Evans had a better feeling with the Yaris in Poland than in the previous rallies


Elfyn Evans admits that he felt more comfortable with his Yaris in Poland last week compared to the previous rallies saying that his speed was not bad, but he is frustrated with the puncture in Powerstage.

The Welshman was among the three drivers who were fighting for the lead of Rally Poland until Stage 13 where he lost 8,9 seconds and dropped to third overall after a rear right puncture. Since then, he was not able to battle Kalle Rovanpera and Andreas Mikkelsen and remained in third place overall while his aim was to score some points on Sunday. The final day of Rally Poland started without issues for Evans, but he hit a rock in an entry of a corner in Powerstage resulting in completing the stage with a puncture. Evans scored only four points on Sunday which came only from SuperSunday due to the fact that he was outside the top five in Powerstage. At the end of Rally Poland, Evans managed to decrease his gap from the championship leader Thierry Neuville to 15 points and moved up second overall leaving Ott Tanak behind for ten points.

"At the end of the rally our overall position is good", Evans said. 

"The Sunday points are almost just as important and we tried to get as many as we could on Sunday. 

"It was all going OK, but unfortunately we had an issue in the Power Stage with a puncture: there was a rock on the line and there was not a lot I could do. 

"We only lost a few seconds, but with this points system a small issue like that can penalise you a lot, so it was disappointing to finish the rally this way. 

"Our speed this weekend was not bad: Friday was good with the road position we had and Saturday was also going well until the tyre issue. 

"It’s definitely the case that the feeling in the car is much better than in the previous rallies. 

"We need to carry that forward, build on what we learned here and look to do a good job in Latvia".

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