Evans calm on his championship hopes after Finland win

Elfyn Evans does not think about the title hopes he has for this year's championship after his triumph at Rally Finland promising that he will do the best he can in the two remaining rounds of this season.

The Welsh driver dominated through the last weekend  having won 9 from 19 stages and he won Rally Finland for the first time in his WRC career staying out off trouble there.

Despite the fact that Evans stated before the start of Rally Finland that Yaris did not suit in his driving style in the fast gravel roads, he achieved to win there and in fact to score the maximum championship points as he was the fastest driver in Powerstage and he took the five extra points from it.

It must be mentioned that he did some changes to the set-up of his Yaris before the start of that event and these changes helped him to find the confidence which did not exist at Rally Estonia.

However, the only problem he faced with his Yaris was on Friday when he lost the rear of his car and he ran wide on a high-speed left-hander on Stage 9 and he reported understeer at the end of Stage 13 while he was very close to crash on Stage 14 after a jump as he went off the line.

"I don’t think too much about it to be honest", Evans said.

"It’s definitely moved in the right direction, but it’s still a long, long way away. 

"We knew it was a very remote chance after Greece and it’s not much of a better chance now.

"But it’s moving in the right direction. 

"At the end of the day, we have to just go to the next two events that are left on the calendar and give it our best shot and get the best results we can. 

"That’s all we can do.

"It would only take Séb to have one retirement and it’s all open. 

"But I don’t wish that and all we can worry about is our performance on the next two rallies".

Finally, he is talking about the fact that he was not confident before the start of Rally Finland and about his feeling through the weekend: "Perhaps I wasn’t that confident coming into the rally to be honest, but we found a good feeling with the car quite early on, managed to improve that again for Saturday and then took it from there.

"Everything was working inside the car and I had confidence in what the car was doing. 

"It’s funny, I think you can feel more on the edge in rallies where you are less competitive actually, when you are fighting the car.

"It felt really quite good and I was able to use the strength of the car and the set-up that I chose to deliver good traction at times because the roads were quite slippery. 

"We had to push hard but it came quite naturally".

Source: wrc.com

Photo Credits: Toyota

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