The MSA congratulates MSA Academy graduates Elfyn Evans and Daniel Barritt on scoring their maiden victory in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) and becoming the first British crew to win Dayinsure Wales Rally GB in 17 years.
Evans and Barritt flew through the legendary Welsh forests to become the event’s first home winners since Richard Burns and Robert Reid in 2000. The historic result means that the UK now has two active WRC rally winners – last seen in 2003 with Burns and Colin McRae – in Evans and Northern Ireland’s Kris Meeke, who won the previous round in Spain.
Evans, aged 28 from Dolgellau in north-west Wales, was hand-picked for the MSA Academy’s Team UK programme in 2010 and graduated two years ago after reaching the WRC. Barritt (37) has also benefitted from the governing body’s talent development programmes. The pair’s previous career highlights include winning the WRC Academy title in 2012 and the MSA British Rally Championship in 2016.
Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive, said: “Dayinsure Wales Rally GB 2017 will be remembered as one of the greatest weekends in the modern era of UK rallying. As products of the MSA Academy, we’re absolutely delighted for Elfyn and Dan; we never had any doubt that they would reach the pinnacle of the sport and we know just how hard they’ve both worked to get there. They’re an inspiration to the next generation of British rally talent.”
Adding to the British success, Evans’ win helped the Cumbria-based M-Sport World Rally Team win the FIA Teams’ title after a resurgent season with its new Ford Fiesta WRC. Jones said: “For M-Sport to win the WRC Team’s title is just awesome, especially as privateers. Congratulations to Malcolm Wilson and his entire team at Cockermouth – they have done UK motorsport proud.”
The MSA also congratulates Frenchmen Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia on their fifth consecutive WRC title, secured with third place on Dayinsure Wales Rally GB.
The event itself – organised by the MSA’s subsidiary, International Motor Sports (IMS), and made possible by hundreds of volunteer marshals and officials – proved a remarkable success, drawing an unprecedented 100,000 spectators to the stages and the Deeside Service Park across the weekend.
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