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Cars Elfyn Evans: Foundation stone laid for Toyota success at M-Sport

18:45  06 march  2020
18:45  06 march  2020 Source:   de.motorsport.com

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WRC points leader Elfyn Evans says becoming more assertive with set-up changes at M - Sport last year helped lay a " foundation " for his current Evans ' tenure at Toyota has got off to a near-perfect start, as he followed up third place in Monte Carlo with victory in Sweden, his first triumph in rallying's

WRC points leader Elfyn Evans says becoming more assertive with set-up changes at M - Sport last year helped lay a ' foundation ' for his current success at M - Sport team boss Richard Millener has backed his former driver Evans to maintain his grip at the head of the WRC standings as the season

Elfyn Evans sees the foundation stone for the strong start to the season with Toyota last year at M-Sport - As a team leader, he had to follow his path

Not defending champion Ott Tänak or Sebastien Ogier leads the world championship after the first two rallies, but Elfyn Evans. The Welshman switched from M-Sport Ford to Toyota in 2020 and had the best start to the season. After third place in Monte Carlo, Evans won in Sweden. It was his second WRC win after Britain in 2017.

Evans, like Thierry Neuville, has 42 points. Since Neuville has not yet won the season, Evans is ranked number one. It is noteworthy that Evans scored five points more than his teammate Ogier. The Frenchman is also new to Toyota and has come from Citroen.

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WRC points leader Elfyn Evans says becoming more assertive with set-up changes at M - Sport last year helped lay a " foundation " for his current Evans ' tenure at Toyota has got off to a near-perfect start, as he followed up third place in Monte Carlo with victory in Sweden, his first triumph in rallying's

Elfyn Evans . Robert Kubica. Jari-Matti Latval.

In 2017 Evans and Ogier were teammates at M-Sport. Back then Evans was based on the multiple world champion. Now the situation is different. The 31-year-old is now pursuing his own path in the setup. In retrospect, Evans believes that the past season was decisive for his development when he was the team leader at M-Sport.

year as team leader at M-Sport crucial

"I'm at a point where I know exactly what I need from the car," Evans is quoted by 'WRC.com' . "Three years ago with Seb I thought: 'Seb wants this and that. He is world champion, so it can't be wrong.' It was about understanding that I'm not copying Seb. I'm here to do my own thing. "

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For many years Elfyn Evans drove for M-Sport Ford

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"But this is not new this year. I did it last year. I think the change happened before Sweden last year. I was the first to test and knew that the car wasn't good last year. We knew we had to change something. The team had good ideas, I had ideas and we combined them. And we were quick right away. "

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Elfyn Evans . 37K likes. FIA World Rally Championship driver for Toyota Gazoo Racing WRC Team and Red Bull athlete. So lucky to be a part of this incredible team. Congrats M - Sport mega job by everyone. Thank you!

Elfyn Evans начал(а) читать. Evans ' WRC Journey @ElfynEvans became the first British driver to win @RallySweden, placing We had a great welcome event in Mexico City with @ToyotaMex on Saturday, with @ElfynEvans and @KalleRovanpera plus our sporting director Kaj Lindström looking

"We made a lot of changes. The team supported me. I had time during the test. That gave me the confidence to understand what worked for me and what I needed. That was also the case after Chile and Argentina. It gave things to the car that I struggled with. I had an idea, tried it and it worked. "

ex-boss believes in World Cup opportunity for Evans

"That laid the foundation stone. M-Sport has changed a lot for me. But at the same time I'm still new here," Evans says about his move to Toyota. "I don't want to promise too much yet. We had two very special rallies. But it still helps the confidence that you can follow your own direction."

Evans spent his previous WRC career at M-Sport, where he had to drive one season in an R5 car in 2016. Over time, the Welshman continued to develop and made several podiums. "We saw that coming from Elfyn," says M-Sport team boss Richard Millener about the development of his former driver.

"We saw this after Seb left us in late 2018. Elfyn has made a lot of progress with us over the past year. We know that he should have won Corsica. He has also shown other great performances throughout the year. He has one realistic chance of winning the world championship because it is so constant. That is Elfyn's strength because he hardly makes any mistakes. "

The coming weekend, the Rally Mexico will be the first gravel run of the year. As the World Cup leader, Evans has to open the streets and therefore has a theoretical disadvantage compared to the later starters.

With images from LAT.

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