The win of Rally Monza is a one-way road for Evans's title hopes

Elfyn Evans knows that he must win in Monza to have the chance to clinch his first title in WRC taking into account of his 17-point gap from the first Sebastien Ogier.

The Welsh driver scored the maximum points at Rally Finland and he scored 21 points at Rally Spain reducing his gap from Sebastien Ogier.

Specifically, his gap from Ogier was at 44 points after the end of Acropolis Rally Greece and now it is at 17 points after the end of Rally Spain.

In comparison with Evans, Ogier was more careful in the last two events as he finished fifth and fourth overall in Finland and in Spain respectively while he scored only two extra points in Powerstage of Rally Spain.

It must be mentioned that the French driver was out the top five Powerstage times at Rally Finland, so he did not score any point there for the driver's championship.

"It’s quite clear what we have to do", Evans said. 

"Seventeen points is a pretty big gap and we need to win and the Power Stage bonus points could be quite crucial. 

"Ultimately it is going to take a mistake or an issue for Séb for us to be champions at the end.

"We are still alive and it’s a similar situation to last year with the shoe on the other foot. 

"Anything can happen but we also know that Séb is a smart guy and it is going to take something pretty radical to overtake him".

Finally, he talked about Rally Spain and his gap from the second Thierry Neuville: "It should have been more to be honest.

"It is what it is. 

"We know already some of the reasons why. 

"Second is still a result and Thierry was very strong this weekend and we didn’t have the speed to match him. 

"We need to make sure we are better prepared for Monza and can fight for the win.

"The first pass, the road was very clean and we were able to use a bit of a racing car line and get a good feeling. 

"Unfortunately, in the afternoon, when we had more gravel, I struggled to feel comfortable in the car and we had a big moment in the middle of a stage that was quite costly in terms of confidence.

"Then we were trying to work a way around the problems we had during Friday afternoon to make the car better. 

"We made some small improvements but it ended up costing us the balance in the car which brought some understeer".


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