The Welshman’s no place in Mexico earlier this month propelled him up to fifth place in these things. An supportive evaluation a week gets convinced that the M-Sport Ford driver which the following top three in Corsica linea – Tour de Corse (28 – 31 March) is really a realistic aim.

&ldquoWe spent two weeks analyzing with Teemu (team-mate Suninen) and the car seems very good. Every thing went to plan and that I feel as though we have to have some good pace. We’re all looking for yet another podium and can work as hard as we can to achieve this,” he said.

“It was great to find a podium last time out in Mexico, and that really propelled us up the championship standings. It provides us a top five starting position this week, and we need to capitalise on this and strive for yet another strong outcome.

His season started on a lower note with a no-score in Rallye Monte-Carlo, but fifth put in Sweden’s snow and ice preceded a thriving opening burial experience in north America’s dust and warmth.

Evans, that led a WRC round for first time at the asphalt fixture in 2015 en route to next place, knows this week’s new-look format will be hard.

“This year’s Tour de Corse would have been a true challenge with about twothirds of this route comprising new stages. The recce is going to be very crucial and now there ’s going to be lots of work needed on the pace notes,” that the Ford Fiesta driver declared.

Team principal Rich Millener spotlighted the opening leg, when drivers face more than 120km of action without service, just as key.

“there ’ll become a true element of endurance Friday once we complete all day every day . The crews will get to be notably focused and a smart drive could well bring home the things,” he said.