With Wales Rally GB now just four weeks away, Wales’s leading driver still doesn’t know whether he will be contesting the British round of the World Rally Championship, writes Peter Hughes.
Newly crowned British Rally Champion Elfyn Evans says there are currently more pressing matters where his rallying career is concerned.
Speaking at the media launch of the event at Llyn Brenig, Elfyn was emphatic about how much he would like to be competing on the event, saying, “I am massively keen to do it as the home event with the route coming within five miles of my front door. The atmosphere at the event last year was incredible”
Before he considers entering the event, however, the Dinas Mawddwy driver is anxious to put a deal together for next year “The priority is to secure a seat for the 2017 WRC season. Nothing is confirmed yet but we are still working very hard at it.” he commented, adding, “We have to get that sorted first and once that is sorted then maybe we can look at a deal for GB in preparation for ’17 so we’ll have to wait and see.”
Welsh rally fans will certainly be hoping to see their local hero in action on the event but Elfyn could offer them little comfort, concluding, ”If we can be here we will but we are focussed very much on 2017.”
The rally gets underway with a ceremonial start at the Eirias Stadium in Colwyn Bay on the evening of Thursday 27 October. Competitors will tackle 22 special stages before they reach the finish line in Llandudno at lunchtime on Sunday 30 October. More information is available on the event web site, www.walesrallygb.com.
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