This weekend sees Elfyn Evans and Craig Parry back in action in WRC 2 as the look to secure their third successive victory in the main support series to the FIA World Rally Championship.
Evans returns to the cockpit of the M-Sport car after having to miss Rally Mexico due to the opening round of the MSA British Rally Championship. Evans took victory in the Mid-Wales Stages, but was forced to retire on the Circuit of Ireland rally two weeks ago.
Since then he has been busy heading preparing for Rally Argentina, “This is a busy month of rallying for us,” said the Welshman, “but I was really pleased to hear that we would be heading back to Argentina. It’s a really tough event, but it’s one that I enjoy and I have some good memories from there… plus they also have some pretty amazing steaks!”
In 2015 Evans secured the final podium spot in the WRC class, but he knows that it is going to be a tough task ahead of him this weekend as he takes on the rally in the M-Sport Ford Fiesta R5 Evo.
“From the last two years, we know that this is a very difficult event. Getting through unscathed is often a challenge in itself, but we know that the Fiesta is a very strong car. Unlike the other two events, this one won’t necessarily be about outright pace, but our goal is still the same and we’ll be going there with the aim of securing the victory.
“There will be a fair mix of stages this year. The route is venturing further south where the roads are quite sandy and incredibly fast. But on Sunday we’ll also have some very technical stages with some tight and twisty sections through Mina Clavero and El Condor. Those stages are also likely to be the roughest that we’ll encounter so it certainly won’t be over until it’s over!”
M-Sport Team Prinicpal Malcolm Wilson is confident that Evans can continue his winning streak this weekend, “This is an event that he enjoys and I’m confident that he will be able to continue what has been a string of very impressive performances. Argentina can be something of a lottery, but his target will be to secure a third WRC 2 victory with the new-evolution Fiesta R5.”