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Interview with Gwyndaf Evans

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Gwyndaf Evans has the honour of taking the GSE Motorsport-developed MG ZR EX258 rally car over the start ramp of the Monte Carlo Rally - heralding the return of the MG name to international rallying. In the hectic days leading up to Gwyndaf, co-driver Chris Patterson, and the team setting off for the principality of Monaco, which hosts the event, we took a few minutes to ask the Welshman for his thoughts on the forthcoming challenge…

Q: Gwyndaf, is the Monte Carlo Rally a daunting event for the first outing of the MG ZR rally car?

Gwyndaf Evans: "Yes, is the simple answer. It’s always a daunting event, but with a new car we’re really going out into the unknown.

"It’s great the MG name is back in rallying, and it seems appropriate the Monte Carlo Rally, one of the most famous on the calendar, is the first event for the car. Personally, I’m just pleased to be involved."

Q: What conditions are you expecting on the rally?

GE: "Apparently it’s been reasonably dry down there - but I’m sure we’ll see some snow on the rally. Chris, my co-driver, has done the Monte four times before and he’s telling me to expect ice and snow in the mountains.

"It would be unfair to expect too much from the car on its first ever rally, and especially on an event as tough as this one, but we’re a competitive team and everyone has been working flat out and we’re expecting to go well. How well, we’ll just have to wait and see as we’ve had a limited amount of time, testing."

Q: How did the car feel on those tests?

GE: The MG ZR felt really good - we’re all optimistic for the future with it. It’s doing the right things and you can feel already where its strengths are - and there’s plenty more to come from it."

Q: After Monte Carlo there is a two month break before the next event - is that going to be a busy period for you?

GE: "We all hope so! It would be good to do a lot of testing and learn as much as we can about the car in a wide variety of conditions. We need to try the car out on asphalt, in the forests, and on the roughest terrain we can find - we have the Acropolis Rally to face later on!

"We’re still only learning the basics with the MG ZR,

Q: How do you feel about bringing the MG name back into rallying?

GE: "Honoured!

"We’re all getting really excited about what we are attempting to do, and we’re going to do our best to make it a successful season."
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