Elfyn Evans has become the first British driver to win Rally Sweden, after a masterful display last weekend.

It might have been one of the shortest rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship ever held, but with maximum points quite rightly awarded, Elfyn is tied for the lead in the drivers’ standings with Monte Carlo Rally winner Thierry Neuville.

It was Elfyn’s second WRC victory, having won Wales Rally GB in 2017, and a first WRC triumph for co-driver Scott Martin.

This is what they both had to say at the post-Rally Sweden press conference.

Congratulations on your second FIA WRC win, Elfyn. How do you feel?
“Happy! It’s been a really good weekend. We came and we found a good feeling in Shakedown, although we weren’t sure how that would be. We came with proper stages and the car was working really well. That gave me confidence to push the way I did. At the end, the result is really good. I’m happy.”

What was that final stage like?
“Difficult. I was half of the mindset to find a good rhythm and then think about some [Power Stage] points, but I gave that up straight away. To take points would mean taking some risk. There was a section of soft stuff near the beginning, this was quite tricky for the tyres and the puncture risk was quite big. I felt like I should just drive like I needed to do to get the win.”

You’re the Championship leader now, how do you feel about Mexico?
“We’ve had two specialist events. It’s good that we’ve been able to capitalise on both of them and I suppose Mexico can be specialised as well. But then, gravel forms the majority of the championship so we need to get our teeth into the feeling of the car in there. Let’s hope it goes as well as it did on the first two.

First on the road in Mexico, that’s going to be tough?
“Not if it rains. There’s always hope…”

Scott, your first FIA WRC win – how does that feel?
“I’m struggling to come to terms with it to be honest. It feels fantastic and it feels so good for the team. Elfyn drove fantastically all rally, we led from start to finish and like Elfyn said, that last stage was not the most enjoyable. The others were beautiful, we had a great rhythm and speed. It was a joy to be in the car, even if it was a bit nerve-wracking on the last stage. When I got the radio message [after the stage] and I could hear all the team cheering, I kind of half-knew [we’d won]. But when Kaj [Lindström] said we had won, that was the confirmation. It’s taken a while to get the first, but I’m sure the second will come a bit quicker!”

You and Elfyn have gelled well with the team. Has it been easy?
“From the outside, maybe it looks easy, but a lot of work has gone in. The team’s had three new drivers and the team’s done lot of work behind the scenes. We had a good result in Monte, maybe not the perfect one, but two cars on the podium here is a brilliant start. There are a lot of rallies ahead and lot of work to keep that going. One win out of the way, we came close last year – we can kick on from here.”

“It’s a rare day to see a British crew on the top step of the Rally Sweden podium…
“It’s great for the sport, great for the UK, which is a big part of the history of the sport. This is a unique event, it’s somewhere the Scandinavians have done very well and the Sébastiens [Loeb and Ogier] have been great here, but me and Elfyn have been together just over a year. The more rallies we do, the better it feels. I think this is our 13th event together. Maybe it’s lucky number 13!”

Elfyn Evans and Scott Martin wear Stilo WRC DES Zero 8860 helmets.

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