with Severn Valley win for Elfyn Evans
Rising rally driver Elfyn Evans recorded his best result ever at the weekend with a resounding win in the FiestaSporting Trophy, an impressive third place overall in the Severn Valley Clubmans Rally and a class win.
His impressive drive in the hustings.com Fiesta now also puts the 19 year old at the head of the leaderboard in the FiestaSporting Trophy in the UK, adding to his success in the Irish series which he also leads.
“We had a puncture on the third stage and that nearly put us off the road at one point but thankfully we had already built up a strong lead,’’ said Elfyn who was once again co-driven by Gareth Roberts.
“We focused on driving a smooth and tidy rally and the many hours we spent watching the DVD of the stages to fine tune our notes really paid off this weekend and we were extremely well prepared.’’
Elfyn’s impressive speed was also rewarded with the hard charger award and maximum points in the ANCRO junior category.
“It has been an eventful weekend on what is effectively our home event,’’ said team boss and former British Rally Champion Gwyndaf Evans.
“Both the team’s drivers have been attracting a huge amount of interest for their outright speed on this classic Welsh rally which is tremendous for their futures – and to have a win with Elfyn was the icing on the cake.’’
Team mate Meilyr Evans finished a creditable fifth in the Fiestas having recorded a string of top times. He was fastest Fiesta on the longest stage of the day in Radnor but had mixed fortunes with an excursion into the scenery and a stalled engine denying him a podium finish.
“It was disappointing not to pick up more points but I’m pleased with the times today and really enjoyed rallying on some classic Welsh stages,’’ said Meilyr who was co-driven by Andrew Edwards.
The result puts GEMsport in an enviable position leading the FiestaSporting Trophy in both the UK, where rounds are all on gravel, and in Ireland, where the rallying in on asphalt.
And it is Ireland which is next on the agenda for the team with the Donegal Rally on June 14.