Evans vs Evans in BRC?
While Elfyn Evans' Pirelli Star Driver prize meant he and Andrew Edwards were certain to contest the 2011 BRC, there is a prospect of a father and son battle in store since 1996 Champion and 2010 runner up Gwyndaf Evans has supported the championship with an early registration.
Elfyn will use a Pirelli TEG Sport Impreza, but Gwyndaf has kept the make and model of his steed under wraps, although he has entered under the R4 category for four wheel drive cars, the same as Elfyn.
The youngster was coy about the possibility of a family tussle, but undoubtedly keen to get the season underway saying, "I'm really looking forward to it and we're going to arrange a pre-season test in the next week or so."
The Pirelli funded prize proved a winning one for the 2009 Star Driver Keith Cronin, who went on to successfully defend his BRC crown at the wheel of the Impreza. But both the BRC and Pirelli competition organisers will make it quite clear that there is no such expectation of the Welsh youngster to deliver a title.
Gwyndaf's registration was, according to him, "Just in case." Although when pushed further he admitted that he had, "A whale of a time in 2010." concluding, "Nothing is in place for 2011 yet, but I've missed some chances in the past through not being registered and I'm working on a couple of plans. I was without a drive this time last year and look what happened -- I finished second and helped JRM take the Teams title."
Whatever happens Gwyndaf has pledged to give his full support to Elfyn in his prize drive year -- whether that extends to the stages remains to be seen.