M-Sport’s Elfyn Evans has said he is happy with his performance he gave on a difficult Rally Guanajuato Mexico.

The Welshman’s rally was handicapped before it had even begun as engine problems on the Shakedown forced an engine change, which resulted in a five minute penalty.

Evans, who drives the DMACK World Rally Team Ford Fiesta WRC, then had to clear the road for the duration of day two, the event’s longest day, which restricted his finishing rank even further.

In the end he finished ninth overall and secure three stage wins over the course of the event.

If the penalty hadn’t have been applied he would have finished sixth, ahead of both Toyotas and just nine seconds behind Hayden Paddon’s Hyundai.

Therefore it’s understandable why Evans is happy with his performance in spite of the difficulties he’s faced.

“It’s been a tricky weekend with the penalty and then having to run first on the road,” he said.

“Overall I think we can be pretty happy with the weekend.

“This was our first time on gravel with these new cars and we’ve completed all of the mileage with good speed and three stage victories.

“It could have been a lot worse for sure.”

Evans is now confident the experience will put him in good stead for the next gravel round, Rally Argentina at the end of next month.

“We’ve collected a lot of good knowledge which bodes well for the next gravel outing.”