WRC - Welshman Evans to make debut in Sardinia

Elfyn Evans, winner of the 2012 WRC Academy Cup, will make his senior debut in a World Rally car at next week’s Rally Italia Sardegna.

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Elfyn Evans and co-driver Andrew Edwards of Britain drive their Ford Fiesta R2 (AFP)

The Welsh junior driver, son of former WRC driver Gwyndaf Evans, steps up in place of Nasser Al-Attiyah in his Qatar World Rally Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC in Sardinia, Italy.

The 42-year-old Al-Attiyah has commitments in Qatar and thus has had to forfeit his entry to the seventh round of the 2013 World Rally calendar.

Giovanni Bernacchini, Al-Attiyah’s co-driver, will co-pilot for the 24-year-old.

“This is another absolutely fantastic opportunity for me and I want to say a huge thank-you to Nasser and [M-Sport boss] Malcolm [Wilson] for considering me for the drive,” said Evans, who ran in Qatar colours in Portugal in WRC2. “It will be great to get back behind the wheel in competition, but it will certainly be a challenging event.

“This will be my first time in Sardinia, my first time in a WRC car and my first time with Giovanni. But with the team behind me and Giovanni's extensive experience, I know that I will be in capable hands. “My aim for the event is just to enjoy it and gain further experience. I'm learning all the time, and if I can make it through all of the stages on this tricky event then I'll be happy.

“The most important thing at the moment is to get as much competitive seat time as possible, and that will be my main goal next weekend.”

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