Elfyn Evans, what a drive. First time in Monte, in a WRC car, and faced with all the challenges of 2014 event. Elfyn kept cool, calm, in fact he was so unfazed by everything that I got a bit spooked. Here’s this guy, first time here, and yet there are no doubts in his comments, no second thoughts, no sign of weakness or hints of pressure. I don’t know what kind of rally education Mr Evans senior provided for his boy, but what Elfyn displayed in Monte Carlo is worthy of a detailed analysis. This drive alone was enough to put Elfyn right at the top of the radar list for all teams. He will struggle this year at some point, that’s almost granted, but he started the season on a high note and I’m really looking forward to see what else young M-Sport driver can achieve in 2014.
“I’m absolutely delighted to have made it to the finish in such a strong position. Obviously it is very disappointing for Mikko [Hirvonen], he and Jarmo [Lehtinen, co-driver] helped us a lot this weekend and sixth place should have gone to them.
“We managed to keep our noses clean all event – no moments, no dramas, no big slides. To drive round a tricky event like this, like we did, it is a big achievement for us and it fulfils everything we wanted from the weekend.
“There are a lot of people who made it all possible – the ice note crew being one, the team being another. It was a big step to come into a squad like this, and with a top car for my first outing on the Monte, so a big thanks to Malcolm [Wilson] and the team for the opportunity.”