MOTOR SPORT: Evans to appear at Rallyday
10:10am Wednesday 4th September 2013 in Latest Sport News
WORLD Rally Championship driver Elfyn Evans will drive M-Sport’s new Ford Fiesta R5 at the 13th edition of the Rallyday at the Castle Combe circuit on September 21.
The young Welshman, who is part of the Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team, recently finished sixth overall – and second in WRC 2 – on ADAC Rallye Deutschland (August 22-25), the ninth round out of 13 2013 FIA World Rally Championship and he most .
The result equalled his previous best – achieved in June on Rally Italia Sardegna.
“Rallyday is a brilliant event which always attracts a lot of spectators so I am very happy to be attending this year’s event with the (Ford) Fiesta R5,” said Evans, the 2012 FIA WRC Academy Cup winner, who will be joined at the event by his father, 1996 British Rally champion, Gwyndaf.
“The car is absolutely fantastic, and following some great results at WRC level, I can’t wait to show it off in front of the home fans.
M-Sport managing director, Malcolm Wilson added: “M-Sport are always very keen to have a presence at Rallyday, and this year we will be there with one of our most exciting projects and one of our most impressive up-and-coming young drivers.
“I am very proud of the Fiesta R5, so it is fantastic that Elfyn will be able to demonstrate its performance in front of the huge crowds we have come to expect at this event.
“Elfyn too has been working hard and getting some good results in the past few months.
“With two career-best sixth place finishes – one behind the wheel of the Fiesta RS WRC in Sardinia, and the other with the R5 in Germany – it will be a great opportunity for him to meet and thank the fans who have supported him over the years.”
Evans’ attendance follows confirmation in July that Volkswagen’s Sébastien Ogier will also be at the event.
The Frenchman, who could clinch the 2013 WRC Drivers’ title on the forthcoming Rally Australia, will drive a genuine ex-works Group B Audi Quattro A2.
Ogier will also present the inaugural ‘Brian Stubbings Spirit of Rallyday’ Trophy, created in honour of Brian, the co-founder of Rallyday, who died in February this year.
Rallyday organiser, Darin Frow said: “Rallyday 2013 has been a very personal event for both Jo (Stubbings) and I this year, so we're extremely pleased to see such a strong line-up from the world of rallying and welcome back so many friends.
“The latest news that Malcolm [Wilson] has confirmed M-Sport's attendance with their new Fiesta R5 which will be driven by Elfyn – one of Britain's brightest new rally stars - just adds to the excitement.”
Other stars and attractions at Rallyday 2013 include 1984 World Rally champion Stig Blomqvist in Audi's S1 Quattro.
He will be joined by Mini Cooper driving legend and winner of the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally Paddy Hopkirk, , who will lead the 50th Mini Cooper celebrations.
Former Ford works driver Phil Collins, 1989 and 1990 British Rally champion David Lllewllin and 2007 and 2008 British Rally champion, Guy Wilks are also expected to attend.
The MSA British Rally Championship will have an official Feature Stage, including current Championship leader Jukka Korhonen and closest rival, Tom Cave.
Tickets for Rallyday 2013 are on sale now, with advance tickets for adults costing £15, (if booked on or before tomorrow) or £20 on the day. Accompanied U16s go free.
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