Elfyn Evans ruled out of Rally Finland through injury

M-Sport's Elfyn Evans has been ruled out of taking part in August's Rally Finland through injury and will be replaced by Gus Greensmith.

The Welshman was advised to sit the event out on medical grounds after he suffered a heavy landing during last weekend's Rally Estonia.

Evans, who sits fourth in the WRC standings, will take time off to recover before returning for Rally Deutschland later in the month.

"I’m absolutely gutted to be missing Rally Finland, but we suffered a pretty heavy landing in Estonia and have been advised to sit it out and focus on making a full and quick recovery," said Evans. 

"It’s a hard one to take right now, but I have to trust the advice of the experts and the team have all been really supportive. I’ll now focus on my recovery, and getting back behind the wheel as soon as possible."

Gus Greensmith and Elliott Edmondson will take up the seat for the event and will complete a pre-event test on location in Finland on Thursday.

Team Principal, Richard Millener, added: "It’s obviously a real shame for everyone not to see Elfyn and Scott in Finland, but when you’re medically advised not to contest an event that’s not something you can ignore. Finland is such a physically demanding rally, and Elfyn’s fitness is our main concern. He has the full support of the team and is already focused on making a quick recovery.

"After their impressive debut with the world rally car earlier this year, we felt it only right to offer the seat to Gus and Elliott. I know they’ll make the most of this opportunity, and they’ll have a pre-event test tomorrow to ensure they’re as prepared as they can be for the challenges ahead."