Toyota star’s co-driver makes unprecedented blunder: “Like losing a wedding ring!”

Scott Martin, co-driver to Toyota WRC star Elfyn Evans, made a rare mistake during the Rally Portugal on Friday.
Scott Martin
Scott Martin. Photo by: Toyota GAZOO Racing WRT
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Martin left his pacenote book at the time control station after the sixth special stage, forcing him to read notes from a phone for the next three stages.

“This was the first time this has ever happened to me, and I hope it’s the last time. We managed without them, but it’s not a pleasant feeling. At least we made it through, and that’s what matters,” Martin told

“I knew I had a backup copy, but I’d never really tested it to see how it would work.”

Evans and Martin’s rally wasn’t entirely undone by Martin’s error; they also suffered a puncture, and their overall pace was off. But losing the pacenotes was a stark reminder for the British co-driver.

“I wouldn’t wish this on anyone, but things like this happen, and there are countless ways it could occur. It’s hard to describe the sensation; maybe it’s like losing a wedding ring,” said Martin.

“We’ll look back on this story and find it a bit funny, but it was a heart-in-mouth moment. Luckily, it didn’t cause a real problem, but it added some drama.”

“Hopefully, tomorrow will be less eventful, and we can feel good in the car. We struggled a bit today with a few things and even picked up a puncture out of nowhere. We’ll try to have a better day tomorrow.”

Evans and Martin are in eighth place, trailing leader Kalle Rovanperä by 1 minute and 43 seconds.

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