A cautious approach to Rally Turkey rewarded Elfyn Evans with the second victory of his 2020 World Rally Championship campaign and the third of his WRC career. The Welshman now leads Toyota team-mate Sebastien Ogier by 18 points in the drivers' standings with two rounds still scheduled for 2020, and has given British fans hope of hailing their first champion since Richard Burns in 2001.
Rally Turkey is based near the Mediterranean resort town of Marmaris, where a modest entry of 24 cars gathered for an event that was shorter than in previous years, to the tune of 54 stage miles. Also absent would be members of the public, in deference to the ongoing pandemic.
When the action got under way last Friday afternoon, Hyundai took the initiative with Thierry Neuville winning the first stage in front his team-mates Sebastien Loeb and Ott Tanak, as the trio of Toyotas formed an orderly queue behind them.