Despite his incredibly consistent form this season, Elfyn Evans is not about to get complacent ahead of next month’s ACI Rally Monza (04-06 December).
Welshman Evans is experiencing a breakthrough year in the WRC, following an off-season shift from M-Sport Ford to Toyota Gazoo Racing, joining six-time world champion Sébastien Ogier and up-and-coming Finnish sensation Kalle Rovanperä.
It was expected that most eyes would be on Frenchman Ogier, chasing a seventh title in potentially his final season in the WRC. However, through a Covid-19-disrupted season, it has been Evans leading the charge for Toyota Gazoo Racing, finishing fourth or better in every rally so far.
That now sees him going into the season-deciding ACI Rally Monza, holding a slender 14-point advantage over Ogier in the Drivers’ Championship, leaving little room for error in the north of Italy.
“I will need to be at my best [in Monza],” Evans told walesrallygb.com, adding: “From my side, with the points situation as it is, the championship is still very much an open game. We will go to Monza trying to win the rally – that’s ultimately where I’m at.”
While some might suggest that the Covid-19-forced cancellation of Renties Ypres Rally Belgium, which had been set to run from 19-22 November, assists Evans in the quest for his maiden title, the 31-year-old does not necessarily see it like this.
“You can look at it both ways,” he mused. “If I had an issue with two rounds left, there would still have been one remaining rally to make up any lost ground. Now, should anything go wrong in Italy, the job is probably finished – there will be no opportunity to claw back points.
“In one way, of course, the title is closer.
“But in reality, things are still open and anything can still happen in the one remaining round.”