M-Sport driver Elfyn Evans leads the way following Friday’s action at the World Rally Championship season ending Rally GB in Wales, his home event. Evans who leads an M-Sport 1,2,3 commented by saying:
It feels pretty good to be in this position at the end of the day. We’ve had a solid run with no problems and no mistakes so, so far, so good.
“It’s definitely not been an easy day – especially this morning when the grip was changing so often through the stages.
“Finding the balance between pushing just enough and over-driving was pretty difficult as the grip was changing from corner to corner. We just tried to concentrate on using the traction we had as best we could, but it wasn’t easy for sure.
“Tomorrow’s stages really are fantastic and so enjoyable to drive. They’re real home territory for me so the plan is just to go out there and enjoy it.
Ott Tanak goes into the weekend’s action in second place in his final event for M-Sport before he moves to Toyota Gazoo Racing for the 2018 season. Speaking following the day of action, Tanak commented by saying:
It’s not been a bad day for us and it’s been really nice out on the stages. The sun has been shining and I think it’s the first time I’ve actually seen the Myherin stage without the fog!
“It’s still a really close battle behind Elfyn so we’ll have to wait and see what we can do. Tomorrow’s stages are completely different but they’re also really enjoyable.
“I’m sure it’s going to be another exciting day, but it will be difficult to make any big time differences. We’ll keep fighting and keep pushing as always.”
Sebastien Ogier goes into the weekend on the verge on winning the WRC Championship and is currently in third place in Rally GB and commenting following the action he commented by saying:
I feel good at the end of the day. Some sections were quite tough and I struggled to read the grip through the first pass of Hafren. I was a bit disappointed at the end of that one, but other than that it has been a good day for us.
“I took my 500th stage win today, at exactly the same place where I took my very first stage win in 2008, so that is a nice story and it seems that I like Sweet Lamb! Actually the profile of today’s whole loop is really nice – nice flowing stages and nice corners which are really enjoyable to drive.
“So long as you can read the grip, you can have a lot of fun out there and for sure Elfyn has had a lot of fun today. We knew he could do well here and, even though the tyres are working well for him, it was still a very strong performance. No matter what tyres you have, you still have to drive the car and he deserves to be where he is tonight.
“All three championship contenders are really close now and if I want to stay in the fight I have to push. That will be the plan for tomorrow – to enjoy, to push, and to see the fight continue.
M-Sport Team Principal Malcolm Wilson commented by saying:
It doesn’t get much better than this. We’ve had a terrific day with great performances from all three drivers, but let’s not forget that there are two very difficult days to come.
“Once again, the Fiesta has shown great speed and we’ve proved that we can be competitive on all surfaces. To win all but one of the stages so far is fantastic.
“We all know Elfyn’s potential and knew this could be a good event for him. For sure the tyre is working well, but it’s not just down to that and he has delivered a very strong drive today.
“He’s in a good position with nothing to lose – and he can go out there tomorrow and just focus on enjoying his home stages.
“Ott and Sébastien have also delivered very strong performances but they have to keep their championship hopes in mind.
“Whatever happens, we’re in for another exciting day of competition tomorrow.