
Ret
GBR
1
2016 M-Sport Ford Fiesta R5 MON
1
SWE
1
MEX ARG
4
POR
14
ITA POL
2
FIN
3
GER CHN
C
FRA
1
ESP GBR AUS 2nd 120

ERC resultsEdit

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pos Points
2016 DMACK British Rally Team Ford Fiesta R5 CAN IRE
Ret
GRE AZO YPR EST POL ZLI LIE CYP NC 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "About GEM" Archived 27 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine, Gwyndaf Evans Motors
  2. ^ "Rally champion's son takes wheel". BBC Wales. 3 March 2007. Retrieved 17 June 2008.
  3. ^ FSTUK: Q&A: Elfyn Evans – EXCLUSIVE. | Rally UK Features
  4. ^ "CAREER SUMMARY". Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  5. ^ Brunsdon, Stephen. "Rally Sweden WRC: Dominant Evans wins on second start for Toyota". Autosport.com. Retrieved 17 February 2020.

External linksEdit

Awards
Preceded by
Ott Tänak
Autosport
International Rally Driver Award

2020
Succeeded by
Incumbent