Gwyndaf Evans

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Gwyndaf Evans
Personal information
Nationality Wales Welsh
Born (1959-06-04) 4 June 1959 (age 55)
World Rally Championship record
Active years 1987, 1989–2004, 2006
Teams Ford, SEAT, MG, Mitsubishi
Rallies 30

Gwyndaf Evans (Welsh pronunciation: [ˈɡwɨ̞ndav ˈɛvans]; born 4 June 1959) is a Welsh rally driver. He won the British Rally Championship in 1996, and was also the runner-up in 1995, 1998, 1999 and 2010.[1] On the international stage his participation was limited, but he used his local knowledge to great success in the RAC Rally, where he won the Group N production car class twice driving a Ford Sierra RS Cosworth 4x4, in 1990 and 1993.[2] In 1994, driving a Group A Ford Escort RS2000, he scored a then career high seventh place overall, winning his class once more, before going one better with a sixth place finish the following year, and his fourth class victory in six years.[2]

In 1997 he switched to SEAT, who were competing with their Ibiza GTI 16v, and later the Córdoba WRC from 1999 to 2001.[2] In 2002 he moved to MG and an MG ZR S1600, spending two years on the international circuit with Chris Patterson, and the British Championship with Claire Mole, after splitting with long term co-driver Howard Davies.[2][3]

He drove a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution in the now renamed Wales Rally GB in 2004 and 2006, with the latter being where he won the 2006 Mitsubishi Evo Challenge Trophy. His prize was a works-prepared Lancer Evolution for the 2007 British Rally Championship.[4]

He now runs the family Ford and Suzuki dealership in Dolgellau, first established by his grandfather in Dinas Mawddwy in 1930, and which was renamed to Gwyndaf Evans Motors in 1983.[5] The company now supports Gwyndaf's son Elfyn, who is competing at an international level as a rally driver in the WRC.[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Q&A: Gwyndaf Evans", Rob Wilkins, Crash.net, August 2005
  2. ^ a b c d Gwyndaf Evans, Rallybase.nl profile
  3. ^ "MG returns to rally with Gwyndaf Evans", MG News, MGcars.org.uk, January 11, 2002
  4. ^ "Q&A: Gwyndaf Evans", Russell Atkins, Crash.net, December 5, 2006
  5. ^ "About Us". Gwyndaf Evans Motors. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  6. ^ "Elfyn follows in Gwyndaf's footsteps", Racecar.com, February 27, 2007
  7. ^ Gibson, Ken (ed.) (2007-10-04). "Like father like son". The Sun. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Alister McRae
Autosport
National Rally Driver of the Year

1996
Succeeded by
Mark Higgins