Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Elfyn Evan’s has had an extremely strong start to his time with the Finniah team as the Welshman leads overall on Saturday at Rallye Monte Carlo.

Speaking following Friday’s action he said:

“It was a really good morning for sure. The conditions were not so easy and the grip was quite changeable, but the Yaris gave me good confidence, so I was able to relax and enjoy driving the car. The afternoon was not quite so good – the conditions in the last stage were deteriorating with every car that passed and we were probably a bit too brave on the tyre choice. But overall it’s been a good day and hopefully it will be more of the same tomorrow.”

Sebastien Ogier had a strong day on Friday ending the day in the overall lead but is currently just behind his team mate Evan’s heading into the afternoon.

Speaking following the action on Friday, the Estonian said:

Overall, I am happy with the day. This morning I didn’t feel perfectly comfortable in the car and I was a little bit cautious, so I was not in the best rhythm. But for this afternoon we made some little adjustments to the setup and I felt more confident, and I could set some good times. We feared that the tyre choice was not optimal, but in the end it was not that bad, as it was much drier than expected in the second stage of the loop. The gaps are still very small but it is nice to be in this position.”

Kalle Rovanpera commented on his Friday saying:

I’m happy with today as we’ve improved a lot from this morning, which was quite difficult for me. Again, the conditions were new, going with slick tyres on some icy sections, so it was quite a careful morning. But it was getting better with each stage and the middle stage of the loop was good on both occasions. I’ve still got a lot to learn but I’m getting more comfortable in the car all the time. Tomorrow will be a new challenge, with a different style of stages I think, and we need to see what the conditions will be like.”

Toyota Gazoo Racing team principal Tommi Makinen said:

“It was incredible today to see how the speed that our drivers had straight away in our car. Elfyn’s performance this morning was especially impressive and surprised everybody I think. Sébastien wanted to get comfortable and go more step-by-step and now he is showing the performance that we know he’s capable of here. They were both brilliant and made no mistakes at all, and I think they will only improve as they get to know the car better. Kalle is doing an absolutely brilliant job too, always learning, and when the conditions were more stable his speed was very good.”

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