Evans powers to success in Academy Championship Cup
WELSH rallying success was further bolstered by Elfyn Evans's success in winning the WRC Academy Championship Cup in last weekend's Rally of France.
The title was secured with one round to spare, his four wins rounded off by the Rally of France victory.
The young man now has a big decision ahead, as Ford World Rally Team boss Malcolm Wilson has been impressed by his speed and consistency, and is considering putting the son of former British champion Gwyndaf at the wheel of a Ford Fiesta R2 for every round of the 2013 World Rally Championship.
Or he may have him driving in five WRC events in a new Fiesta R5 four-wheel drive machine as part of the Ford team's development programme.
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Wilson said: "At the start I felt all the rounds in the R2 car the best option, but after the way Elfyn has delivered this year I would like to know sooner than later how good he can be.
"There is no doubt he is the brightest prospect we've had in Britain for some time."
Elfyn added: "The lure of a four-wheel drive car is considerable for next year's WRC and difficult to ignore.
"But the experience of every WRC round in the Fiesta R2 is something I need to consider as well."
There was more Welsh success as West Walian Julian Reynolds took the British Historic Rally Championship, settling matters on the Colin McRae Stages.
The car was superbly prepared by Melvyn Evans Motorsport, and fitted with a newly-built Alan Sherwood Cosworth BDA engine just days before the rally.
He was pushed hard by fellow West Walian Richard Hill. His speed has not been in doubt at all, but a shortage of funds has brought pressures of their own.
Reynolds said: "I've had to take events one at a time, but this year was a big push. It was a big commitment but we did it and everything went our way.
"It was great to win the title on a rally that commemorated the memory Colin McRae, who we often saw on Welsh events."
Amman and District MC made the Mynydd Ddu road rally a success last weekend, with the club returning to its roots.
The event had not been run for 14 years, but still attracted a good entry of 54 cars, even without any kind of championship status.
The route was over 100 miles, testing novices and more experienced crews alike. Hywel Greves and Greg Leeman saw their prospects dashed after missing a control, allowing Chris Williams and Mark Kehrein to take a win by almost a minute. Their Citroen C2 headed runners-up Mike Morgan and Dai Howells in the Proton Satria, who had been out of the sport for some time.
Third went to Dorian James and Elgan Davies, their Peugeot 306 around ten minutes clear of the rest.