Daniel Barrett, who suffered concussion during the recent Rally Mexico when his Welsh driver, Elfyn Evans, went off the road, has been advised to take more rest before returning to active competition. He will be replaced on the event by Evans’ compatriot, 54-year old co-driver Phil Mill,s who had originally planned to work as part of the “gravel note crew” with Elfyn’s father Gwyndaf during the event. Mills retired from regular WRC competition after competing on the 2010 Rally of Portugal, his seat in Petter Solberg’s privately run Citroen being taken by Chris Patterson. Mills was World Champion co-driver with Solberg in 2003 when they were the last non-French crews to win rallying’s ultimate titles, and the year during which they won the Tour de Corse. Elliot Edmondson will replace Phil in their Route Note Crew, although Stuart Loudon had replaced Barrett during recent testing.   = = = = The only important rally over the Easter weekend was the French gravel championship Terres des Causses held in south central France. It was won by first time winner Thibault Durbec (Citroen DS3 WRC) after a close battle with the Fiesta WRC of Stephane Consani, while another DS3 WRC came third, driven by Lionel Baud. After Jean-Marc Flaco (Fabia R5) went off the road, the R5 battle was won by the Skoda of Michel Sylvain, while the Belgian William Wagner’s Fiesta was the second best R5. Brice Tirabassi’s Hyundai i20 R5 was delayed by power steering trouble. = = = = A dramatic test crash in Corsica befell Belgian driver Guillaume de Mevius, whose Peugeot 208 R5 ended up “metres” off the road. Crew were unhurt.
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