Evans began the season among the many favourites to problem for the WRC title after ending runner-up to Sebastien Ogier for the earlier two campaigns, however this yr the Welshman has been unable to defeat Toyota team-mate Rovanpera within the Rally1 hybrid automobiles.
Rovanpera has received 5 of seven occasions this yr to maneuver right into a commanding 83-point lead within the championship.
Evans pushed Rovanpera shut in Sweden previous to crashing out on the ultimate day, and led the Finn within the Portugal, Kenya and Estonia rounds earlier than occurring to complete second behind his stablemate.
In these occasions, Rovanpera has proven superior confidence and pace in difficult moist circumstances which has helped the 21-year-old discover an edge over Evans.
Toyota boss Jari-Matti Latvala attributed Rovanpera’s benefit to the younger driver’s extracurricular actions competing in drifting occasions.
Evans has studied Rovanpera’s fashion and is conscious of the areas the place his team-mate is succeeding.
“I believe he finds loads of confidence within the rain and particularly when the grip is a little more combined, possibly there’s something in his fashion that’s suiting him a bit extra,” Evans informed Motorsport.com. “It’s undoubtedly not an space I’ve excelled on this yr not less than.
“I’m fairly conscious of among the stuff that is happening however it isn’t at all times straightforward to only translate that.”
Podium: Winner Kalle Rovanpera, Jonne Halttunen, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota GR Yaris Rally1, second place Elfyn Evans, Scott Martin, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota GR Yaris Rally1
Photograph by: Toyota Racing
Moist climate is once more predicted for this weekend’s go to to Rovanpera’s homeland of Finland, the scene of arguably Evans’ best WRC win final season.
After scoring three second place finishes within the final 4 occasions Evans says his confidence is constructing after a tough begin to the yr, however is totally anticipating a troublesome job to tug off a second consecutive Rally Finland win, to be able to open his account for the yr.
“After all I’ve combined emotions as we needed extra from the latest rallies, however I’m comfortable to be not less than extra frequently on the rostrum in comparison with the beginning of the yr, because it actually wasn’t such a superb begin,” he stated.
“I’m simply feeling we’d like just a few wins actually to achieve that final little bit of momentum. It has been a difficult yr thus far.
Requested if returning to Finland can be a superb rally to safe the but elusive win this yr, he stated: “In the event you go by regular kind in all probability not as there are such a lot of quick Scandinavians this yr.
“Let’s see. We come to every rally attempting to provide our greatest shot and that is no exception.”
Rally Finland begins on Thursday night time with the primary of twenty-two aggressive phases.