Elfyn Evans and his co-driver Daniel Barritt made a strong start to this year’s Rally Mexico - sitting in a podium position just 15 seconds adrift of the lead after the third speed test - but the rally ended in dramatic fashion for the pair.
As the crews made their way to the first pass of Ortega (SS4), the luckless Brits were caught out by a series of compressions while in sixth gear. Thrown sideways, they lost the rear end of the car and rolled the M-Sport Fiesta.
The pairing checked in with the medical team on their return to service where Dan was advised not to continue. Both driver and co-driver were okay, but safety remains paramount and the decision was taken to withdraw the car to ensure the pair get the necessary rest before the next WRC round in Corsica.
“We hit a series of bumps that were a lot worse than expected. We lost the rear – still in sixth gear – and didn’t have the power to pull out of the slide. We clipped the bank on the inside and rolled I don’t know how many times.
“I jumped out of the car immediately because I didn’t think there would be any way to continue. But when the dust settled we could see that the damage wasn’t too bad at all. We got our helmets back on and managed to finish the stage – which is incredible after a roll like that.
“We checked in with the medical team when we returned to service and Dan was advised to go for some further precautionary checks. We’re both okay, which is the main thing, and now we just need to focus on starting our season afresh in Corsica.”