Elfyn Evans struggled at the Tour De Corse where he would eventually finish twenty-first overall after various issues throughout the weekend.
The Tour de Corse is one of the Welshman’s favourite rallies having performed well here last season taking the WRC2 victory, but the 2017 running of the event will be something both him and co-driver Daniel Barritt will want to forget.
Day one began with the pair’s DMACK-backed Ford Fiesta WRC being hit with hydraulic issues similar to that of Sébastien Ogier later in the rally, and Evans would finish the opening leg of stages nearly two minutes behind leader Kris Meeke.
The following morning would see things go from bad to worse for Evans as the 2016 British Rally Champion slid off the road and wasn’t able to continue the stage and retired from the remainder day two as a result.
After a disastrous two days, Evans was able to restart in the rally on the final pair of stages the following morning and would use the day as an opportunity to gain valuable experience aboard his new-for-2017 spec Fiesta.
Evans said on his troublesome Tour De Corse weekend: “This has always been one of my favourite events so it’s disappointing not to have been in a position to have challenged for a strong result. What with the problems on the opening day, and the mistake yesterday, it’s just not been our rally.”
He added: “But it’s not been a wasted weekend by all means. We’ve learnt a lot and collected a lot of information that we can use to be stronger at the next asphalt event. Now, all focus is on Argentina – and it’ll be all guns blazing there!”
Round five of the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship is Rally Argentina and takes place between April 27-30