All eyes on Wales as the WRC comes to a close

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Round 13; the final round of the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship takes place next weekend in the beautiful Welsh valleys. For the thousands lucky enough to attend, the usual mix of rain, mud and cold temperatures are to be expected as the cars charge down the gravel roads weaving through the forests and small villages. World champion Sébastien Ogier may have already added a third crown to his name and be a strong favorite to win the event, the chances of a British winner as strong as they have been for years.

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2000 saw the last local winner, as the late Richard Burns won his third Wales rally in a row, straight after the legendary Colin McRae took three titles in four years. 26 year old Ford M-Sport driver Elfyn Evans is set to compete in his home event, completing a very impressive second full season in the WRC, where he has achieved a career best second place last month in France.

Ford M-Sport compete in a Fiesta RS WRC, a 1.6 litre turbocharged 4-wheel drive animal. The power unit generates a staggering 300bhp and is aided by a 6 speed gearbox. The fiesta is stripped of all luxuries and any comfort items to allow the car to weight an FIA minimum weight of 1200kg, or 1360 with both drivers.

 

Main Image – http://elfynevans.com/news/article/elfyn-rounds-off-his-2014-season-with-fifth-on-wales-rally-gb – 6/11/15