Elfyn Evans stormed to victory at the Secto Automotive Rally Finland on Sunday, keeping his hopes alive for a maiden FIA World Rally Championship title.

Evans stamped his authority on a round regarded as the fastest of the series, grabbing the lead on Saturday morning.

Surviving intense pressure to claim a fifth WRC event victory in his Toyota Yaris by 14.1sec, he became only the second Brit to win the iconic fixture.

Speaking after the stage, Evans said: "This one feels good in the way we managed to do it.

"We struggled a lot in Estonia [in the previous round} and we made some changes to the car in the test and found some confidence early on.

"We had a good road position on Friday and took the lead on Saturday, and I'm really happy to be able to give the team a win on their home rally."

Victory means Evans has cut leader Sébastien Ogier’s championship lead to 24 points, with two rounds remaining.

A maximum of thirty points remain on offer in each of the remaining two stages.

The championship heads to Spain next on October 14, before Rally Monza in Italy on November 19.

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