The championship runner-up for the previous two seasons completed second behind Toyota team-mate for the third time within the final 4 WRC rounds at Rally Estonia final Sunday.
Evans had led the runaway WRC factors chief till heavy rain arrived in Friday’s remaining stage. The Welshman admitted he had no reply to Rovanpera’s tempo on Saturday, earlier than in the end ending 1m00.9s adrift of his stablemate, who sealed a fifth win from seven WRC rounds.
The outcome elevated Evans to 3rd within the championship albeit 96 factors behind Rovanpera with six occasions remaining.
Reflecting on Rovanpera’s kind, the 33-year-old says his rival’s tempo received’t have an effect on the way in which he tackles upcoming rallies.
“You’ll be able to by no means be absolutely pleased whenever you end second,” stated Evans.
“It’s not been a straightforward season up so far in fact, it’s good factors once more however like I discussed, a story of two halves. Blissful to at the very least be on the rostrum once more, disenchanted to not be extra aggressive.
“Roughly the [conditions were the] similar for everybody, or let’s say, at the very least the circumstances had been altering for everybody.
“On the finish of the day, we now have to attempt to adapt, it was tough on the market in sure sections throughout the weekend.
“It was already a fairly lengthy attain [in the championship] and it simply acquired longer. Like I discussed already, it doesn’t change our strategy, we go to each rally to present our greatest and naturally the staff as effectively.”
Elfyn Evans, Scott Martin, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota GR Yaris Rally1
Photograph by: Toyota Racing
The WRC will head to Finland subsequent month, the scene of arguably Evans’ most spectacular victory of his profession to this point, when he turned solely the second Briton to win the WRC traditional final yr.
Evans says he’s already wanting ahead to the chance to sort out the enduring gravel roads that he tamed 12 months in the past.
“Fairly eager, let’s wait and see the way it goes.” he added, when requested if he was eager to defeat Rovanpera on his rival’s residence soil.
“It’s at all times an amazing occasion. You at all times can take pleasure in it a lot and it’s at all times my favorite occasion, if not the favorite, on the calendar.”
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