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EVANS CONFIDENT IN TOYOTA’S TARMAC ABILITIES

Elfyn Evans says he’s looking forward to his first ever all-asphalt event aboard a Toyota Yaris WRC in Croatia this week end.

The Welshman, who is currently third in the standings and went fastest on Thursday’s morning’s shakedown blast, has surprisingly never started an all-asphalt rally before in his current car, although the same can also be said for a number of his rivals.

“The feeling was good from there,” Evans said regarding a recent test session. “You’re always a little bit wary when you come out of the test with a good feeling on a completely new event. The roads change so much in Croatia from what we can see, there are so many different characteristics – the test road can only give you a limited amount of information about the whole event.

“It’s the first time on a pure Tarmac rally with this car. We did Monte-Carlo and Monza, but they weren’t the same as this. But despite that, the feeling with the car was really positive and good straight away.”

Like all his rivals, Evans will spend time understanding Pirelli’s range of asphalt rubber. The P Zero comes in a hard and soft compound format, whilst the Cinturato tyre will also be available in case of heavy rain.

“Obviously this is the first time any of us have used the hard [compound] Pirelli,” he added, “so that’s going to be interesting. The weather looks like it could be wet in the run-up to the rally, so that could make the tyre side of things interesting.”

Evans has a strong record on asphalt rallies and came close to sealing victory on the Tour de Corse in 2019 before a pothole caused a puncture on the Wolf Power Stage and dropped him to third.