Portugal Frustration

Elfyn Evans

Despite the fact that the new M-Sport Fiesta RS WRC made its debut on last weekend's Rally Portugal, the event is one that Elfyn Evans and co-driver Daniel Barritt will be keen to forget.Having made a consistent start to his championship, the Welshman looked on course to impress over the weekend – three seconds clear of World Champion Sebastien Ogier midway through Friday's opening speed test (SS2). Unfortunately it was not to be as a fault with the throttle pedal fly-by-wire – a tried and tested part carried over from the previous homologation – put paid to his efforts just three kilometres shy of the stage end. An uncharacteristic mistake then robbed him of an opportunity to experience Saturday's stages when he damaged the suspension of his Fiesta RS WRC on SS8. There were a lot of positives to take a away from the event, however. The fifth-placed finish recorded by Elfyn's teammate Ott Tanak hints at the huge potential the new Ecoboost-powered Ford Fiesta RS WRC has to unleash. Elfyn now turns his focus to next month's Rally d'Italia where he and Dan will be keen to prove their own potential at the wheel of M-Sport's new car.

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