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Eli Evans will consider simply finishing this weekend’s National Capital Rally as a victory for he and his team.

Eli Evans pushing the Mini hard at the pre-event shakedown. (Photo: Peter Whitten)The new Mini Cooper AP4 didn’t turn a wheel in anger until Wednesday’s test session, before the three-time champion got more time in the car at the pre-event shakedown today.

“We did about 25km of testing on Wednesday which was really just getting a feel for the car,” Evans told RallySport Magazine today.

“It really was just a process of making sure everything was working okay and getting through the day.

“We know the car has got heaps of potential, and I’m a racer so I want to win every time I get behind the wheel, but we need to be realistic this weekend.

“Getting the car to the finish will be a real victory for us this weekend, and hopefully we can do that.”

The Mini looked and sounded fast on the shakedown stage, and spectators keen for a view of the new AP4 car in action won’t be disappointed.

- Peter Whitten

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