The 2021 vice-world champion wanted an excellent end in Greece to remain in contact with championship chief Sébastien Ogier. A gearbox drawback on Friday shortly dampened his hopes whereas plunging him into the general standings wherein he’s solely aiming for a return to the highest 10.
Elfyn Evans had began the rally properly, ending second within the tremendous particular set within the streets of Athens earlier than staying on the rostrum on the finish of SS2. Nonetheless, whereas regrouping earlier than the subsequent particular, his Toyota Yaris WRC skilled a gearbox drawback which resulted in a late scoring and a 40 ”penalty. The Welshman then needed to finish the day with a blocked gearbox. With out noon help to make repairs, Evans by some means restricted the harm to complete the stage in 16th place, almost 5 minutes behind the chief.
“It was a final minute drawback earlier than getting into SS3, all the things was nice after SS2”, Evans defined helplessly on this predicament. “Once we went again to the subsequent stage, we discovered we had an issue, so we tried to search out fast fixes, however sadly we took penalties in making an attempt to repair the issue. Sadly, that was the issue. again to sq. one. My gear lever didn’t work in any respect. I had the means to go up [les vitesses] however no [les] go down, so when you attempt your hand on sure sections to go up a gear, you’ve gotten a tough time when it will get tighter. I believe we have tried to do what we will and the workforce has been working behind the scenes, however there is not a lot that may be executed on this scenario. “
Arriving in Greece 38 factors behind within the championship on Ogier, Evans noticed his hopes dwindle over the day given the wonderful efficiency achieved by the Frenchman firmly on the rostrum.
“I imply the scenario wasn’t excellent anyway, so it went from unhealthy to worse, however that is the sport”, Evans confessed. “I do not suppose I’ve had a single technical drawback since becoming a member of this workforce [Toyota], so , finally these items occur and it’s totally uncommon right here. “
Decided to maneuver up the final classification with a revamped Yaris WRC, the Welshman has already executed an excellent a part of the best way this Saturday by returning to the highest 10 on the noon break.