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Toyota driver, Elfyn Evans, was concerned for his own safety behind the wheel after a 2019 injury put him on the sidelines. A serious back injury was sustained on Rally Estonia, and while Evans wanted to get back in the car soon, specialists told him it was likely a 12-month injury. “When I got told I had a fractured back I didn’t really understand what that meant and what the permutations were, so I went to see Red Bull again who arranged for me to go back and have a CT scan to the proper understanding of how bad it was and I saw a pretty good consultant,” Evans told the FIA’s AUTO+ Medical magazine. “He effectively said, because I was young, fit and healthy, to operate was not really an option because it would cause a lot of problems later on in life. “Although it might give an acceleration in healing time now, but realistically you’re going to have to rest up to 12 weeks and not do too much except for a few little stretch-type exercises. But then obviously when they quoted 12 weeks I was like ‘I don’t want to wait that long!’. The news which was yet to come forecast an even longer time out of the car. “Harris and Ross were very good and trying to support me with exercises and stuff, they also told me ‘you’re gonna have to wait 12 months’, but I wasn’t really happy about that, I wanted to get back in the car sooner,” he explained. Evans missed Finland, Germany and Turkey in the calendar before returning to drive his Fiesta WRC. “After eight weeks I persuaded to go back for a scan to follow up, I really put pressure on Harris & Ross to persuade the consultant to see me earlier. And actually after a week he said “I can’t believe it, but it’s more or less fully healed and you could go back in the car.”  
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