Elfyn Evans (Toyota) secured his first victory of the 2021 World Rally Championship season in Portugal with a 28.three second lead over Dani Sordo (Hyundai) and 1’23.6 over his teammate Sébastien Ogier. ‘he maintains his management within the WRC drivers standings, the Frenchman sees the hole narrowing to 2 small factors; he’ll nonetheless need to open the highway once more on the primary day of Rally Sardinia subsequent week.
“I do not prefer it once I’m not in a position to combat for the very first locations, nevertheless it was form of anticipated coming right here main the championship and main the best way, so we did what we may.”, Ogier mentioned. “Ultimately we completed third, fairly removed from Dani and Elfyn, and I actually imagine that even when I had executed an ideal efficiency I might have been nearer, however not in a position to combat with them [pour la victoire] with the place on the highway. “
Nonetheless, the efficiency “excellent” didn’t happen as Ogier was not totally happy with the conduct of his Toyota, which led to errors that price him time over the three days. The seven-time World Champion has publicly known as on the Japanese producer to redouble its efforts for the subsequent spherical of the season in Italy.
“There are issues we have to perceive and work on with a purpose to be sharper in Sardinia”, he added. “Actually, I am pleased to guide the championship. It is at all times a great factor to be within the lead. No one desires to open the highway in Sardinia, however the factors are to not be taken and it is as much as my rivals. catch up.”
After having skilled a very troublesome Rally Portugal, Hyundai is anticipated on the flip within the Mediterranean, with Ott Tänak and Thierry Neuville who each retired within the final spherical earlier than returning for the day on Sunday, taking the primary two positions of the Energy Stage.
Regardless of the 30 days of testing approved for the WRC groups in 2021, with a purpose to higher get used to the Pirelli tires, Toyota has chosen to not go to Sardinia on this context. “We’re restricted with the check days and they’re calculated on in the future per driver”, defined staff director Jari-Matti Latvala on this topic.
“Now after all we now have a brand new rally in Kenya [le Safari Rally] and we targeted extra on Kenya. We thought of Sardinia and Portugal to be comparable occasions. A set-up for [ces deux rallyes] and we are attempting to work extra for Kenya, which is a brand new ordeal for everybody. “
With Jason Craig