Gwyndaf Evans

Gwyndaf Evans (Welsh pronunciation: [ˈɡwɨ̞ndav ˈɛvans]; born 4 June 1959) is a Welsh former rally driver. He won the British Rally Championship in 1996, and was also the runner-up in 1995, 1998, 1999 and 2010.[1] On the international stage his participation was limited, but he used his local knowledge to great success in the RAC Rally, where he won the Group N production car class twice driving a Ford Sierra RS Cosworth 4x4, in 1990 and Ford Escort RS Cosworth in 1993.[2] In 1994, driving a Group A Ford Escort RS2000, he scored a then career high seventh place overall, winning his class once more, before going one better with a sixth place finish the following year, and his fourth class victory in six years.[2]

Gwyndaf Evans
Personal information
NationalityUnited Kingdom British
Born (1959-06-04) 4 June 1959 (age 61)
World Rally Championship record
Active years1987–2004, 2006–2008
Co-driverUnited Kingdom Howard Davies
United Kingdom Huw Lewis
TeamsFord, SEAT, MG, Mitsubishi
Rallies32
Championships0
Rally wins0
Podiums0
Stage wins1
Total points10
First rally1987 Lombard RAC Rally
Last rally2008 Wales Rally GB

In 1997 he switched to SEAT, who were competing with their Ibiza GTI 16v, and later the Córdoba WRC from 1999 to 2001.[2] In 2002 he moved to MG and an MG ZR S1600, spending two years on the international circuit with Chris Patterson, and the British Championship with Claire Mole, after splitting with long-time co-driver Howard Davies.[2][3]

He drove a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution in the now renamed Wales Rally GB in 2004 and 2006, with the latter being where he won the 2006 Mitsubishi Evo Challenge Trophy. His prize was a works-prepared Lancer Evolution for the 2007 British Rally Championship.[4]

He now runs the family Ford and Suzuki dealership in Dolgellau, first established by his grandfather in Dinas Mawddwy in 1930, and renamed to Gwyndaf Evans Motors in 1983.[5] The company now supports Gwyndaf's son Elfyn, who competes at an international level as a rally driver in the WRC.[6]

World Rally Championship resultsEdit

Year Team/Entrant Car WRC Round WDC Points
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
1987 Gwyndaf Evans Ford Sierra RS Cosworth MON SWE POR KEN FRA GRE USA NZL ARG FIN CIV ITA GBR
RET
0
1988 Peacocks Ford Sierra RS Cosworth MON SWE POR KEN FRA GRE USA NZL ARG FIN CIV ITA GBR
RET
0
1989 Brooklyn Motorsport Ford Sierra RS Cosworth SWE MON POR KEN FRA GRE NZL ARG FIN AUS CIV ITA GBR
11
0
1990 Q8 Team Ford Ford Sierra RS Cosworth 4X4 MON POR KEN FRA GRE NZL ARG FIN
23
AUS ITA
12
CIV GBR
11
0
1991 Q8 Team Ford Ford Sierra RS Cosworth 4X4 MON SWE
RET
POR KEN FRA GRC NZL ARG FIN AUS ITA CIV ESP GBR
RET
0
1992 Gwyndaf Evans Ford Sierra RS Cosworth 4X4 MON SWE POR KEN FRA GRC NZL ARG FIN AUS ITA CIV ESP GBR
RET
0
1993 Shell Helix Motor Oils Ford Escort RS Cosworth MON SWE POR KEN FRA GRC ARG NZL FIN AUS ITA ESP GBR
11
0
1994 Gwyndaf Evans Ford Escort RS Cosworth MON POR KEN FRA GRC ARG NZL FIN ITA GBR
7
35th 4
1995 Ford Motorsport Ford Escort RS Cosworth MON SWE POR FRA NZL AUS ESP GBR
6
12th 6
1996 Ford Motor Co Ltd. Ford Escort RS Cosworth SWE KEN INA
RET
GRC ARG FIN AUS ITA GBR
RET
0
1997 SEAT Cupra Sport SEAT Ibiza Kit Car Evo2 MON SWE KEN POR ESP FRA ARG GRC NZL FIN INA ITA AUS GBR
RET
0
1998 SEAT Cupra Sport SEAT Ibiza Kit Car Evo2 MON SWE KEN POR ESP FRA ARG GRC NZL FIN
RET
ITA AUS
20
0
SEAT Córdoba WRC GBR
RET
1999 SEAT Cupra Sport SEAT Ibiza Kit Car Evo2 MON SWE KEN POR ESP FRA ARG
RET
GRC NZL FIN CHN ITA AUS 0
SEAT Córdoba WRC GBR
RET
2000 SEAT Cupra Sport SEAT Córdoba WRC MON SWE KEN POR ESP ARG GRC NZL FIN CYP FRA ITA AUS GBR
RET
0
2001 SEAT Cupra Sport SEAT Córdoba WRC MON SWE POR ESP ARG CYP GRC KEN FIN NZL ITA FRA AUS GBR
RET
0
2002 MG Sport & Racing MG ZR S1600 MON
RET
SWE FRA ESP
RET
CYP ARG GRC
RET
KEN FIN GER
RET
ITA
26
NZL AUS GBR
RET
0
2003 MG Sport & Racing MG ZR 160 MON SWE TUR NZL ARG GRC CYP GER FIN AUS ITA FRA ESP GBR
27
0
2004 Geoff Jones Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII MON SWE MEX NZL CYP GRC TUR ARG FIN GER JPN GBR
17
ITA FRA ESP AUS 0
2006 Gwyndaf Evans Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX MON SWE MEX ESP FRA ARG ITA GRC GER FIN JPN CYP TUR AUS NZL GBR
65
0
2007 Mitsubishi Motors UK Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX MON SWE NOR MEX POR ARG ITA GRC FIN GER NZL ESP FRA JPN IRL GBR
40
0
2008 Mitsubishi Motors UK Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX MON SWE MEX ARG JOR ITA GRC TUR FIN GER NZL ESP FRA JPN GBR
18
0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Q&A: Gwyndaf Evans", Rob Wilkins, Crash.net, August 2005
  2. ^ a b c d Gwyndaf Evans, Rallybase.nl profile
  3. ^ "MG returns to rally with Gwyndaf Evans", MG News, MGcars.org.uk, January 11, 2002
  4. ^ "Q&A: Gwyndaf Evans" Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine, Russell Atkins, Crash.net, December 5, 2006
  5. ^ "About Us". Gwyndaf Evans Motors. Archived from the original on 2012-12-30. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  6. ^ "Elfyn follows in Gwyndaf's footsteps" Archived 2007-10-09 at the Wayback Machine, Racecar.com, February 27, 2007

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Alister McRae
Autosport
National Rally Driver of the Year

1996
Succeeded by
Mark Higgins