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Elfyn Evans, Scott Martin, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota GR Yaris Rally1
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How the WRC title race was ignited by Evans in Finland

Kalle Rovanpera’s first mistake in the 2023 World Rally Championship campaign has opened the door to his title rivals, with Toyota team-mate Elfyn Evans taking advantage with his own dominant display at Rally Finland. With four rounds to go this season, is the title fight back on?

Two years ago, Elfyn Evans joined an exclusive club of eight drivers heralding from outside the Nordic nations to have conquered the revered Rally Finland. Last weekend, the Welsh Toyota star proved that was no fluke as he ignited his World Rally Championship title aspirations with a dominant victory to sit alongside Finnish rallying royalty Ari Vatanen and Timo Salonen as two-time winners of the event.

After reigning world champion and points leader Kalle Rovanpera had delivered a Sebastien Loeb-like domination in Rally Estonia a fortnight before the ‘Grand Prix on Gravel’, the script seemed set, and maybe the title race, over. Surely Finland’s first world champion for 20 years would end a six-year wait for a home-grown Rally Finland winner and take another step in his WRC title defence…

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