The m sport Ford World Rally Team driver was among the few to navigate a safe passage across Mexico’s demanding cave phases and that allowed him to maneuver his Fiesta into second place on Saturday morning.

But he dropped valuable time to the hard-charging Tänak throughout the second pass of the Otates evaluation (SS14) on Saturday afternoon and that opened the doorway for its Estonian to close the gap and eventually move ahead into runnersup spot on Sunday morning.

“Giving 16 seconds away in one stage is really a killer from his game, in such a competitive atmosphere,” Evans said as he reflected on his time loss in Otates.

When I had come back to service Saturday night with 20 secs it would have made life much easier.

Evans was generally pleased with his performance at the next round and pleased to claim that his first podium of the season. However he knows where he needs to boost moving ahead.

“It wasn’t the comprehensive operation, there certainly are a few pieces where we allow second-place slide. But it’s pretty positive appearing forward,” he said.

“I was just one of hardly any drivers never going to something or grab a puncture. From that perspective, I’m so glad with my driving style and also the rate that’therefore out there. I simply have to bring a little extra consistency to the changing days and the great results can come.