Evans passes fitness test, back in a rally car this week after injury

M-Sport Ford World Rally Championship driver Elfyn Evans will be back in a rally car for the first time in more than two months this week, following a back injury

Evans passes fitness test, back in a rally car this week after injury

The Welshman has spent the last 10 weeks on the sidelines following the injury sustained at July's Rally Estonia - a non-WRC event used as a warm-up for Rally Finland.

Signed off as 100% fit by his medical team late last week, Evans began his physical preparations for a World Rally Championship return at Wales Rally GB immediately.

M-Sport managing director Malcolm Wilson told Autosport Evans will drive a Ford Fiesta R5 (similar to the one pictured below) in Greystoke this week.

"I've never known Elfyn so keen to do some PR work in a car," said Wilson.

"OK, it's an R5 car not a World Rally Car, but it's great to have him back out there and he'll be back in a World Rally Car as soon as possible.

"We have definitely missed him.

"When you look at the pace Teemu [Suninen] managed on days two and three in Germany, you can't help but think that's one Elfyn could have been in with a shot at winning."

Evans missed Rally Finland, Germany and Turkey, replaced in the first two by Gus Greensmith while M-Sport ran two cars only in Turkey.

"It's such a relief to be back," said Evans.

"It's been painful sitting around waiting for this news.

"Now I know I'm 100% and I'm straight back at it.

"I've done some training, but I've had to be careful with my back - I'm glad I can stop with all that putting my legs in the air shit and get on with some hard work."

Evans will come back with a brand new Ford Fiesta WRC, and is expected to complete a pre-event test in Greystoke and Wales as he attempts to repeat his 2017 victory - his only win in the WRC so far - on the same rally.

"I've spent a lot of time watching onboards from previous years recently, and the route's pretty mega," said Evans of his home event.

"OK, there are some long days, but that's part of the challenge.

"I can't wait to get at it, to get into the test and onto the event."

shares
comments
Rally Turkey: Ogier seals vital win as Tanak/Neuville drop points
Previous article

Rally Turkey: Ogier seals vital win as Tanak/Neuville drop points

Next article

Ogier wants more from Citroen despite WRC victory in Turkey

Ogier wants more from Citroen despite WRC victory in Turkey
Load comments
How WRC legend Ogier will be remembered by his peers Plus

How WRC legend Ogier will be remembered by his peers

After winning his eighth WRC title, Sebastien Ogier has drawn the curtain on his full-time rallying career. To understand Ogier's legacy, many of his former rivals, team-mates and colleagues have shared their thoughts on a vastly successful career

WRC
Nov 26, 2021
Ranking lost WRC legend Richard Burns' 10 best rallies Plus

Ranking lost WRC legend Richard Burns' 10 best rallies

Richard Burns was a determined driver who took on the best rally drivers in the world during a boom period in the early 2000s, and beat them. On the 20th anniversary of his crowning glory in winning the 2001 WRC title, and 16 years on from his death on the same date, Autosport picks out his 10 greatest drives

WRC
Nov 25, 2021
The internal focus that made Burns a legendary world rally champion Plus

The internal focus that made Burns a legendary world rally champion

At the turn of the millennium, WRC was full to the brim with rallying's great and good - and 20 years ago on this day, Richard Burns became England's first world rally champion. Although Burns' natural talent drove him to the top, his steely determination and mental strength was the key attribute behind his title-winning form

WRC
Nov 25, 2021
How Ogier emerged out of Loeb's shadow to form his own WRC legend Plus

How Ogier emerged out of Loeb's shadow to form his own WRC legend

OPINION: Adding an eighth WRC title to his name, Sebastien Ogier has bowed out from full-time rallying in style. Having been compared throughout his career with nine-time champion Sebastien Loeb, Ogier has convincingly demonstrated that he can stand on his own as one of the greatest rally drivers in history

WRC
Nov 22, 2021
How confronting self-doubt drove Ogier to become a WRC legend Plus

How confronting self-doubt drove Ogier to become a WRC legend

This weekend's Rally Monza marks the end of an era in the World Rally Championship, as Sebastien Ogier prepares to bring down the curtain on his full-time career with an eighth title. For all his enduring success, the Toyota driver reveals in an exclusive interview that lingering insecurities have compelled his quest for perfection

WRC
Nov 18, 2021
The third generation McRae on his way to the WRC Plus

The third generation McRae on his way to the WRC

The McRae family name is steeped in rallying history, with eight British titles between Jimmy, Colin and Alister - plus the small matter of the 1995 WRC title too. Next on the conveyor of talent is Alister's 17-year-old Max McRae, who’s setting out in Australia to conquer the world of rallying and return the famous name to the WRC...

WRC
Nov 12, 2021
Inside Hyundai’s radical approach to prepare for the WRC hybrid era Plus

Inside Hyundai’s radical approach to prepare for the WRC hybrid era

As the World Rally Championship undergoes its biggest shift in regulations for a generation, teams are taking radical measures to prepare for its new era. Hyundai's unique approach involved conducting a private 1500km rally in Italy and Autosport went to see how the team is preparing for 2022

WRC
Nov 4, 2021
How Neuville stole the show from Ogier vs Evans slugfest in Spain Plus

How Neuville stole the show from Ogier vs Evans slugfest in Spain

While all pre-event chat focused on the two World Rally Championship title fighters, their closest challenger charged into the spotlight on Rally Spain. Thierry Neuville's star turn and another strong drive from Elfyn Evans in his fight with Sebastien Ogier made for an intriguing event as the 2021 campaign nears its crunch point

WRC
Oct 18, 2021