How Evans is preparing for the rally of his life

Points leader unconcerned over limited asphalt running but will complete "representative" one-day pre-event test


Life is continuing very much as normal for World Rally Championship leader Elfyn Evans, with the Briton working hard on his preparations for the final round of the series, next month’s Rally Monza.

Evans is not worrying about the constant speculation whether or not the Milanese event will run or not. As far as he’s concerned, it’s running and he has to be ready for it.

“Honestly, I’m not listening,” he told DirtFish. “I’m getting my head down and getting on with what I have to do to prepare for a new event.

“Obviously, I don’t know so much about Monza, I haven’t been there for the event, so it’s a case of watching onboards and doing the usual stuff.”


Toyota will test for the event the week after next and that’s when Evans’ preparations will go through the gears.

“We’ve got our one-day test,” he said. “I don’t know exactly where it’s going to be, but I know it’s not really close to Monza. It’s important to be back in the car. It would have been nice to have had a look to test on a circuit somewhere, but we’re going with a test more representative of where the bulk of the mileage is.

“It’s a shame we didn’t get to do our Ypres test before that event was cancelled. Obviously, Hyundai tested a little bit earlier than we did and those guys have had an extra day in the car.

“I know it’s a small thing, but those things all matter – an extra day in the car in Tarmac set-up would have been nice. But we can’t change that now, so we’ll just look forward to what’s coming.”

Evans holds a 14-point advantage over team-mate Sébastien Ogier. Evans’ nearest non-Toyota title rival is Thierry Neuville, a further 10 back.

Defending champion Ott Tänak is the only remaining driver who could lift the title, but he would need the three ahead of him to retire for him to make up the 28-point deficit between himself and the top of the table.