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Podium: Elfyn Evans, Scott Martin, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota GR Yaris Rally1
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WRC Rally Croatia
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How Evans ended his WRC drought in sombre Croatia breakthrough

Elfyn Evans was without a win in the World Rally Championship's hybrid era prior to last weekend's Croatia round, but righted that statistic as the paddock united in grief following Craig Breen's death in a pre-event test crash. Here's how Toyota ace Evans reignited his title push, as Hyundai's hopes of a symbolic victory were dashed by Thierry Neuville's accident on Saturday

“The most important thing is that everybody is here to drive for Craig Breen,” uttered world champion Kalle Rovanpera. That was the objective as the World Rally Championship headed to Croatia mourning the loss of the much-loved Hyundai driver following a tragic pre-event testing crash.

The title race was very much secondary to honouring and celebrating the 33-year-old Irishman taken too soon. Putting on a show that Breen would have wanted was paramount. It was perhaps fitting that Toyota’s Elfyn Evans and Scott Martin, the co-driver that guided Breen to his first WRC podium in 2016, came through in emotional scenes to end an 18-month WRC victory drought.

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