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Rally champion's son takes wheel
Elfyn Evans with is Fiesta car
Elfyn Evans hopes he will have as much success as his father Gwyndaf
A young Gwynedd rally driver is hoping to follow his father as he continues on the long road towards success.

Elfyn Evans, 18, son of Dolgellau-based 1996 British Rally champion Gwyndaf Evans, said the name works both ways, but his father was "a great mentor".

He takes part in his first Fiesta Sporting Trophy UK series race in Cumbria on Saturday.

Evans junior has teamed up with Richard Edwards, who was the event's winning co-driver last year.

"There will be added pressure on me because of the family name, but it works both ways. Dad is a great mentor for me" said Elfyn.

"I don't expect to be leading the field on my first event, we both know that.

"But I hope as my experience grows I will be more than a match for the tough competition," he added.

The eight-round UK Fiesta series includes rallies in England, Scotland, Wales and the Isle of Man.

Gwyndaf Evans said he was pleased his son was following in his footsteps even though conditions for a rally driver got more difficult each year.

"The conditions for any young rally driver get tougher and tougher every year so we are pleased to have been able to put together such a strong programme for Elfyn and Richard which will really put them on the map.

"Elfyn has a got a lot to learn and I'm sure the competition will be red hot in the Fiesta series."

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