Friday 13 February 2015

Rally - Evans in snow

Mixed results for M-Sport on the first full day of rallying in Sweden. Wales’ Elfyn Evans is in 10th place while team mate Estonian, Ott Tanak is holding fifth. 

Elfyn had one serious mistake on the 8th stage today, but considering the conditions and his lack of snow experience it was still a mighty effort. Elfyn said: "We braked ever so slightly late and I was carrying a little too much speed into a left-hander [on SS8]. I tried to make it around the corner but I was just that little bit too fast and got stuck. Perhaps the wiser option would have been to overshoot, but when you're in the heat of the moment your natural instinct to make the corner just takes over; and it wasn't the right decision this time.”

"On a positive, the increase in speed that we have shown from last year to this is already more than we expected. I was struggling in places this morning, but I knew that there were places to improve and I think that we were going pretty well up until that error of judgement on SS8. You live and learn and there is still a very long way to go. Tenth isn't where we want to be so we will keep trying and see what comes."

Ott Tänak commented: "We seemed to be struggling in the morning. Maybe it was something to do with our road position because the times were a long way from the leaders in the morning, but when the conditions were more even in the afternoon we were a lot closer. But still I was not fully confident. I need to have a good sleep tonight and make sure that I'm in good shape for tomorrow. So long as we can find a good rhythm I think we can be better. There are some really nice stages tomorrow so I just want to go out there, push hard and have some fun!"

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