Evans will head into Saturday equipped with a 4.5s lead over nine-time Monte Carlo winner Ogier after eight of 17 phases.
Given Ogier’s historical past at his house occasion, the Frenchman is thought to be a robust favorite to attain a tenth occasion win and ended Friday within the ascendency after slashing the hole to Evans.
Whereas Evans admitted he would clearly prefer to problem for victory, the Welshman is already enthusiastic about his title bid and isn’t ready to take additional dangers to beat his part-time team-mate Ogier.
“The plan is evident I simply wish to concentrate on doing my very own rally drive effectively. In fact, we’re driving rapidly like however I’m not prepared to extend the chance degree to catch him [Ogier],” stated Evans.
“I’m comparatively comfortable. The day has been clear on the market and we now have had no points or errors.
“Now we have simply been doing our personal factor and never getting drawn into the 2 guys behind. Issues are working okay however after all, it’s good to be quick, however at the moment we weren’t the quickest.
“It’s Monte Carlo on the finish of the day. It’s a rally the place it’s a must to maintain slightly little bit of a margin, particularly with changeable situations like we now have. Like I stated initially I wish to end if I can, so it’s not an all-out danger for the win. That stated something can occur and naturally, we’re nonetheless taking dangers however making an attempt to handle them.”
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Elfyn Evans, Scott Martin, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota GR Yaris Rally1
Reflecting on his cost up the leaderboard having began the day sitting in third, Ogier added: “I’ve been making an attempt my greatest for the reason that begin of the occasion however final evening was not an incredible begin for me.
“I’m glad that at the moment we managed to be sooner. On the finish of the day, it’s nice to be a lot nearer to him [Evans] and the remainder of the weekend seems to be attention-grabbing.”