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M-Sport personnel are hesitant about the prospect of team driver Elfyn Evans’ immediate return to active competition. Evans suffered a back injury during the non-championship Rally Estonia in July, effectively ruling out the chance of him going to Turkey. Team director, Richard Millener, said that Turkey was a rough rally which makes the chance of an early return for Elfyn unlikely, without stating what in fact is the cause of Elfyn’s problem. Friends, meanwhile, have stated that it has been reported in Elfyn’s native Wales that there are hairline fractures of two vertebrae in the upper back. This leaves the first realistic chance of Elfyn’s reappearance being the Wales Rally GB on October 4-6. Once again Gus Greensmith will drive the second M-Sport WRC car. There's no news yet about the possibility of Hayden Paddon being entered again in the WRC after his unlucky testing crash before Rally Finland. He recently announced his latest engineering project in New Zealand involving a concept electric rally car. Meanwhile, M-Sport withdrew their WRC2 Pro entry for Pontus Tidemand when they announced he is to drive a third WRC entry for the team in Rally Turkey.
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